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D-Train, Fish fry Astros
Willis does it all in win
Carlos Delgado's homer gave Dontrelle Willis a lead, and the D-Train rolled, allowing just two runs in his seventh complete game of the year and hitting his first homer. Miguel Cabrera and Jeff Conine also went deep as the Fish took over the NL Wild Card lead.
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Marlins 8, Astros 2
Dontrelle Willis (center) returns to the dugout after his two-run homer in the sixth. (Dave Einsel/AP)
Series at a glance:
Astros lose Wild Card lead
With the Wild Card lead on the line, Brandon Backe couldn't afford to give up homers. But the righty surrendered two long balls in five innings. Jason Lane tagged a solo shot to bring the Astros closer, but four Marlins homers on the night dropped the Astros to second in the Wild Card race.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: September 12, 2005
FLA
Florida (77-67)
Won 1
Florida 8, Houston 2   HOU
Houston (76-67)
Lost 2
September 12, 2005
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Florida
2 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 2   8 11 0
Houston
0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0   2 8 1
Standings through 9/12/05  |  Gameday  |  Marlins Stats  |  Astros Stats
FloridaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Castillo, 2B4000103.298
Conine, LF-1B5232012.315
Cabrera, 3B5111003.330
Lowell, 3B0000000.234
Delgado, 1B5122012.298
Aguila, LF0000000.212
Encarnacion, RF4000003.293
Easley, SS3100120.242
Pierre, CF4020000.270
Lo Duca, C4121001.297
Willis, P3212103.259
Totals3781183417 

BATTING
2B: Pierre (14, Backe).
HR: Delgado (29, 1st inning off Backe, 1 on, 2 out), Cabrera (31, 5th inning off Backe, 0 on, 0 out), Willis (1, 6th inning off Strickland, 1 on, 1 out), Conine (3, 9th inning off Springer, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Conine 6; Cabrera 4; Delgado 5; Pierre 3; Lo Duca 2; Willis 4.
RBI: Delgado 2 (104), Lo Duca (53), Cabrera (105), Willis 2 (11), Conine 2 (28).
2-out RBI: Delgado 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Willis; Encarnacion; Conine 2.
GIDP: Encarnacion.
Team LOB: 5.

FIELDING
DP: (Easley-Castillo-Delgado).

 
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Taveras, CF4000005.289
Vizcaino, 3B4110000.261
Biggio, 2B3000011.267
Berkman, 1B3001011.293
Lane, RF4111010.256
Burke, LF4010000.244
Everett, SS3010101.246
Ausmus, C4030001.265
Backe, P0000000.263
a-Scott, PH1000012.159
Strickland, P0000000.000
Burns, P0000000.000
b-Bruntlett, PH1010000.202
Astacio, P0000000.167
Springer, P0000000.000
c-Palmeiro, PH1000002.297
Totals322821413 

a-Struck out for Backe in the 5th. b-Singled for Burns in the 7th. c-Flied out for Springer in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Vizcaino (10, Willis), Burke (18, Willis).
HR: Lane (22, 5th inning off Willis, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Vizcaino 2; Lane 4; Burke 2; Everett; Ausmus 3; Bruntlett.
RBI: Lane (67), Berkman (66).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Taveras 3; Palmeiro.
S: Backe.
SF: Berkman.
GIDP: Berkman.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Vizcaino (5, throw).
DP: (Vizcaino-Biggio-Berkman).

 
FloridaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Willis (W, 21-8)9.08221412.49
 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Backe (L, 8-8)5.07432125.00
Strickland 1.02220116.75
Burns 1.01000005.67
Astacio 1.00000105.75
Springer 1.01221114.96

HBP: Biggio (by Willis).
Pitches-strikes: Willis 114-74, Backe 83-55, Strickland 23-15, Burns 8-5, Astacio 7-6, Springer 24-13.
Ground outs-fly outs: Willis 11-12, Backe 9-5, Strickland 0-2, Burns 3-0, Astacio 1-1, Springer 0-2.
Batters faced: Willis 36, Backe 24, Strickland 5, Burns 3, Astacio 3, Springer 5.
Umpires: HP: Bruce Dreckman. 1B: Doug Eddings. 2B: James Hoye. 3B: Bill Hohn.
Weather: 72 degrees, roof closed.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 2:27.
Att: 27,538.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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