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Keuchel struggles in latest outing

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel throws during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins Monday, March 3, 2014, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel throws during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins Monday, March 3, 2014, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run homer in the first inning that bounced on the roof of Miami's clubhouse beyond the left-field wall during the Marlins' 8-1 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday.

"I've only seen one other guy, Mark McGwire, hit a ball that far, especially in this ballpark," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He's got some sick pop."

Stanton turned on a Dallas Keuchel changeup for his second three-run homer in as many days and fourth home run of spring training. Stanton also lined a single in the fourth, raising his batting average to .333 and his slugging percentage to .692.

Keuchel, who hadn't allowed a run in nine innings during his three previous spring training starts, gave up seven runs and 13 hits in four innings.

"They had a better plan than I did in the first two innings, and I just didn't make an adjustment," said Keuchel, a candidate for a rotation spot.

Keuchel went 6-10 with a 5.15 ERA last season, but Astros manager Bo Porter attributed those numbers to a handful of poor outings.

"If you look at his whole body of work, he put together a pretty good season last year," Porter said.

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