Houston (23-15) at Miami (21-17)

Cloudy Currently: Miami Gardens, FL
Temp: 61° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed May 19, 2004
  • TV: FSSW, FSFL
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Lance Berkman looks to continue his offensive surge as the Houston Astros face the Florida Marlins in the middle game of their series at Pro Player Stadium.

Berkman homered and had four of Houston’s 15 hits to lead the Astros over the Marlins 9-2 on Tuesday night.

Berkman is 25-for-63 (.397) with 12 RBIs and 14 runs scored in his last 21 games.

“I don’t feel like I’m really hot,” Berkman said. “I just feel like I’m going up there and having good at-bats.”

One player that hopes to take advantage of Berkman’s resurgence is Wednesday’s starting pitcher Tim Redding, who is slowly finding his way back from a poor start to the season.

Redding has allowed just a total of two earned runs in his last two starts after giving up 18 in his previous four.

“The first couple of starts, I felt I was throwing the ball relatively well,” said Redding. “It’s just that when I got into tough situations, I made bad pitches over the middle part of the plate. These guys who are paid a lot of money to hit the ball out of the ballpark have been doing just that.”

Meantime, Florida has lost three of four, but is hoping struggling first baseman Hee Seop Choi, who went two hits after dropping to seventh in the batting order on Tuesday, is on the road to improvement.

Before Tuesday, Choi had just four hits in his last 38 at-bats, including 18 strikeouts. He has gone down on strikes in 12 of his last 22 at-bats.

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Starting Pitchers

T. Redding TOR vs. C. Pavano MIN
5-7 Record 18-8
5.72 ERA 3.00
56 K 139
43 BB 49
1.67 WHIP 1.17