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.
“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.