Originally posted on MarlinsBaseball.com  |  Last updated 5/10/12

The Miami Marlins seven game winning streak ended a day earlier but that didn’t stop the team from getting back on the right side with a 5-3 win in twelve innings over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.     Miami is now over .500 once again after completing an 8-1 trip which was the best nine game road trip in Marlins’ history.

Josh Johnson wasn’t at his best but he looked better than he has all of 2012 with a seven inning effort in this game.    Johnson allowed two runs on four hits while striking out six.    Both of those runs came in the first two innings as the Marlins’ ace settled in after that point.    Johnson was in line for the win until a blown save in the ninth and will look to build on the effort against the Colorado Rockies at Marlins Park next week.     Edward Mujica tossed a perfect eighth inning to earn his seventh hold of the season.   In the ninth, Steve Cishek entered with his first chance at a save since taking over as the Marlins’ closer.    The rookie who has been the MVP of the bullpen thus far struggled allowing two hits and a run in the ninth to blow the save and send things to extra innings.   Not all the blame should fall on Cishek as Giancarlo Stanton misplayed a ball that would’ve been a single.   Instead on the play, the hitter Carlos Lee wound up on third with a triple and eventually scored.      Ryan Webb earned the win, his second of the season with an inning and a third of perfect relief.

In the first two games of the series, all of the Marlins runs came via home runs but that changed in the series finale as the team scored five runs without the benefit of any blasts.     The lone extra base hit was courtesy of Emilio Bonifacio who doubled.   That two bagger was the first extra base hit of the year for Bonifacio who had started the year with 28 straight singles.     Omar Infante did not start the game as a way to rest his tight groin for an extra day but he was called upon to enter the game in a double switch late.    In the twelfth with the bases loaded and two outs, Infante stepped to the plate and brought home two runs with a bloop single to center field.    That hit wound up being the game winner to add to a season of clutch hits for Infante.

Miami has an off day on Thursday before starting a series with the New York Mets on Friday at Marlins Park.   The scheduled starters are Mark Buehrle and Johan Santana.

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