McCullers helps Astros beat Marlins 3-0 to complete sweep

McCullers helps Astros beat Marlins 3-0 to complete sweep

Meanwhile, Jose Altuve had a pair of triples and a double, and George Springer drove in a pair of runs with a sixth-inning single.

Houston began the game leading the American League in hits and batting average but managed only one hit in five innings against Straily. It feels like an entirely different season from the end of April where the Marlins were in 2nd place in the NL East and locked in to contend for a Wild Card spot.

Speaking of manageable, manager Don Mattingly made a decision to keep Koehler in through the third inning which ended at 8-2.

"I do give a lot of credit to a lot of people in my life who helped me get here", McCullers told the Chronicle, "but I think he was one that pushed me a lot and gave me a lot of advice along the way through training and just what it was going to take to get here". Schwarber's continued trouble in the leadoff spot and the shaky performance so far by the rotation had created some angst for a fan base expecting more of the same after Chicago's historic World Series championship previous year, but no one seemed a bit anxious around the team. On Tuesday, it was former Marlins outfielder Jake Marisnick, who hit two homers and a double, driving in four runs.

The right-hander took a 6-1 lead into the sixth, but Edwin Encarnacion broke an 0-for-18 skid with a two-run homer to cap a three-run rally.

Zach Eflin (0-1) allowed 11 hits and seven runs in four innings.

Springer led off the game with a double over a leaping Giancarlo Stanton in right field.

It was the fourth first-inning run scored in this series by Houston and its 10th in the last four games. Alex Bregman hit one in Sunday night's win at Yankee Stadium.

A Target Field security guard walks on field as rain delays the start of a baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and Colorado Rockies on Wednesday

Keuchel allowed two runs, both in the first inning, and threw 70 pitches before departing with a 10-2 lead.

Gordon said he should have gone to first base with the ball.

"I don't want to make excuses, " he said.

Miami (14-24) lost for the 16th time in 20 games.

3B Marwin Gonzalez extended his hit streak to 11 games.

NOTES: Miami claimed INF Christian Colon off waivers from the Kansas City Royals. Miami optioned RHP Tom Koehler to New Orleans, placed RHP Junichi Tazawa on the disabled list and designated INF Mike Aviles for assignment.

Yes, the Astros' slugging lineup presents a big challenge in front of Urena, but fortunately fit under backers, they'll be setting some key regulars like Carlos Correa, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann. Miami starts a six-game road trip on Thursday night at the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Houston: Following a day off, RHP Charlie Morton (5-2, 3.97) is scheduled to start Friday for the Astros when they return home to open a three-game series against Cleveland.

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