Stellar starting pitching on road trip

Starting pitching has carried the Marlins throughout their terrific road trip. And even though Miami’s seven-game winning streak was snapped on Tuesday night, the game featured yet another quality start.

Anibal Sanchez was again impressive, giving up two unearned runs in seven innings.

Houston rallied and won, 3-2, at Minute Maid Park.

During the seven-game winning streak, the Marlins enjoyed stellar starting pitching. The starters are 5-0 with a 1.77 ERA on the trip.

In two starts, Carlos Zambranon had 16 scoreless innings, allowing just eight hits while striking out 14. Anibal Sanchez struck out 13 in 14 innings, and allowed three runs (one earned).

Mark Buehrle stepped up with a huge complete game at San Diego, giving up one run, a day after the bullpen was taxed in a 12-inning victory.

Ricky Nolasco came up big twice, winning both of his starts. The right-hander gave up three runs in 14 1/3 innings on the road trip. In the process, Nolasco tied Dontrelle Willis’ club record with 68 wins.

The concern has been Josh Johnson. The Miami ace is struggling with command, and he was hit hard in 2 2/3 innings at San Diego.

The right-handed didn’t make it through the third inning, giving up six runs on six hits. He walked three, one intentionally.

Miami is hopeful JJ can turn things around and help the club cap off the nine-game road trip on a high note on Wednesday.

Joe Frisaro

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