Carlos Zambrano Tosses First Shutout Since 2009 as Marlins Win 7th Straight

Kenny DeJohn@@kennydejohnAnalyst IIIMay 8, 2012

HOUSTON,TX-MAY 07 : Carlos Zambrano #38 of the Miami Marlins shakes hands with catcher John Buck #14 after striking out Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros to end the game on May 7, 2012 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. Miami defeated Houston 4-0. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Carlos Zambrano flashed some of his former brilliance on Monday night against the Houston Astros, tossing his first shutout since September 25, 2009 against the San Francisco Giants.

The three-hitter led to his first win of the season, a season that has been solid since coming over from Chicago.

Prior to the shutout, Zambrano owned an 0-2 record with an ERA of 2.53 through five starts. The two losses can be attributed to a lack of run support.

He struck out nine in the contest and his ERA now sits at 1.98.

The Miami Marlins have been firing on all cylinders of late, as Monday night's win marked their seventh straight.

Giancarlo Stanton has been a big part of the team's recent success. He launched a two-run shot in the game, giving him six home runs and 12 RBI over his current 10-game hitting streak.

After a slow start, Stanton is currently one of the hottest hitters in the game.

John Buck and Hanley Ramirez also homered for the Fish against starter Wandy Rodriguez.

Rodriguez actually pitched pretty well even though he took the loss. He tossed eight innings and allowed a season-high four runs before surrendering the ninth inning to Brandon Lyon.

On the season, Rodriguez has a 3-3 record and a 2.14 ERA.

The Marlins beat one of the game's best early-season performers on Monday night and are currently the hottest team in baseball.

It seems as if the Marlins are finally winning like everyone thought they would.