MIAMI -- John Baker drove in four runs and scored two, leading the Florida Marlins over the fading Houston Astros 8-1 for their eighth straight victory.
The Marlins, who are on their longest winning streak since they
won nine consecutive in 2006, are tied with the Astros in the NL
wild-card race, five games behind wild card-leading New York.
Scott Olsen (8-10) allowed one run and three hits over seven
innings to win his second straight start.
Florida scored twice in the second, fourth, sixth and eighth
Houston has struggled since Hurricane Ike hit the Gulf Coast.
The Astros had won six straight and 14 of 15 before the storm,
but have since dropped five straight.
For the second straight game, Houston's starting pitcher made an
early exit. Alberto Arias (1-1) lasted just 2 2-3 innings in his
second major league start, giving up two runs and five hits.