Defense shaky behind uneven Feldman
Right-hander gives up five runs (four earned); Hoes, Grossman make errors
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Garrett Jones hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Scott Feldman and added an RBI single in a three-run fifth inning to lead the Marlins to a 7-2 win over the Astros on Friday afternoon at Osceola County Stadium.
Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi got the win for the Marlins, allowing two runs on six hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. He was scoreless through three innings before giving up RBI singles to L.J. Hoes in the fourth and Carlos Corporan in the fifth.
Feldman retired 13 of the next 14 batters he faced after Jones went deep in the the first inning, but he labored in the fifth, as Houston made a pair of errors behind him. Hoes let an Eovaldi single roll under his glove, and left fielder Robbie Grossman allowed a run to score on a throwing error. All three runs Miami scored in the fifth came after the first two batters were retired.
Feldman, who will start on Opening Day for the Astros, worked five innings and threw 88 pitches (57 strikes), the most he has thrown this spring. He gave up seven hits and five runs (four earned) with one walk and three strikeouts.
In the ninth, the Marlins tacked one more run on when Austin Nola scored on Chad Qualls' wild pitch.
Up next: Left-hander Brett Oberholtzer, who will start the third game of the regular season, gets the call when the Astros play their third consecutive home game at 12:05 p.m. CT Saturday against the Cardinals at Osceola County Stadium. Watch the game live on MLB.TV.