KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Dan Uggla and prized outfield prospect Mike Stanton hit back-to-back home runs off Wandy Rodriguez in the top of the first inning, and the Florida Marlins pounded their way to a 16-4 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.
Brett Carroll had three hits and scored four runs for the Marlins, while reigning rookie of the year Chris Coghlan, Emilio Bonifacio, Brian Barden, Uggla, Wes Helms and Gaby Sanchez each collected two hits. Coghlan also added four RBI.
Marlins starter Hayden Penn retired nine straight hitters in a perfect three-inning outing, heating up the competition for the Marlins' final three rotation spots behind Josh Johnson and Ricky Nolasco.
Rodriguez struggled in his second start of the spring, allowing six runs on six hits.