Conger, Hernandez work well together against Marlins

Catcher hits second spring homer; right-hander goes five strong

Conger, Hernandez work well together against Marlins

JUPITER, Fla. -- Most of the Marlins regulars were able to get four plate appearances on Saturday, and Giancarlo Stanton delivered a single and scored a run. But Miami was unable to cash in on an eighth-inning threat in a 1-1 tie against the Houston Astros at Roger Dean Stadium.

Miami threatened to snap the deadlock in the eighth inning when Christian Yelich and Stanton each singled to open the inning. But lefty Kevin Chapman was able to work out of trouble.

Hank Conger homered for the second time this spring for the Astros, and prospect Carlos Correa, who is the team's No. 1 ranked prospect, had three singles.

Marlins right-hander Mat Latos gave up one run on six hits in 5 1/3 innings and ran his pitch count up to 80.

Astros right-hander Roberto Hernandez, competing for the fifth-starter spot, allowed one run on three hits and logged 71 pitches in five innings.

Hinch impressed by Hernandez

The Marlins parlayed a two-out walk to Stanton in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Michael Morse singled and Martin Prado slapped a single to left, which scored Stanton, who ran through third-base coach Brett Butler's stop sign.

With a full-head of steam going, Stanton scored standing up as the throw was off line.

The Astros had a chance to pull even in the fourth inning, but Correa, who singled and stole second, was thrown out at the plate by Stanton. Marwin Gonzalez ripped a single to right, but Stanton made a strong one-hop throw, giving catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia plenty of time to apply the tag.

Houston pulled even in the fifth inning on Conger's leadoff homer off Latos.

In the sixth inning, Astros reliever Pat Neshek retired Stanton on a long drive to center. The swirling winds held up what nearly was Stanton's third home run of the spring.

Up next: Veteran pitcher Scott Feldman will make his final Grapefruit League start of the spring when the Astros face the Yankees at 12:05 p.m. CT Sunday in Kissimmee, Fla. Feldman is scheduled to start the Astros' second game of the season, April 8 against the Indians at Minute Maid Park.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.