HOUSTON Sometimes there is accomplishment even in defeat, something the Astros made clear as they concluded their nine-game home stand with an extra-inning loss to the Marlins Wednesday night.
On Tuesday night they rallied against long odds and Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, then nearly did so again in the series finale before falling 5-3 in 12 innings.
Over the final four games of their home stand their offense deserted them, yet the Astros didn't relent. While the Astros had already revealed stubborn persistence as a team-wide characteristic, their insistence to reinforce that aspect of their personality certainly left an impression.
"We're definitely battling out there," Astros closer Brett Myers said. "In the past couple of years it's kind of been where we just kind of give up. I think these young guys are doing a great job of grinding out at-bats, the bullpen is doing a heck of a job keeping us in ballgames, and that's really ...