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Middle of Marlins order not producing

     Acting manager Joey Cora has hot-hitting Omar Infante listed in the fifth spot tonight as the Marlins search for a solution to their scoring woes. As Logan Morrison correctly pointed out, the lack of production from the team's 3-4-5-6 hitters is "definitely the reason we're not winning games right now. It falls on my shoulders and people in the middle of the lineup."

     Hanley Ramirez (.160 overall and 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position) was out early taking batting practice this afternoon with hitting coach Eduardo Perez. "I was working on my timing," Ramirez said. Gaby Sanchez is 0 for 2 with RISP. Morrison is 0 for 3. Giancarlo Stanton is 2 for 6. Add it all up, and the heart of the order is a combined 2 for 15 with runners in scoring position.

     "All we need to do, we need to score runs," Cora said. "With Giancarlo and Lomo, they didn't have spring training. It's not fair. If you can step in after playing only three or four games in spring training and do well, everybody will do that. Unfortunately, that's not the way it works. You have to have spring training. You have to have at bats. So they're a little off with that. But I expect them to be all right once they get that down. We need them. We need them to produce definitely."


     MARLINS: 1. Reyes, ss; 2. Bonifacio, cf; 3. Ramirez, 3b, 4. Stanton, rf; 5. Infante, 2b; 6. Coghlan, lf; 7. Sanchez, 1b; 8. Buck, c; 9. Nolasco, p.

     ASTROS: 1. Schafer, cf; 2. Lowrie, ss; 3. Martinez, lf; 4. Lee, 1b; 5. Bogusevic, rf 6. Johnson, 3b; 7. Castro, c; 8. Altuve, 2b; 9. Harrell, p.

      Umpires: HP -- Paul Nauert; 1B -- Dana DeMuth; 2B -- Kerwin Danley; 3B -- Doug Eddings