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Astros Vs. Marlins: Miami Aims For Series Win Over Houston On Sunday

The Miami Marlins (3-6) hope to bounce back from a crushing ninth inning loss on Saturday night when they play the Houston Astros (4-4) on Sunday in the final contest of a three-game series. After squeaking out a 5-4 win in 11 innings on Friday night, the Marlins and closer Heath Bell blew a 4-1 lead in the ninth inning Saturday night, losing 5-4 to the Astros. Miami committed three errors in the final frame, with Bell blowing his second save in as many chances with his new ballclub.

Anibal Sanchez will take the mound for the Marlins on Sunday. The right-hander allowed just two runs in 6 1/3 innings of work on Monday, as Miami bested the Philadelphia Phillies 6-2. Sanchez is 3-1 with a 2.37 ERA in five career starts against the Astros.

Houston will send J.A. Happ to the bump to face the Miami batters. Happ threw six innings on Monday, striking out five and giving up three runs in an 8-3 Houston victory over the Atlanta Braves. In five career starts against the Marlins Happ is 2-2 with a 3.49 ERA.

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