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Pence hits pair of 3-run HRs, Astros top Marlins

Aug 13, 2009 - 3:33 AM By ANTONIO GONZALEZ Associated Press Writer

MIAMI(AP) -- Lance Berkman provided a big boost in his return to the Houston Astros lineup. Hunter Pence gave them an even bigger lift - twice.

Pence hit a pair of three-run homers for a career-high six RBIs, powering the Astros to a 14-6 victory over the Florida Marlins on Wednesday night. Struggling recently, the homers were a welcome sign for Pence.

"You play enough games eventually you will do something good if you keep swinging hard," Pence said.

Pence's home runs highlighted a five-run first inning and a seven-run fourth that chased Ricky Nolasco (8-8). Florida had won five in a row.

Berkman hit two RBI doubles in his first game in almost three weeks. He was activated earlier in the day after being on the disabled list with a strained left calf, and the difference he made in the lineup was felt immediately.

"He's a big factor for us," Astros manager Cecil Cooper said. "And we need him to be effective."

Bud Norris (3-0) struck out six in five innings. He became the first pitcher to win his first three starts with Houston since Roger Clemens won his first seven in 2004.

NL batting leader Hanley Ramirez hit his 17th home run of the season and added a double for the Marlins.

Not even free-swinging Florida could outslug the Astros on this night.

Pence's homer capped the big first inning. Berkman hit his second RBI double of the game in the second to put the Astros ahead 6-0.

But they were just getting started.

Pence hit another shot over the left-field scoreboard in the fourth, this time off reliever Tim Wood. Lee added a two-run single earlier in the inning, and by the time it was over, the Astros were ahead 13-3.

"Those guys make you pitch," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We just couldn't get through those innings. It happens. We go out (Thursday) and still have a chance to win the series. That's what we always talk about."

The Astros are finally starting to get healthy after weeks of injuries, and they hope it's not too late to get back in playoff contention.

Berkman and reliever LaTroy Hawkins (left shoulder strain) were activated off the disabled list before the game. And three starting pitches - Roy Oswalt, Mike Hampton and Wandy Rodriguez - are all healthy again after being injured in the last few weeks.

Time for making a playoff push is running out.

"All kidding aside, this was a big win for us," Berkman said. "If we're going to do anything this year, we have to do it now. It's not early anymore."

Florida piled up 13 hits and has had at least 10 hits in a club-record nine straight games. But it's the Marlins' starting pitching - considered a strength for most of the year - that has been slumping lately.

"It's tough to dig yourself out of those holes," Marlins catcher John Baker said. "We've been doing it lately, making comebacks, but it's tough to do it every night."

The Marlins scattered runs throughout, with Ramirez's two-run homer to straightaway center trimming Houston's lead to 13-5 in the fourth.

The Astros never relented, with Geoff Blum's eighth home run of the season stretching their lead to 14-5 in the eighth. Chris Coghlan extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single in the bottom half.

NOTES: The Marlins optioned Wood to Triple-A New Orleans after the game and will fill his spot on the roster Thursday, the team said. ... Hampton (right knee) will make his regularly scheduled start Thursday in the finale of the four-game series against the Marlins, Cooper said. Hampton left Saturday's start against Milwaukee after two innings with a sprain in his right knee. ... Pence's previous single-game career high for RBIs was five against the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 31, 2007.






