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Jones and Ozuna lead Marlins over Astros 4-2

By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer
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HOUSTON (AP) Before leaving for a seven-game trip last on July 18, the Miami Marlins had won just once in their previous seven games.

What a difference a week made.

Garrett Jones and Marcell Ozuna homered to lead the Marlins over the Houston Astros 4-2 Sunday to complete a three game sweep and a 6-1 trip.

It's the first time they've ever swept in Houston and was their first series sweep since beating the Rays in consecutive two-game series from June 2-5.

''It feels good that we were able to come in here and not have a letdown after a great series in Atlanta,'' Miami manager Mike Redmond said. ''I think that's probably the biggest thing. We did what we needed to do to win, and that's a good feeling out there right now.''

Jones' homer capped a three-run first for the Marlins, and Ozuna padded the lead with his solo shot in the sixth.

''It was huge to get this last win and head home and confidence is high,'' Jones said. ''We've got the Nationals coming in so it's going to be a big next few games. It was good to have a good road trip and just take that confidence going back home and continue playing good baseball.''

Jacob Turner (4-6) allowed one run and six hits in 5 2-3 innings to win his second start since moving from the bullpen.

''I really just felt like I had to battle all day, didn't have my best stuff,'' Turner said. ''But at the same time made some pitches when I needed to, got out of jams and that was huge.''

Steve Cishek allowed one run in the ninth before getting his 26th save in 29 chances.

Houston's Collin McHugh (4-9), back from a disabled list stint caused by a finger blister, made his first start since July 6 and gave up four runs and seven hits 6 1-3 innings with nine strikeouts for his sixth straight loss.

''When you start talking ... (records) for a starting pitcher, a lot of things have to go right,'' manager Bo Porter said. ''You can pitch well and still not factor into the decision. We've got to score runs. That's pretty much the difference in the game.''

Jose Altuve hit a leadoff homer, and Jon Singleton had a solo drive in the ninth for the Astros, who have lost five in a row and eight of 10.

Altuve homered and singled twice for his second straight three-hit game and 18th this year. He leads the major leagues with a .344 average and 148 hits, and he also swiped his AL-best 42nd base.

Miami's Giancarlo Stanton struck out four times and has fanned in six straight at-bats.

Christian Yelich hit a leadoff single and scored on a triple by Jordany Valdespin, who came home on Casey McGehee's sacrifice fly. Jones made it 3-0 with his 11th homer, a drive about five rows into the eight-field stands.

Altuve's second leadoff homer of the season and third of his career cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom half.

Ozuna extended the lead to 4-1 with a sixth-inning homer into the Crawford Boxes in left.

Singleton's ninth-inning homer off Cishek was his first since July 7 and stopped an 0 for 11 skid.

''It's been a while since I hit a ball hard,'' said Singleton, who is hitting just .178. ''It's always nice when you can hit a ball like. Hopefully we can pick up some momentum from what happened (Sunday).

NOTES: RHP Mark Appel, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 amateur draft, has been promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi from Class A Lancaster, where he was 2-5 with a 9.74 ERA in 12 starts. ... The Astros recalled RHP Paul Clemens from Triple-A Oklahoma City before the game. ... Brett Oberholtzer is scheduled to pitch for Houston on Monday, when the Astros open a three-game series with Oakland. ... The Marlins return home to start a three-game series against Washington with Nathan Eovaldi pitching.

 
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Houston

J. Altuve
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Miami

M. Ozuna
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Christian Yelich, LF3110212.280.361.422
Jordany Valdespin, RF3111011.250.280.500
Giancarlo Stanton, DH4000043.292.391.536
Casey McGehee, 3B3001011.310.376.383
Garrett Jones, 1B4111010.252.317.416
Marcell Ozuna, CF4121020.270.318.456
Donovan Solano, 2B4010031.265.312.326
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS3010000.273.300.333
Jeff Mathis, C4010013.202.283.281
Jacob Turner, P0000000.231.286.385
   Dan Jennings, P0000000.000.000.000
   Chris Hatcher, P0000000.000.000.000
   Bryan Morris, P0000000.000.000.000
   Steve Cishek, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals32484214    
Batting
3B - Jordany Valdespin (1, McHugh)
HR - Garrett Jones (11, McHugh), Marcell Ozuna (16, McHugh)
SF - Casey McGehee (5)
SH - Jordany Valdespin (3), Adeiny Hechavarria (3)
RBI - Jordany Valdespin (3), Casey McGehee (59), Garrett Jones (40), Marcell Ozuna (55)
2-OUT RBI - Garrett Jones (9)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - McGehee-Solano-G. Jones
E - Marcell Ozuna (3, Misplayed grounder)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jacob Turner (W,4-6) 5.2611241 5.69
Dan Jennings (H,3) 0.1000000 1.20
Chris Hatcher (H,3) 1000010 3.16
Bryan Morris (H,11) 1000020 1.93
Steve Cishek (S,26) 1111021 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Jacob Turner 96-54, Dan Jennings 4-2, Chris Hatcher 12-8, Bryan Morris 10-8, Steve Cishek 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jacob Turner 3-9, Chris Hatcher 1-1, Bryan Morris 1-0
Batters Faced - Jacob Turner 24, Dan Jennings 1, Chris Hatcher 3, Bryan Morris 3, Steve Cishek 4
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Jose Altuve, 2B4131000.344.378.451
Marwin Gonzalez, SS4010002.274.324.390
Chris Carter, LF4000023.212.289.471
Jason Castro, DH4000012.226.294.377
Matt Dominguez, 3B4010011.232.277.360
Jon Singleton, 1B2111210.178.266.350
Carlos Corporan, C4000012.248.290.413
Marc Krauss, RF2010002.194.281.323
   a-Robbie Grossman, PH-RF2000020.194.310.294
Enrique Hernandez, CF3000013.268.333.380
Collin McHugh, P0000000.000.000.000
   Darin Downs, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jake Buchanan, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3327229    
a-struck out for Krauss in the 7th
Batting
HR - Jose Altuve (4, Turner), Jon Singleton (7, Cishek)
RBI - Jose Altuve (32), Jon Singleton (24)
SB - Jose Altuve (42, 2nd base off Turner/Mathis)
Team LOB - 6
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Collin McHugh (L,4-9) 6.1744192 3.45
Darin Downs 0.1000110 4.91
Jake Buchanan 2.1100040 5.56
Pitches-Strikes - Collin McHugh 107-74, Darin Downs 10-6, Jake Buchanan 31-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Collin McHugh 4-6, Jake Buchanan 3-0
Batters Faced - Collin McHugh 27, Darin Downs 2, Jake Buchanan 8
Game Information
Attendance - 17858
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Pat Hoberg