Hearing a nightingale is considered good luck for couples, as long as it's audible before the cuckoo. Hooting owls mean someone is sick. Spot four magpies and a birth supposedly is imminent. Ravens are plain bad news.

Bird omens and symbolism abound in all kinds of cultures. Not so much in baseball, but Sunday's game included a fowl play worth pondering. In the top of seventh inning, a bird dropped from the Marlins Park rafters in right-center, not too far from where Giancarlo Stanton was manning his position.

In the bottom half, Hanley Ramirez obliterated a Wilton Lopez pitch to straightaway center. The two-run blast tied it and in the 11th Ramirez with the bases loaded smacked a 1-2 David Carpenter offering over the right-fielder's head to deliver the 5-4, series-clinching win over the Astros.