(AP) — Despite having a flashy new ballpark, the Miami Marlins are playing their best baseball on the road.
The Marlins look to remain perfect on their current trip with an eighth consecutive victory Tuesday night against the Houston Astros.
While Miami (15-14) is 6-5 at its new ballpark on the site of the former Orange Bowl, it’s back to .500 (9-9) on the road after improving to 7-0 on a nine-game trip with a 4-0 win at Houston on Monday. The Marlins last won eight straight overall as part of a nine-game run Sept. 9-19, 2008, but they have not strung together that many consecutive victories on the road since July 16-Aug. 5, 1995.
Carlos Zambrano tossed a three-hitter with nine strikeouts while Hanley Ramirez hit his sixth homer and Giancarlo Stanton extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a two-run shot Monday. The Marlins have outscored San Francisco, San Diego and Houston 31-17 during the winning streak.
Ramirez is 7 for 18 with two home runs in his last four games and has seven RBIs in his last five. He’s 9 for 13 with two homers and five RBIs in his last three against the Astros.
Stanton, meanwhile, has hit .333 with all six of his homers and 12 of his 17 RBIs during the 10-game hitting streak.
“He’s swinging at strikes,” manager Ozzie Guillen told the Marlins’ official website. “Every time he puts the ball in play, that ball is going to be hit hard.”
After Zambrano won his first game with Miami and lowered his ERA to 1.98, Anibal Sanchez (2-0, 2.43 ERA) looks to continue his strong start Tuesday.
The right-hander has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his five starts and has lasted seven innings in each of the last three. He gave up a run in seven innings of a 3-2 win at San Francisco on Thursday.