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Miami at Houston

    Astros 6, Marlins 3

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    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Lucas Harrell is trying to pitch himself into the race for the No. 5 spot in the Astros' rotation.

    He's doing a pretty good job.

    Harrell gave up three singles an unearned run over five innings in his first start of spring training, helping Houston beat the Florida Marlins 6-3 Wednesday.

    "I feel like there's still a few guys ahead of me," the 26-year-old Harrell said. "I didn't really pitch well at the beginning of spring, but hopefully I can finish strong and put something in their heads. Hopefully I can make a push to make this team."

    Harrell started in Bud Norris' spot because Norris experienced tightness in his triceps, moving his next start back to Sunday. Harrell is still in the competition with Jordan Lyles and Kyle Weiland for the Astros' No. 5 pitching spot.

    "We're kind of wading through a few issues as we move into this last week," manager Brad Mills said.

    Harrell outdueled Carlos Zambrano, who gave up five hits and five walks in four innings for the Marlins.

    Chris Johnson and Marwin Gonzalez each had two hits for the Astros and Brian Bogusevic hit a two-run single off Zambrano.

    Harrell walked none and 11 of his 15 outs came on groundballs, an indication that his sinker was effective.

    "In my last couple of outings, I wasn't getting a lot of groundballs because my arm angle was a little high," he said. "I wanted to make sure I got the right arm slot to get that sinker going, get some groundballs."

    Houston shortstop Jed Lowrie left the game in the third inning with a sprained right thumb after getting picked off second game. X-rays were negative.

    Lowrie's fine spring (.333 with two home runs in 14 games) has been marred by a painful foul tip off his right foot, a pitch off his left leg and now the thumb injury.

    "Hopefully it's ice a couple days and I'm back out there. That's ideal," he said. "I'm going to go with that until they tell me otherwise."

    NOTES: Omar Infante had two of Miami's hits and scored twice. ... Astros center fielder Jordan Schafer returned from Atlanta where he had his sprained left hand examined. Schafer expects to play by Sunday. ... Astros outfielder Justin Ruggiano was in Austin, Tex., where his wife gave birth to a girl . . . In 17 2-3 g innings, Zambrano has 18 strikeouts and 14 walks. ... Utilityman Brian Bixler, who hit three home runs this spring, and Angel Sanchez, last year's opening-day shortstop, were among five players optioned or reassigned to the minors Wednesday, reducing Houston's roster to 34 players.

     
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    Miami Marlins
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Emilio Bonifacio, CF3000001 .167
        Beau Jones, P0000000 .000
        Aaron Dudley, 1B1000001 .000
    Omar Infante, 2B3220000 .350
        Nick Green, 2B1000001 .190
    Gaby Sanchez, 1B3010001 .234
        Wade LeBlanc, P0000000 .250
        Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
       a- Austin Kearns, PH1000000 .353
        Rob Delaney, P0000000 .000
    John Buck, C3000001 .237
        Clint Sammons, C1000010 .375
    Bryan Petersen, RF4020000 .250
    Chris Coghlan, LF4010023 .231
    Donovan Solano, SS-3B3110001 .389
       b- Alfredo Lopez, PH10100001.000
    Donnie Murphy, 3B3021000 .222
        Terrence Dayleg, SS1000011 .000
    Carlos Zambrano, P1000000 .333
       c- Aaron Rowand, PH-CF2000002 .128
       d- James Wooster, PH1000001 .000
    Totals36310104  
    a-grounded out for Mujica in the 8th
    b-singled for Solano in the 9th
    c-grounded out for Zambrano in the 5th
    d-grounded into a double play for Rowand in the 9th
    Batting
    2B - Omar Infante (3, Carpenter)
    3B - Donovan Solano (1, Wright)
    RBI - Donnie Murphy (1)
    SB - Bryan Petersen (3, 2nd base off Carpenter/Snyder), Donnie Murphy (1, 2nd base off Harrell/Snyder)
    Team LOB - 6
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Emilio Bonifacio 1
    DP - Solano-Green-Dudley, Sammons-Dayleg
    E - John Buck (1, Interference)
    Miami Marlins
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Carlos Zambrano (L,0-2) 4533510 5.09
    Beau Jones 1333210 5.40
    Wade LeBlanc 1100000 1.31
    Edward Mujica 1100010 1.50
    Rob Delaney 1100010 5.06
    WP - Carlos Zambrano (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 37-17, Beau Jones 16-8, Wade LeBlanc 3-3, Edward Mujica 6-6, Rob Delaney 5-5
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 6-3, Beau Jones 1-1, Wade LeBlanc 1-1, Edward Mujica 1-1
    Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 20, Beau Jones 8, Wade LeBlanc 4, Edward Mujica 4, Rob Delaney 3
    Houston Astros
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Brian Bogusevic, CF4012005 .214
        David Carpenter, P0000000 .000
        Jake Goebbert, RF1000000 .300
    Jed Lowrie, SS2010000 .333
        Marwin Gonzalez, SS3020001 .188
    J.D. Martinez, LF3110000 .279
        J.B. Shuck, PR-LF1000011 .279
    Carlos Lee, 1B1100301 .316
        Jordan Kreke, 2B0000000 .000
    Travis Buck, RF3211102 .344
        Wesley Wright, P0000000 .000
        Brett Myers, P0000000 .000
    Chris Johnson, 3B3120114 .340
        Brett Wallace, 3B0000000 .275
    Chris Snyder, C4011012 .265
        Carlos Corporan, C0000000 .182
    Jose Altuve, 2B1100212 .289
        Brandon Barnes, CF1000001 .333
    Lucas Harrell, P1010000 .500
       a- Matt Downs, PH-2B^1B2012001 .194
    Totals30611674  
    a-doubled for Harrell in the 5th
    Batting
    2B - Chris Johnson (6, Mujica), Matt Downs (2, Jones)
    SH - Lucas Harrell (1)
    RBI - Brian Bogusevic 2 (4), Travis Buck (4), Chris Snyder (6), Matt Downs 2 (6)
    2-OUT RBI - Brian Bogusevic 2 (2), Matt Downs 2 (3)
    CS - Marwin Gonzalez (1, 2nd base by Delaney/Sammons)
    PK - Jed Lowrie (1, Zambrano)
    Team LOB - 9
    Fielding
    DP - Downs-Gonzalez-Lee, Myers-Gonzalez-Downs
    E - Brian Bogusevic (1, Dropped fly)
    Houston Astros
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Lucas Harrell (W,1-0) 5310000 2.16
    David Carpenter (H,2) 1311010 5.63
    Wesley Wright (H,3) 2311020 4.00
    Brett Myers (S,1) 1100010 5.25
    WP - Lucas Harrell (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Lucas Harrell 21-19, David Carpenter 7-7, Wesley Wright 13-13, Brett Myers 5-5
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lucas Harrell 11-5, David Carpenter 1-0, Wesley Wright 2-2, Brett Myers 1-0
    Batters Faced - Lucas Harrell 19, David Carpenter 5, Wesley Wright 9, Brett Myers 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 3143
    Game Time - 2:33
    Temperature - 79
    Umpires - Home - Mark Lollo, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Sam Holbrook