at Kissimmee, Fla.
Friday, March 21 Marlins at the plate: Luis Gonzelez, playing in place of the injured Jeremy Hermida, was 2-for-4 with a double. Dan Uggla's double in the fourth drove in one of the Marlins' four runs that inning. He homered off Ryan Houston in the eighth to give the Marlins a five-run lead. Uggla had four RBIs on the day. Astros at the plate: Jose Cruz Jr. knocked a pinch-hit two-run homer in the fifth to put the Astros on the board for the first time. Hunter Pence was 3-for-3 and Reggie Abercrombie had two infield hits and drove in a run with a bases-loaded groundout in the eighth.
Up next for the Astros: Houston will host the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET. Right-hander Brandon Backe will start for the Astros, while veteran righty Bronson Arroyo will take the hill for the Reds. The game will mark the first between the two clubs in Kissimmee, Fla., since 1997, before the Reds moved from Plant City to their current home of Sarasota.
Alyson Footer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.