The Miami Marlins won their third game in a row on Saturday with a 7-3 win over the Houston Astros.
Helping the Marlins win their 50th game of the year and sixth in their last seven tries was Tom Koehler. The right-hander did not have his best stuff but he did enough to battle through five innings and earn his seventh win of the season.
Koehler gave up nine hits in his five innings but only three runs came across. He needed to battle out of repeated jams and stressful innings. Even though Koehler had thrown only 71 pitches, manager Mike Redmond elected to take him out when the game headed to the sixth inning.
Dan Jennings, A.J. Ramos worked the next three innings and did not allow a run. With the Marlins up four in the ninth, the ball was given to Chris Hatcher who finished the game with a scoreless inning.
One of the big hits of the day came from Giancarlo Stanton when he hit a three-run double in the second inning. Stanton now has 69 runs batted in on the season which leads the National League.
Casey McGehee had a run-scoring single which was a positive sign for the third baseman. McGehee has been struggling as of late after going most of the season without any prolonged slump.
In the ninth inning, Jordany Valdespin hit a two-run home run to pad the lead for the Marlins. It was the first blast of the year for Valdespin who recently joined the team.
The Marlins will go for the sweep on Sunday when Jacob Turner is slated to make the start.