Robertson lasted just 1 2-3 innings on Sunday, giving up three earned runs and six hits in a 5-3 home loss to the Chicago Cubs. It was the shortest outing for the left-hander, who had won a club rookie-record nine decisions in a row.
“The winning streak is not a big deal to me,” said Robertson, who hadn’t lost since April 25 at Montreal. “Winning games is a big deal, but individually winning games and say the rest of the team is losing, that’s not going to do it.”
During his streak, which began on May 22 and stretched over 12 starts, Robertson allowed 24 earned runs in 71 innings for a 3.04 ERA. He pitched at least six innings seven times, including in three of the final four games of the streak.
“You do some evaluating,” he said. “If I need to make some adjustments, I’ll make adjustments.”
The Astros rebounded from losing a series at Atlanta to take the opener of this set 2-1 on Friday.
Jeff Kent homered for Houston, which holds a two-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central.
The Marlins lost Friday for only the second time in 10 games. They are 2 1/2 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL wild-card race.
Luis Castillo, who had three of Florida’s six hits and drove in the lone run, is batting .435 (20-for-46) over his last 11 games.
STANDINGS: Astros - 1st place, NL Central. Marlins - 3rd place, 13 GB, NL East.
ASTROS PROBABLE STARTER: Robertson (10-4, 4.74 ERA). This is his first starts against the Marlins.
MARLINS PROBABLE STARTER: Carl Pavano (7-10, 4.45 ERA). The Marlins have won three of Pavano’s last four starts, including Sunday’s 7-6 home victory over Philadelphia. The right-hander didn’t get the decision, giving up six earned runs and seven hits over four innings. He was 1-1 with a 1.62 ERA in his previous three starts. Pavano is 1-2 with a 4.87 ERA in four games, including three starts, against Houston. He is 6-4 at home this season with a 3.98 ERA.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Astros - Richard Hidalgo, .315 avg.; Jeff Bagwell, 24 HRs and 73 runs; Lance Berkman, 67 RBIs; Bagwell and Adam Everett, 6 SBs. Marlins - Castillo, .319 avg. and 71 runs; Mike Lowell, 29 HRs and 87 RBIs; Juan Pierre, 52 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Astros, 4-0.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Astros - 2B Kent was 3-for-23 with no homers and two RBIs in his previous six games. … 1B Bagwell, who hit his second triple of the season on Friday, is batting .324 (24-for-74) over his last 22 games with nine homers and 21 RBIs. … OF Berkman, who sat out the last two games because of a sore right knee, went 0-for-3 Friday. Marlins - 3B Lowell had his 11-game hitting streak snapped with an 0-for-3 effort. … Florida leads the majors with 119 stolen bases. … The Marlins have lost six of the last seven meetings with the Astros.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Astros - 26-30 on the road; Marlins - 34-22 at home.
INJURIES: Astros - RHP Roy Oswalt (groin), 15-day DL; INF Jose Vizcaino (wrist), 15-day DL; LHP Carlos Hernandez (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Rodrigo Rosario (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Brian Moehler (elbow), 60-day DL. Marlins - RHP Kevin Olsen (concussion), 15-day DL; RHP Tim Spooneybarger (arm), 15-day DL; RHP Toby Borland (appendicitis), 60-day DL; RHP A.J. Burnett (elbow), 60-day DL.