Happ will be making his fifth start for Houston since coming over in the Roy Oswalt trade. He earned his second win as an Astro in his last outing, allowing two runs on three hits in five innings. Happ has appeared in five games -- two starts -- against Florida in his career, holding a 5.51 ERA. Marlins: Ross could be about to turn corner
After going 43 at-bats without an extra-base hit, Cody Ross has hit a double in each of his last two games. Ross' fifth-inning double on Wednesday broke an 0-for-16 streak, and, although Ross went 1-for-5 on Thursday, Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said he likes the way the center fielder has looked at the plate recently.
"I think he was jumping at the plate. What that means is he was pushing off his back leg, and that makes his swing a little bit longer," Rodriguez said. "He's been working with hitting coach John Mallee. On Wednesday night he took four or five quality at-bats, and hopefully that can be a start for Cody, because he can help us and we need him."Worth noting
The Marlins are 23-12 against left-handed starters. ... Houston's 3-2 victory over the Mets on Thursday was its ninth straight come-from-behind win.
Fri, 8/20 7:10 PM ET
Sanchez sparkles, hangs 10th on Astros
Anibal Sanchez threw seven shutout innings and reached 10 victories in a season for the first time since 2006. Sanchez had an RBI single in a four-run seventh that broke the game open and Dan Uggla had two RBIs.
|Sanchez, Ag, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.276|
|Lee, Ca, LF||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.247|
|Johnson, C, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.340|
|Castro, Ja, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.195|
|Abad, F, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ramirez, H, SS||3||3||2||1||1||0||0||.285|
|Sanchez, G, 1B||3||0||2||1||1||0||0||.287|
|Ross, C, CF||4||2||2||1||0||0||0||.263|
|Luna, H, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||1||1||.182|
|Sanchez, An, P||3||1||1||1||0||2||0||.140|
2B: Johnson, C (14, Sanchez, An), Castro, Ja (3, Sanchez, An).
TB: Johnson, C 2; Manzella; Castro, Ja 2.
Team RISP: 1-for-3.
Team LOB: 3.
DP: 2 (Castro, Ja-Sanchez, Ag, Manzella-Sanchez, Ag-Wallace).
2B: Ramirez, H (23, Happ), Ross, C (24, Fulchino), Sanchez, G (30, Byrdak).
HR: Ross, C (11, 8th inning off Abad, F, 0 on, 1 out), Luna, H (1, 8th inning off Abad, F, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Ramirez, H 3; Bonifacio 2; Sanchez, G 3; Uggla; Ross, C 6; Luna, H 5; Sanchez, An.
RBI: Bonifacio 2 (5), Uggla 2 (79), Sanchez, An (1), Ramirez, H (61), Sanchez, G (59), Ross, C (56), Luna, H (1).
2-out RBI: Sanchez, An; Ramirez, H; Bonifacio; Sanchez, G.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Uggla.
Team RISP: 4-for-8.
Team LOB: 3.
CS: Luna, H (1, 2nd base by Happ/Castro, Ja).
Outfield assists: Bonifacio (Johnson, C at home).
Pitches-strikes: Happ 101-58, Fulchino 32-21, Byrdak 6-4, Abad, F 13-12, Sanchez, An 88-55, Ohman 13-8, Sanches 13-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Happ 1-4, Fulchino 0-2, Byrdak 0-1, Abad, F 0-0, Sanchez, An 10-2, Ohman 0-1, Sanches 1-0.
Batters faced: Happ 23, Fulchino 6, Byrdak 2, Abad, F 5, Sanchez, An 24, Ohman 3, Sanches 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Byrdak 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Paul Emmel. 1B: Bill Hohn. 2B: Gary Darling. 3B: Bruce Dreckman.
Weather: 81 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 5 mph, Out to CF.
T: 2:33 (:37 delay).
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media