Marlins 3, Diamondbacks 2
MIAMI (AP)—Bob Brenly was angry Monday night, and not just because Arizona lost for the eighth time in 10 games.
The Diamondbacks’ manager was incensed that after Ugueth Urbina walked pinch-hitter Carlos Baerga with the bases loaded in the eighth inning and ran off the mound, the Florida reliever got an inning-ending called strikeout from plate umpire Mike DiMuro on Danny Bautista. Florida held on for a 3-2 win.
“Urbina runs off the mound and shows up the home plate umpire the way he does,” Brenly said, “and then he (DiMuro) gives him two pitches that are borderline at best.”
After the ball-four call, Urbina ran toward the dugout as if he had gotten a called third strike. Urbina, angry, then turned his back to the plate and walked toward second base. Florida manager Jack McKeon, worried the reliever would get ejected, sent pitching coach Wayne Rosenthal out to the field to calm down Urbina.
“I don’t know that I’ve ever seen an umpire do that after being shown up the way he was,” Brenly said. “I’m not saying he needs to squeeze him, but certainly you don’t go off the corner and give the guy pitches after he embarrasses you in front of everybody.”
McKeon was impressed with Cabrera, who is 20.
“This guy is mature for his age,” he said. “Some guys can come up and play in the majors at 19 or 20, and some guys can’t.”
Florida has won four straight and seven of eight, closing within one game of Philadelphia, the NL wild-card leader. At 57-49, the Marlins are eight games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 1997 season (92-70).
Miguel Batista (7-6) struck out a career-high 11 in seven innings for Arizona, which lost for the eighth time in 10 games and dropped 11 1/2 games behind first-place San Francisco in the NL West. He allowed all three runs and seven hits.
“He deserved a better fate. Seems I’ve been saying that a lot lately,” Brenly said. “Miggy didn’t make too many mistakes.”
Rookie Matt Kata was 4-for-5 for Arizona, raising his average to .305.
“I’d trade them off for the win,” Kata said.
Florida first baseman Derrek Lee left the game in the eighth inning after partially dislocating a joint in his right shoulder. With two on, he dived to his right trying to Luis Gonzalez’s grounder. Lee got the ball, raced to first with the it, then dropped the ball and dived to pick it up again.
The game was stopped for several minutes, and Lee was replaced by Brian Banks. Lee has played in 315 consecutive games, the longest streak in Marlins’ history and the third-longest in the major leagues behind Miguel Tejada (536) and Alex Rodriguez (495). Lee hasn’t missed a game since Aug. 10, 2001.
“I just went to reach for the ball, and I kind of extended my shoulder and kind of rolled on it a little bit which caused it to pop out,” Lee said. “But I guess I rolled back over and it popped back in.”
Lee, who described the injury as “just a scare,” will treat the injury with ice overnight.
“There’s no tears, there’s good muscle strength, so we’ll just have to see how it feels in the morning,” Lee said.
Redman (9-4) gave up six hits, struck out five and walked two.
“He didn’t overpower us,” Gonzalez said. “He’s the kind of guy where you looks back and you say you saw every pitch, but you couldn’t square one off. It was a frustrating day facing a guy like that.”
Redman also went 1-for-3 at the plate, getting his first hit of the season. Redman, 0-for-36 with 19 strikeouts coming in, struck out in the second inning and grounded to second in the fourth inning, earning a standing ovation. Redman then grounded a ball through the right side of the infield in the seventh inning for his first hit, raising his average to .026.
In his second at bat, Redman said he noticed the cheers, and showing an inscription on his bat to the umpire and catcher, saying “Help, I need a hit.”
Cabrera’s two-run homer in the second put Florida ahead, but Shea Hillenbrand’s fourth-inning homer cut the lead in half. Cabrera then hit an RBI double in the bottom half.
Braden Looper pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 24 chances.
Marlins RHP Tim Spooneybarger, on the DL since June 17 with tendinitis in his pitching elbow, was cleared to begin a throwing program on Tuesday. … Redman knocked down Hillenbrand’s comebacker in the sixth with his glove. The ball rolled toward the first-base line, but the pitcher ran over and threw to first in time for the out. … Arizona LF Luis Gonzalez dropped Alex Gonzalez‘sline drive in the second inning for his second error this season.