McCullers Cruises As Astros Sweep Marlins

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The Miami Marlins are for sale, and their players aren't helping the team's market value. "This is extended. At some point, we've just got to play better". He's negotiating with a group that includes former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter, and another group led by businessman Tagg Romney, son of the former Republican nominee for president.

Speaking of manageable, manager Don Mattingly chose to keep Koehler in through the third inning which ended at 8-2. If you have no idea what I look like, then I'll let you know it is not at all like Apollo Creed. "I can't speak for guys".

Lance McCullers pitched six scoreless innings, and Jose Altuve slugged four extra-base hits to lead the Houston Astros to a 3-0 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday afternoon at Marlins Park.

Before every start McCullers draws 16, Fernandez's jersey number, on the mound while sporting Jose's A2K glove.

Jayson Werth went 3-for-5 and Stephen Strasburg allowed three runs and four hits in six-plus innings.

Jose Alvarado retired all six batters he faced and Alex Colome pitched out of a ninth-inning jam for his 10th save.

Eduardo Rodriguez (2-1) allowed three runs and five hits over six innings to earn the victory.

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Sources have told Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports that the Astros are likely to pursue a starter and a left-handed reliever before the trade deadline and that Pirates ace Gerrit Cole and lefty Tony Watson are pitchers who "intrigue" the club. Only Fernandez has topped that with an Major League Baseball record of three or fewer runs in his first 25 starts at Marlins Park.

Altuve was hit on the left hand by a 92 miles per hour fastball from Straily but stayed in the game and contributed a two-run single in the seventh, then hit his sixth homer in the ninth.

"One of our big goals was to pitch against each other one time (in the major leagues)".

"Sometimes it takes a little while to get untracked, " Houston manager A.J. Hinch said.

The 3-0 win on Wednesday moved the Astros run differential after 41 games to +61, which is also the best in baseball.

Houston scored three runs in the first inning as Carlos Correa, McCann and Marwin Gonzalez all produced run-scoring singles.

Gordon, trying for a forceout, made an errant nonchalant backhanded throw to second base on a routine grounder with two out in the sixth.

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Miami closed its deficit to 3-2 in the bottom of the first.

"That was a mental mistake on my part", he said. I got pretty lucky in that regard.

"I don't want to make excuses, " he said. The Marlins have lost 17 of their past 21 games and are in last place in the National League East. "I was able to swing the bat, so I feel good, especially because we won". "That's any team though when you go through a tough stretch", Mattingly said.

NOTES: Miami claimed INF Christian Colon off waivers from the Kansas City Royals.

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.

Miami: RHP Edinson Volquez (0-5, 4.41) is scheduled to start for the Marlins when they begin a four-game series Thursday at the Dodgers.

The Astros go for the sweep in an early matinee game today.

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