Houston, TX – Brian Bogusevic drove home the game-winning run with a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Houston Astros edged the Miami Marlins, 3-2, in the middle test of a three-game set at Minute Maid Park.
Bogusevic's double was the only extra-base hit for Houston, while six other Astros added singles, including starter Aneury Rodriguez, who gave up two runs on two hits while fanning six over six innings.
"I think pinch-hitting is one of those things where the more you do it, the more comfortable you get," Bogusevic said. "You kind of get a feel for things you want to and things you might want to stay away from in that situation."
Wilton Lopez (3-0) tossed a scoreless eighth to collect the win and Brett Myers earned his eighth save of the season despite allowing a hit in the ninth. Houston snapped a brief two-game skid.
The Marlins got solo homers from Omar Infante and John Buck, but it wasn't enough as their seven-game winning streak came to an end.
Ryan Webb (1-1) allowed Bogusevic's game-deciding hit to absorb the loss.
With the game tied at 2-2, the Astros took the lead for good in the eighth. Travis Buck started the two-out rally by slapping a single into right field and Bogusevic followed with a double down the line in left to bring home Buck.
In the ninth, Myers induced groundouts from Emilio Bonifacio and Hanley Ramirez. He then allowed a single to Logan Morrison, but recovered and got Infante to roll into a fielder's choice to end the game.
Earlier, the Marlins broke the scoreless deadlock in the fourth when Infante turned on a high fastball from Rodriguez and sent it four rows back into the left-field seats for the Marlins' first hit of the game and a 1-0 lead.
It was 2-0 for the Marlins in the fifth after Buck got a fastball that ran up and in and ripped it just over the wall and into the first row in left field.
Houston struck for a pair of runs in the sixth with a little help from some poor defensive execution by the Marlins.
Pinch-hitter Marwin Gonzalez started the frame with a single, Jose Altuve reached on an infield single to shortstop and Carlos Lee walked following a groundout by Jed Lowrie to load the bases with two outs.
Buck then slapped a grounder to Infante, but he couldn't come up with it cleanly. Infante then compounded the blunder by throwing the ball away, which allowed Gonzalez and Altuve to score.
"Omar's one of the best second basemen in the league," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Guys make errors, that's part of the game and I have no problem with it."
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