They haven’t done much winning lately, but the Marlins sure are holding a lot of meetings.
Just days after owner Jeffrey Loria got the entire team together for a big pep talk Hanley Ramirez held a closed-door meeting for players only, with an unnamed “veteran player” telling Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post: “He said all the right things. I was impressed.”
Ramirez isn’t known for his vocal leadership, but explained that “sometimes there’s a time when you have too many things in your heart and you just want to say it.”
They went on to beat the Blue Jays, snapping a six-game losing streak, but the Marlins are just 3-15 dating back to June 3, dropping from 31-23 to 34-38.
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.