JUPITER, Fla. -- Brian McCann connected on a two-run homer and Jose Altuve collected an RBI double on Tuesday as the Astros defeated the Marlins, 7-3, at Roger Dean Stadium. Giancarlo Stanton belted a home run for Miami.The game featured a pair of already-announced Opening Day starters. Dallas Keuchel threw
JUPITER, Fla. -- Brian McCann connected on a two-run homer and Jose Altuve collected an RBI double on Tuesday as the Astros defeated the Marlins, 7-3, at Roger Dean Stadium. Giancarlo Stanton belted a home run for Miami.
The game featured a pair of already-announced Opening Day starters. Dallas Keuchel threw 4 2/3 innings in his final tuneup, giving up three runs with four strikeouts. Miami's Edinson Volquez worked five frames, also allowing three runs.
The Astros struck quickly in the first inning, when McCann belted a two-out, two-run homer. The Marlins responded with two runs in the second. Stanton sent a 2-2 pitch over the left-field wall, and Volquez helped his cause with a two-out RBI single.
"You're trying to take it easy, but at the same time, you are playing hard," Volquez said of getting up for his final spring start. "You've got to be careful, whether you're running the bases or whatever you're doing on the field, especially now when you've got four more days. You don't want to get anyone hurt."
Marcell Ozuna gave the Marlins a brief 3-2 advantage with an RBI double in the third before Altuve's game-tying RBI double in the fifth.
With the game tied at 3, Marwin Gonzalez knocked a double and scored the go-ahead run for the Astros in a two-run sixth inning off Brad Ziegler.
Astros Up Next: The Astros wrap up Grapefruit League play by sending Mike Fiers to the mound to face the Marlins in Wednesday's 12:05 p.m. CT game at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. It can be heard live on Gameday Audio. Houston will play exhibition games against the Cubs on Thursday and Friday at Minute Maid Park.
Marlins Up Next: The Marlins visit the Astros at 1:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday. A webcast can be heard live on Gameday Audio. Dan Straily, already named Miami's No. 2 starter, will make his final Grapefruit League appearance. Fiers will start for Houston. Catcher J.T. Realmuto will play first base, and Ichiro Suzuki will be on the short trip to West Palm Beach.
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