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McCullers helps Astros beat Marlins 3-0 to complete sweep

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Jake Marisnick tripled his season RBI total to six with a pair of two-run homers against his former team, both caroming off the home run sculpture at Marlins Park.

Yes, the Astros' slugging lineup presents a big challenge in front of Urena, but fortunately fit under backers, they'll be setting some key regulars like Carlos Correa, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann.

A sloppy error by Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon led to two unearned runs.

The Astros (28-12) own the best record in the majors and have won 13 of 16 games.

Dickerson hit solo home runs in the third and fifth off Danny Salazar (2-4). Francisco Lindor added a solo shot in the eighth.

Altuve was hit on the left hand by a 92 miles per hour fastball from Straily but stayed in the game and contributed a two-run single in the seventh, then hit his sixth homer in the ninth. McCullers retired the next three batters.

Houston outscored the Marlins 19-4 while winning the first two contests of the three-game set and stand 5-1 as they enter the finale of a seven-game road trip.

Swanson snapped a 5-all tie with a leadoff drive to center off Danny Barnes (0-1).

TORONTO - Freddie Freeman hit his 14th home run to power Atlanta to a two-game sweep of Toronto.

It was Freeman's second homer in two games.

Justin Bour homered and had three hits for the Marlins. It will be the first time McCullers has pitched in Miami since Jose's death.

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Josh Reddick doubled in the sixth off Junichi Tazawa (1-1), and after a walk and a hit batter loaded the bases, Gurriel pulled a 94 miles per hour fastball over the fence with two outs for a 4-1 lead.

Byron Buxton hit a solo homer for the Twins, but Phil Hughes (4-2) had another disappointing outing. Starter Jason Hammel allowed five runs and nine hits in six innings.

Its pace is three games ahead of its 2015 pace.

After some inconsistency in April (4.34 ERA), Lance McCullers Jr. has been stellar so far in May (0.93 ERA).

CUBS 9, REDS 5: CHICAGO - Slumping sluggers Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber homered, rookie Ian Happ connected again and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds.

Astros 3B Marwin Gonzalez extended his hit streak to 11 games.

Miami lost for the 16th time in 20 games as Tom Koehler was tagged for eight runs and seven hits in three innings.

The Astros go for the sweep in an early matinee game today.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run home run for the Indians. That gave Houston a 6-2 lead.

Clippard also handled the eighth before Jonathan Holder gave up a run in the ninth.

Whit Merrifield drove in Kansas City's lone run. In fact, he's also been one of the better starting hurlers in the American League, logging a 3-1 record through eight starts to go with a 2.98 ERA and.230 batting average against. Rodriguez walked two, struck out five and threw a season-high 110 pitches. I just made a dumb play. The Astros have the best record in the Major Leagues at 29-12, while the Yankees have the second-best record in the AL at 23-13.

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