MIAMI(AP) Just before the bottom of the 11th inning,
turned to teammate
on the bench and gave him a few choice words.
''This is the inning,'' Ross said he told him. ''I feel it. I usually don't say stuff like that.''
Uggla did his part to make the prediction come true, hitting a game-ending RBI single that gave the
a come-from-behind, 9-8 victory over the Houston Astros Tuesday night for their fifth straight win.
started the inning with a walk off
walked to load the bases.
entered in relief, and Uggla lined a single through the left side of the infield. He was mobbed by teammates just after touching
first, ducking to the ground to lessen the blows in the dog-pile celebration.
''It feels great,'' Uggla said. ''First off to get the win, and then being the one to get the win, it's just a lot of fun.''
The Marlins didn't waste this opportunity after blowing a chance in the 10th, when
was thrown out at the plate by
(3-1) pitched the 10th to get the win.
The Marlins had come back from a five-run deficit to take the lead before
's RBI double in the ninth off
tied it. Nunez recovered to get
to ground into an inning-ending double play with runners on first and third.
''We can't quit,'' Astros manager
said about his team's current slide. ''I keep saying we need a (winning) streak, and we do need one.''
After being swept last week by the last-place
, the Marlins' playoff hopes looked grim. Then they swept NL East-leading Philadelphia, and with two wins to start a seven-game
homestand, the Marlins have quickly climbed back in contention. Florida remains 3 1/2 games behind the Phillies, who beat
on Tuesday night.
''It's a great win for us because we're on a roll,'' Ross said. ''When we were down, you're thinking you don't want this winning
streak to end. I'm glad it didn't.''
The Astros seemed ready to end the Marlins' streak early.
had a two-run double, and
added a two-run single to highlight a five-run fifth that gave Houston a 6-2 lead. The Astros sent 10 batters to the plate
in the inning to chase
, who allowed eight hits and walked three in 4 2-3 innings. Tejada also had a sacrifice fly in the sixth to stretch Houston's
lead to 7-2.
But Volstad wasn't the only starter to quickly implode.
gave up four straight singles to start the sixth, and the Marlins would score four in the inning to trim Houston's lead to
7-6 without even getting an extra-base hit. All the runs in the inning were charged to Oswalt, who was replaced in the inning
without recording an out.
Oswalt had last pitched two weeks ago, leaving after 1 2-3 innings with a sore back, but showed no signs of the injury Tuesday
The Marlins capped the rally with Baker's two-run double in the seventh off reliever
to take an 8-7 lead.
''You have to give credit to them. They never quit,'' Tejada said. ''That was a tough game because that was a game we should
NOTES: Astros LHP
(right knee) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and will make his regularly scheduled start Thursday against the Marlins, Cooper
said. ... Bourn established a new career high with his 42nd stolen base of the season, swiping second in the sixth inning.