Marlins 8, Twins 5

The warm memories washed over Mike Redmond upon his return to

Minnesota, where he spent five seasons as a beloved backup catcher

and clubhouse cutup.

And in the second game of a day-night double-header, the Miami

Marlins finally gave their first-year manager something to feel

good about while wearing a different ”M” on his hat.

Rob Brantly had three hits and a career-high four RBIs and the

Marlins’ offense broke out of a season-long funk to beat the

Minnesota Twins 8-5 on Tuesday night and earn a split in the

day-night doubleheader.

”I’m not going to lie,” Redmond said. ”That was fun.”

Brantly had two doubles and Ricky Nolasco (1-2) allowed two

earned runs on six hits in five innings for the Marlins, who won

for just the fifth time this season. Miami had a season-high 16

hits, including a double, a single and two RBIs from struggling

slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Steve Cishek got his second save.

”We haven’t had a game like this yet,” said Stanton, who

entered the game with just one RBI for the season. ”It was good

that we overcame the weather, too, to wake up the bats a little


Joe Mauer had two hits and an RBI for the Twins, who beat the

Marlins 4-3 in the opener. Mike Pelfrey (2-2) had another rough

outing, giving up five runs on nine hits in 4 2-3 innings, and the

Twins lost for the first time in six games.

The Marlins entered the night cap with the worst offense in the

majors, last in most statistical categories including batting

average (.211), runs scored (46) home runs (six), RBIs (44) and

on-base percentage (.270).

But they scored three runs in the first inning on a chilly

night, then overcame several mistakes to hold off the Twins.

Brantly had a two-run double in the first, an RBI-double in the

fifth and a run-scoring single in the sixth. Justin Ruggiano and

Chris Valaika also drove in runs and Stanton made it 8-4 with a

hard-hit single in the eighth for just his third RBI this


First-year manager Mike Redmond, who spent five years as a

backup catcher for the Twins, watched his young team let a popup

fall between their shortstop and leftfielder, give up a three-run

inning to the Twins in the third thanks to a wild pitch, a passed

ball and a questionable call by first base umpire D.J. Reyburn.

Brantly was thrown out at third base on a late tag-up to end the

seventh inning.

And they still won.

”We keep fighting and keep battling, and we knew that we’d

eventually get it going and score some runs,” Redmond said. ”Up

and down the line the bats were great. It’s been a battle for some

of the guys to get going. It was nice to see some guys get some

hits, for their confidence, for the team’s confidence.”

Eduardo Escobar had three hits, including a triple, for the

Twins, who got a homer from Oswaldo Arcia and seven strong innings

from Kevin Correia to take Game 1.

Jose Fernandez (0-2) gave up four runs and six hits for the


The teams were supposed to open their series Monday night, but

the latest snowstorm put that one on ice. It was the third home

game the Twins have had to postpone because of weather this year –

there were just five in the first three seasons of Target


Grounds crew members and ballpark personnel worked through the

night to clear the heavy, wet snow from the field, seats and

stairways. The temperature at first pitch was 38 degrees for Game 1

and a balmy 42 for Game 2, but the field, which has heater coils

underneath it to combat cold temperatures, was lush and green.

Redmond got a nice ovation before the opener. The gregarious

Redmond was a favorite in the clubhouse and is etched in Twins lore

for his penchant for stripping down and walking around the

clubhouse naked when things weren’t going well, his way of trying

to insert levity.

”He just knows a lot about the game,” Mauer said. ”And the

way he related to younger players, especially myself, you kind of

knew that he’d be really good at being a manager later on. It’s

really exciting for me to see him over there, and it should be


NOTES: The run Twins RHP Jared Burton allowed in the eighth

inning of Game 1 was his first in nine appearances this year. …

Both teams are off on Wednesday. The Twins open a weekend series

with Texas on Thursday, and RHP Vance Worley (0-2, 7.11) will start

the opener. Miami heads home to face the Chicago Cubs. Marlins RHP

Kevin Slowey (0-2, 1.90) will start on Thursday against RHP Edwin

Jackson (0-3, 4.84).