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Marlins overcoming struggles of men in the middle

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The middle of their order continues to struggle for offense, but the Marlins are feeling good after going 5-3 on their first trip.

They won three of the five games against division rivals Philadelphia and Atlanta. And they rallied to either tie the game or take the lead five times on the trip.

"All the close games are the ones we lost just about every time last year," right fielder Mike Stanton said. "It shows we are bringing new strengths, a new feel for the game compared to last year. It's a good feeling."

Omar Infante is batting .222, Hanley Ramirez .244 and Stanton .194. That's a combined 30-for-135 (.222) from the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 hitters.

"We had a very good trip without Omar's or Hanley's or Stanton's offense," manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "The time will come when we're going to score more runs for this bullpen and for the starters."

The Marlins open a nine-game homestand on Tuesday against the Pirates, followed by the Rockies and Dodgers. They're hoping to trip served as a tune-up.

"We all feel very good about the whole road trip," Rodriguez said. "The pitching was good, the defense was good, we came from behind three or four games. Overall it was a very, very good road trip. We're very pleased with what we have seen so far."

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