Marlins 8W: Willis (21-8)

L: Backe (8-8)Astros 2

HOW THEY SCORED

Marlins first: L.Castillo grounded out. Conine singled. Cabrera flied out. C. Delgado homered to right, Conine scored. Encarnacion popped out. Marlins, 2-0.

Marlins fourth: Easley walked. Pierre bunt single, Easley to second. On Vizcaino's error, Easley to third. Lo Duca infield single, Easley scored, Pierre to second. Willis called out on obstruction. L.Castillo grounded out, Pierre to third, Lo Duca to second. Conine grounded out. Marlins, 3-0.

Marlins fifth: Cabrera homered to left. C. Delgado grounded out. Encarnacion grounded out. Easley grounded out. Marlins, 4-0.

Astros fifth: Lane homered to left. Burke grounded out. Everett walked. Ausmus singled, Everett to second. Scott, pinch-hitting for Backe, struck out. Taveras flied out. Marlins, 4-1.

Marlins sixth: Pierre flied out. Lo Duca singled. Willis homered to right, Lo Duca scored. L. Castillo popped out. Conine struck out. Marlins, 6-1.

Astros sixth: Vizcaino doubled. Biggio flied out, Vizcaino to third. Berkman hit sacrifice fly, Vizcaino scored. Lane grounded out. Marlins, 6-2.

Marlins ninth: Willis walked. L.Castillo flied out. Conine homered to left, Willis scored. Cabrera flied out. C.Delgado struck out. Marlins, 8-2.

Story, E8

FloridaABRHBIBBSOAVGTotals37811834 -- LCastillo 2b400010.298Conine lf-1b523201.315MiCabrera 3b511100.330Lowell 3b000000.234CDelgado 1b512201.298Aguila lf000000.212JEncarnacion rf400000.293Easley ss310012.242Pierre cf402000.270Lo Duca c412100.297Willis p321210.259HoustonABRHBIBBSOAVGTotals3228214 -- Taveras cf400000.289JVizcaino 3b411000.261Biggio 2b300001.267Berkman 1b300101.293Lane rf411101.256Burke lf401000.244AEverett ss301010.246Ausmus c403000.265Backe p000000.263Scott ph100001.159Strickland p000000---Burns p000000---Bruntlett ph101000.202Astacio p000000.167Springer p000000---OPalmeiro ph100000.297Florida

200112002 -- 8110Houston

000011000 -- 281 E: JVizcaino (5). LOB: Florida 5, Houston 7. 2B: Pierre (14), JVizcaino (10), Burke (18). HR: Conine (3), off Springer; Willis (1), off Strickland; Lane (22), off Willis; MiCabrera (31), off Backe; CDelgado (29), off Backe. RBI: Conine 2 (28), MiCabrera (105), CDelgado 2 (104), Lo Duca (53), Willis 2 (11), Berkman (66), Lane (67). S: Backe. SF: Berkman. GIDP: JEncarnacion, Berkman.

DP: Florida 1 (Easley, LCastillo and CDelgado); Houston 1 (JVizcaino, Biggio and Berkman).

FloridaIP HRERBBSONPERAWillis, W9 822141142.49HoustonIP HRERBBSONPERABacke, L5 74321835.00Strickland1 22201236.75Burns1 1000085.67Astacio1 0000175.75Springer1 12211244.96 HBP: by Willis (Biggio).

T: 2:27. A: 27,538 (40,950).