Redman looks to turn in another solid outing Tuesday when the Braves (12-7) continue their three-game series with the Florida Marlins.
Atlanta signed Redman (0-3, 8.62 ERA) in March after learning Mike Hampton would initially be sidelined for two months with a strained oblique. With Hampton now out for the season, Redman—an All-Star with Kansas City last year — now becomes a key to the back of the rotation.
The veteran left-hander was shaky in his first two outings with the Braves, allowing 12 runs in just 8 1-3 total innings. However, Redman looked much sharper on Thursday, allowing three runs in 7 1-3 innings of a 3-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
He lowered his ERA from 12.96 and pitched past the sixth inning for the first time this season.
“Redman gave us a really good game,” manager Bobby Cox told the Braves’ official Web site. “The other guy just pitched a little bit better.”
Redman won a career-best 14 games in his only season with Florida in 2003, helping the Marlins win their second World Series title. He lasted just 2 2-3 innings and gave up seven runs in an 11-4 loss to the Marlins on April 13, falling to 0-1 with a 5.74 ERA in three starts against his former team.
He’ll be looking to help the Braves bounce back from an 8-7 loss in the series opener on Monday. Jeff Francoeur went 4-for-5 with a homer and drove in four runs, giving him an NL-best 22 RBIs, and Chipper Jones added a solo shot.
The loss, combined with the New York Mets’ win over Colorado, dropped the Braves one-half game off the NL East lead.
“If our bats can continue to swing OK, with the pitching that we have, we’ll be OK,” Francoeur told the Braves’ Web site.
Monday’s win was the Marlins’ (9-10) third straight after a six-game losing streak. Miguel Olivo hit a three-run homer, and Dan Uggla also homered and drove in three, giving him three homers and nine RBIs in two games.
Hanley Ramirez went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Ramirez leads the Marlins with a .371 batting average and has hit in 10 straight games.
Rookie Rick Vanden Hurk (0-1, 9.00) looks to bounce back for Florida after giving up eight runs in four innings of Thursday’s 11-3 loss to the Mets. The right-hander from Holland, who had never pitched above Single-A before he was called up a week earlier to replace injured starter Ricky Nolasco, allowed six runs in the third inning of his second start.
“I made a couple of mistakes and got hit hard,” he told the Marlins’ official Web site. “That’s what happens. It was that rough third inning. I had a couple of guys at 0-2, and at that point you’ve got to bear down and keep your team in there. Then the stuff hit the fan there.”
Vanden Hurk made a relief appearance in Florida’s 8-4 loss in Atlanta on April 15 and gave up two runs - both on an Andruw Jones homer - in 2 1-3 innings.