Zambrano's Shutout Gives Marlins 7th in Row

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The way the Marlins treated Carlos Zambrano during his first five starts, nobody would have blamed him if he stormed into the clubhouse, throwing chairs and busting water coolers.

Three times Zambrano left games in line to pick up the victory. And three times, closer Heath Bell let it slip through his fingers in the ninth

Not Monday.

The Marlins built Zambrano an early three-run cushion — on a two-run home run from Giancarlo Stanton in the fourth and a leadoff, solo shot from John Buck in the fifth — and the 30-year old right-hander handled the rest, tossing a three-hit shutout in a 4-0 win over the Astros in front of 16,531 at Minute Maid Park.

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