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Astros 5, Marlins 0
Lance Berkman hit a two-run blast in the second inning. (Pat Sullivan/AP)
Houston ended its three-game slide behind a fast start, tagging Florida lefty Andrew Miller for five runs in the first two innings. Lance Berkman hit a two-run homer in the second, helping Astros starter Brandon Backe pick up his first win of the season.
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Series at a glance:
FLA
Florida (7-4)
Lost 1
Houston 5, Florida 0   HOU
Houston (4-8)
Won 1
April 12, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Florida
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 9 1
Houston
1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 X   5 11 0
Standings thru 4/12/08  |  Recap: FLA | HOU  |  Gameday  |  Marlins stats  |  Astros stats
FloridaABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ramirez, SS5020003.409
Uggla, 2B5020002.209
Hermida, RF4010103.333
Willingham, LF3010202.244
Jacobs, 1B5020016.298
Cantu, 3B4000005.267
Rabelo, C3000110.250
Amezaga, CF2010200.360
Miller, A, P2000013.200
  a-Gonzalez, PH1000001.200
  Gardner, P0000000.000
  Kensing, P0000000.000
  b-Andino, PH1000010.400
  Tankersley, P0000000.000
Totals350906425 

a-Grounded out for Miller, A in the 6th. b-Struck out for Kensing in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Amezaga (3, Backe), Jacobs (1, Backe).
TB: Ramirez 2; Uggla 2; Hermida; Willingham; Jacobs 3; Amezaga 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jacobs 2; Ramirez 2; Cantu 3; Uggla.
GIDP: Hermida.
Team LOB: 14.

FIELDING
E: Cantu (4, fielding).

 
HoustonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Pence, RF4000123.180
Loretta, 2B5131000.257
Berkman, 1B4222114.310
  Valverde, P0000000.000
Lee, LF4020002.271
Tejada, SS3011102.295
Blum, 3B4000035.276
Cruz, CF2110101.182
  Geary, P0000000.000
  a-Newhan, PH1000000.000
  Brocail, P0000000.000
  Erstad, 1B0000000.250
Ausmus, C4121014.200
Backe, P1000010.200
  Bourn, CF1000111.190
Totals3351155922 

a-Popped out for Geary in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Cruz (1, Miller, A), Ausmus (1, Miller, A), Loretta (2, Tankersley).
HR: Berkman (4, 2nd inning off Miller, A, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Loretta 4; Berkman 5; Lee 2; Tejada; Cruz 2; Ausmus 3.
RBI: Tejada (9), Ausmus (1), Loretta (4), Berkman 2 (9).
2-out RBI: Tejada; Loretta; Berkman 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Blum; Ausmus 3; Lee; Berkman 2.
S: Backe.
Team LOB: 10.

BASERUNNING
SB: Tejada (1, 2nd base off Miller, A/Rabelo).
CS: Pence (1, 2nd base by Miller, A/Rabelo).

FIELDING
DP: (Tejada-Loretta-Berkman).

 
FloridaIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Miller, A (L, 0-2)5.085546111.37
Gardner 1.010010010.80
Kensing 1.00000102.25
Tankersley 1.020002011.25
 
HoustonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Backe (W, 1-1)5.05005202.25
Geary 2.02001003.38
Brocail 1.00000101.59
Valverde 1.02000109.00

Pitches-strikes: Miller, A 95-57, Gardner 25-16, Kensing 9-8, Tankersley 31-20, Backe 105-58, Geary 33-21, Brocail 10-6, Valverde 19-13.
Ground outs-fly outs: Miller, A 6-2, Gardner 2-1, Kensing 0-2, Tankersley 0-1, Backe 9-4, Geary 2-4, Brocail 1-1, Valverde 1-1.
Batters faced: Miller, A 26, Gardner 5, Kensing 3, Tankersley 5, Backe 24, Geary 9, Brocail 3, Valverde 5.
Umpires: HP: Alfonso Marquez. 1B: Andy Fletcher. 2B: Mike Reilly. 3B: Bob Davidson.
Weather: 73 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 12 mph, In from LF.
T: 3:18.
Att: 34,336.

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