Marlins 8, Braves 1
MIAMI (AP)—Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox was impressed with what he saw Monday night. Just not from his own team.
“These guys are good,” Cox said. “They got good hitters, great pitching, super defense. It’s no easy task to beat these guys.”
Redman (6-3) settled down after giving up a run in the first inning, retiring 18 of 19 batters until Julio Franco singled in the seventh.
“I threw a lot of fastballs inside and they were jamming themselves,” said Redman. “I was going to make them hit the ball. I tried to stay around the plate, keep the ball down and make them hit good pitches.”
Redman struck out two and walked one in his second complete game of the season. He lowered his ERA to 2.78.
“He changed speeds well,” said Marlins manager Jack McKeon. “He’s a professional. He does a yeoman’s job every time out.”
McKeon credited Redmond with giving the Marlins bullpen a much needed night off after the weekend series against the Red Sox in which the Marlins gave up 45 runs.
“Those kind of guys are real hard to hit,” Cox said of Redman. “He doesn’t throw hard, but he’s right over the top.”
Maddux (6-8) gave up seven runs on six hits in four innings. It was his shortest outing since May 20, when he also gave up seven runs in four innings in a loss to Cincinnati.
Once again, Maddux struggled in the opening inning. Of the 72 runs he has given up this year, 27 have come in the first inning.
“I didn’t pitch good, I didn’t locate good and they took advantage,” said Maddux. “They hit my mistakes.”
Back on April 5, the Marlins tagged Maddux for nine runs in two innings. He came back eight days later to hold the Florida to one run on two hits in six innings.
Rodriguez hit his 10th home run and added a double off Trey Hodges in the fifth. Over his last 25 games, Rodriguez is 35-for-93, raising his batting average from .239 to .290.
“I just try to concentrate and hit the ball hard,” said Rodriguez, adding that he was more impressed with his pitcher than with his own offense.
“It was a nice game but the best part is we got the win. Redman pitched a great game. He worked both sides of the plate, fastball in and out and the changeup was good,” he said.
Lee’s two-run homer in the third was his 16th of the season, and came after Mike Lowell singled with two outs.
Lee homered for only the fourth time this season at Pro Player Stadium. His last home run in Miami came on April 12 against Atlanta.
“I don’t hit a lot here but I hit that one pretty good,” Lee said.
Cox thought Maddux could have escaped the first inning without as much damage had Rodriguez not muscled an inside pitch over the wall.
“That ball went way in on him and he it to right field. Normally that pitch jams somebody or gets a popup, not hit out to right field,” Cox said.
Maddux was more impressed that Rodriguez connected on the homer on the first pitch he saw in the game.
“You don’t usually hit the first pitch you see out of the park,” Maddux said.
The Marlins announced that RHP Blaine Neal would be sent down to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room on the roster for Tuesday night’s starter Josh Beckett. … Kevin Gryboski relieved Maddux to start the fifth, but his appearance lasted only three pitches—all balls—before he left because of muscle spasms in right side. Hodges threw the fourth ball to Luis Castillo, but the walk was charged to Gryboski. … The bat flew out Todd Hollandsworth’s hands as he struck out in the second inning. The bat loudly clanged off a railing in front of the fans above the Marlins dugout, ricocheting harmlessly to field. … A fourth-inning pitch from Maddux ran up and in to Alex Gonzalez knocking the bat out his hands. But the ball was called foul because it onlycaught the knob of the bat.