Astros, Marlins get strong starts during tie

March 29th, 2017

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Dan Straily held his former team to five hits and one run in six innings to lead the Marlins to a 5-5 tie against the Astros on Wednesday afternoon at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. It was the final Grapefruit League game for the Astros, who were headed to Houston on Wednesday night.
Astros starter Mike Fiers worked 5 1/3 innings in his final start before the regular season, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and three walks, while striking out five.
Trailing by three runs entering the bottom of the ninth, singled and walked to bring up the tying run for Houston. then drilled a three-run home run to right field for his second homer of the spring, knotting the game at 5.
led off the first for the Astros with a triple and scored on a one-out double by . The Marlins took a 2-1 lead in the third when and J.T. Realmuto had back-to-back two-out doubles, both scoring. Realmuto drove in Ichiro, and Realmuto scored on an error by first baseman .
"It's a tough day to play because everybody has their sights set on Houston," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "We've loved our time in Florida, but it's time to go to Houston."
Straily, already named the No. 2 starter, gave up one run in six innings with four strikeouts and no walks. In 17 2/3 Grapefruit League innings, Straily walked just one.
"We got to know Dan more through the course of spring," Miami manager Don Mattingly said. "Just the competitor. He's going to change speeds. When he gets guys on, he doesn't panic. He ends up keeping the defense involved, he works quickly. He's had a good spring."
Marlins Up Next: Off on Thursday, the Marlins return to action at Roger Dean Stadium on Friday at 7:05 p.m. ET against the Tigers (Gameday Audio). Left-hander , projected (but not yet announced) as the No. 5 starter, gets the nod. Dee Gordon, who has been out all week after getting some dental work done, is expected to be back in the lineup.
Astros team Up Next:  will start for the Astros when they face the defending World Series champion Cubs at 7:10 p.m. CT Thursday (MLB.TV) at Minute Maid Park. McCullers is making his final tuneup before taking the ball for the first time in the regular season on Tuesday against Seattle.
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