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    Astros 14, Marlins 6  FinalAug 13 5:28 AM


  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    HOUSTON 5 1 0 7 0 0 0 1 0 14 16 1
    FLORIDA 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 6 13 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: HOU - BUD NORRIS, TIM BYRDAK (6TH), ALBERTO ARIAS (8TH), LATROY
    HAWKINS (9TH) AND IVAN RODRIGUEZ, HUMBERTO QUINTERO (8TH)
    FLA - RICKY NOLASCO, TIM WOOD (4TH), KIKO CA

    Aug 12 10:47 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CHRIS COGHLAN SCORED CODY ROSS
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C COGHLAN ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 14
    FLORIDA 6 BOTTOM,8TH
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: N JOHNSON (.296, 0-FOR-4)

    Astros 14, Marlins 6  Bot 8, 0 OutsAug 12 10:21 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY GEOFF BLUM (8) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    8TH OFF MATT LINDSTROM.
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 14, FLORIDA 5
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: H PENCE (.292, 2-FOR-4, 2 HR, 6 RBI)

    Astros 14, Marlins 5  Top 8, 0 OutsAug 12 10:02 PM


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    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY HANLEY RAMIREZ (17) TO CENTER WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 4TH OFF BUD NORRIS SCORED NICK JOHNSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 13, FLORIDA 5
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: J CANTU (.277, 1-FOR-2)

    Astros 13, Marlins 5  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 12 9:01 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY HANLEY RAMIREZ ALLOWED IVAN RODRIGUEZ TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 7 RUNS IN, B NORRIS ON SECOND, K MATSUI ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 13
    FLORIDA 3 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: M BOURN (.290, 3-FOR-3)

    Astros 13, Marlins 3  Top 4, 0 OutsAug 12 8:50 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY HUNTER PENCE (16) TO LEFT CENTER WITH
    2 OUT IN THE 4TH OFF TIM WOOD SCORED CARLOS LEE AND LANCE
    BERKMAN.
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 12, FLORIDA 3
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: I RODRIGUEZ (.252, 0-FOR-2)

    Astros 12, Marlins 3  Top 4, 0 OutsAug 12 8:46 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS LEE SCORED MICHAEL BOURN AND BUD NORRIS
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, C LEE ON FIRST, L BERKMAN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 9
    FLORIDA 3 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: G BLUM (.265, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Astros 9, Marlins 3  Top 4, 0 OutsAug 12 8:41 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY MIGUEL TEJADA SCORED KAZUO MATSUI
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M BOURN ON SECOND, B NORRIS ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 7
    FLORIDA 3 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: L BERKMAN (.278, 2-FOR-2, 2 RBI)

    Astros 7, Marlins 3  Top 4, 0 OutsAug 12 8:36 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    FORCE OUT BY CODY ROSS SCORED HANLEY RAMIREZ
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C ROSS ON FIRST, J CANTU ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 6
    FLORIDA 3 BOTTOM,3RD
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: J HERMIDA (.255, 0-FOR-0, SF, RBI)

    Astros 6, Marlins 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsAug 12 8:25 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RICKY NOLASCO SCORED DAN UGGLA
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R NOLASCO ON FIRST, C ROSS ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 6
    FLORIDA 2 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: C COGHLAN (.287, 0-FOR-1)

    Astros 6, Marlins 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsAug 12 8:01 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JEREMY HERMIDA SCORED JORGE CANTU
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C ROSS ON FIRST, D UGGLA ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 6
    FLORIDA 1 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: R NOLASCO (.161, 0 HR, 2 RBI)

    Astros 6, Marlins 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsAug 12 8:00 PM


  • NL
    AT FLORIDA - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY LANCE BERKMAN SCORED MICHAEL BOURN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, L BERKMAN ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 6
    FLORIDA 0 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: C LEE (.315, 1-FOR-1, RBI)

    Astros 6, Marlins 0  Top 2, 0 OutsAug 12 7:51 PM


  • NL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    HOUSTON 5 5 4 0
    FLORIDA 0 0 0 (BOT 1)


    CURRENT PITCHERS: HOU - BUD NORRIS
    FLA - RICKY NOLASCO

    DUE UP FOR FLORIDA: C COGHLAN (.288, 6 HR, 27 RBI)
    N JOHNSON (.299, 7 HR, 48 RBI)
    H RAMIREZ (.351, 16 HR, 77 RBI)

    Astros 5, Marlins 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 12 7:31 PM