Marlins designate Jose Lopez for assignment

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Jose Lopez was just jettisoned by a major league team for the second time in the past month.

According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have designated Lopez for assignment and recalled outfielder Bryan Peterson from Triple-A New Orleans.

Lopez signed a minor league contract with the Marlins after being released by the Rockies in early-June. He had just three hits over 29 at-bats during his brief time with Florida. The 27-year-old has a pathetic .203/.233/.288 batting line over 129 plate appearances this season and a measly .582 OPS since the start of the 2010 season.

In an interesting twist of fate, right-hander Chaz Roe, who the Rockies sent to the Mariners to acquire Lopez in December, was also designated for assignment earlier this week.

Astros extend winning streak to 11 games

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The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.

The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.

Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.

After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.