McCullers helps Astros beat Marlins 3-0 to complete sweep

McCullers helps Astros beat Marlins 3-0 to complete sweep

The Miami Marlins are for sale, and their players aren't helping the team's market value.

Houston and Miami will conclude their three-game interleague set Wednesday afternoon, and with Lance McCullers going, bettors should think about the under.

Jake Marisnick and Brian McCann each had four RBIs as the Houston Astros defeated the Miami Marlins 12-2 on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Andrew Cashner finally won in his home state of Texas, pitching seven solid innings to help the Rangers match the longest winning streak in the majors this year at eight games with a 9-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

Miami ended its homestand at 1-8. "We've just got to find a way to get some wins". 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.

"I don't know that I've ever been through (a stretch) like this", Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "I can't speak for guys".

McCullers (4-1), wearing Fernandez's No. 16 on his cleats as a tribute, allowed three hits and two walks. Their friendship began when they were high school pitchers in the Tampa area.

If they acquire Cole, the Astros will team him up with left-hander and 2015 Cy Young victor Dallas Keuchel and righty Lance McCullers, making them a unsafe big three in the postseason.

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

Relievers Chris Devenski, Will Harris and Ken Giles preserved the shutout as the Astros lowered their team ERA to 3.41 - best in the AL and equaling the Los Angeles Dodgers for best in the major leagues.

CLEVELAND - Alex Cobb pitched seven strong innings and Tampa Bay hit three more home runs in a win over Cleveland at Progressive Field.

It will be a hard task though, as the Astros offense has been rolling, averaging 6.4 runs per game in May. In addition, they would retain Cole through the 2019 season since he still has two years left on his contract.

"Sometimes it takes a little while to get untracked, " Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. "It was in incredible display on how to win games". Houston's other batting hero was George Springer, who went 2-for-5 with two RBIs.

ROCKIES 7, TWINS 3: MINNEAPOLIS - Charlie Blackmon hit a towering two-run homer during a fourrun sixth inning and finished with three hits to lead the Colorado Rockies over the Minnesota Twins.

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

"That was a mental mistake on my part", Gordon said. I got pretty lucky in that regard. I can't let that happen.

"I don't want to make excuses, " he said. "It's my fault we lost the game". The Marlins have lost 17 of their past 21 games and are in last place in the National League East.



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