Oakland (32-24) at Miami (27-32)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Jun 4, 2003
  • TV: FSBA
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The Florida Marlins hope their surprising outburst in their interleague opener against the Oakland Athletics continues as the teams play the middle game of their series at Pro Player Stadium.

Third baseman Mike Lowell broke out of his slump with a pair of three run homers in the Marlins’ 13-2 rout Tuesday. Lowell, who has 18 homers, had not hit one in six straight games—managing only two extra-base hits in that stretch.

The Marlins handed Oakland’s Mark Mulder his worst outing in nearly two years, roughing up the left-hander for eight earned runs in 3 2-3 innings— matching the number of runs he yielded in his previous 60 innings.

Derrek Lee went 4-for-4 and scored twice for Florida, which won for the eighth time in 11 games.

Oakland had its two-game winning streak snapped, as outfielder Eric Byrnes’ hitting streak ended at 22 games after he went 0-for-4.

Adam Melhuse homered and Eric Chavez had an RBI double for Oakland, which lost by more than six runs and allowed more than 11 for the first time this season.

“That’s a pretty good shellacking. It’s the first time we took a beating like that,” Athletics manager Ken Macha said. “Up until this one, we had been in every game we had played.”

STANDINGS: Athletics - 2nd place, 6 GB, AL West. Marlins - 5th place, 12 GB, NL East.

ATHLETICS PROBABLE STARTER: Tim Hudson (4-2, 3.20 ERA). The right-hander is coming off his worst effort of the season, allowing nine runs—six earned— and 10 hits in just 3 2-3 innings of an 11-6 defeat at Kansas City on Friday night. It was Hudson’s shortest outing since lasting three innings at Texas on Sept. 19, 2001. The nine runs allowed tied a career high—set May 4, 2002, against Chicago—and boosted his ERA from 2.68 to 3.20. He has never faced the Marlins.

MARLINS PROBABLE STARTER: Mike Redman (3-2, 4.76 ERA). The left-hander pitched well enough in his last start to post his third straight win, Instead, Redman didn’t figure in the Marlins’ 4-3 defeat to the Reds, allowing just two runs and four hits in six innings. It was the fourth straight start he has allowed two earned runs or less. Redman is 3-0 with a 3.18 ERA in five career appearances—including two starts—against the A’s.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Athletics - Byrnes, .342 avg.; Chavez and Miguel Tejada, 10 HRs; Erubiel Durazo, 38 RBIs and 31 runs; Chavez, 5 SBs. Marlins - Alex Gonzalez, .333 avg.; Lowell, 18 HRs, 49 RBIs and 37 runs; Juan Pierre, 23 SBs.

INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Athletics - 0-1. Marlins - 1-0.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Athletics - The A’s have scored more than five runs just twice in the previous 18 games. … Oakland has not posted a three-game winning streak since May 3-6. … Oakland was 16-2 against NL teams last season and its .629 winning percentage since interleague play began in 1997 is the best in baseball. Marlins - OF Pierre, who leads the Marlins with 74 hits, was the only Florida starter without one on Tuesday. He went 0-for-6. … Left-handed batters are hitting .086 against LHP Redman this season. … Oakland is the third former club manager Jack McKeon has faced since he replaced Jeff Torborg last month. McKeon was 71-105 in over parts of the 1977 and 1978 seasons with the Athletics.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Athletics - 13-17 on the road; Marlins - 17-13 at home.

INJURIES: Athletics - LHP Micah Bowie (elbow), 15-day DL. Marlins - RHP Josh Beckett (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Toby Borland (appendicitis), 15-day DL; RHP A.J. Burnett (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Abraham Nunez (hamstring), 60-day DL.

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Starting Pitchers

T. Hudson SF vs. M. Redman Col
16-7 Record 14-9
2.70 ERA 3.59
162 K 151
61 BB 61
1.08 WHIP 1.22