Marlins 5, Expos 3
MIAMI (AP)—Florida manager Jack McKeon wanted several players to step up and fill the void left by the injury to All-Star third baseman Mike Lowell.
He got it Sunday.
“We needed some of these guys to pick each other up,” McKeon said. “Hopefully we can get five or six of them pounding away at once.”
Lowell, the team’s cleanup hitter and clubhouse leader, broke a bone in his hand when he was hit by a fastball from Montreal’s Hector Almonte on Saturday. He saw a hand specialist Sunday, but the prognosis didn’t change: He’s out for the rest of the regular season.
“They can win without one guy,” Lowell said. “They know that, and we saw it today.”
Nonetheless, McKeon said the Marlins were trying to make a trade to replace Lowell, and wanted to do it soon. The deadline for adding players to the roster and having them eligible for the postseason is midnight Monday. Any player added after then wouldn’t be eligible for the playoffs.
The Marlins are tied with Philadelphia atop the National League wild-card race.
The Expos, meanwhile, continued to struggle on the road, falling to 4-17 away from home since the All-Star break and dropping three games behind the Phillies and Marlins.
“It’s tough to understand sometimes why we don’t win on the road,” outfielder Brad Wilkerson said. “It’s not one thing; it’s a bunch of different things. If somebody can figure it out, I wish they’d come tell me.”
Lee put the Marlins ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the inning with his 26th homer.
Wilkerson singled with two outs in the fifth and scored on Orlando Cabrera’s double to tie it at 3. But Florida took the lead for good in the fifth when Luis Castillo singled and scored on Ivan Rodriguez’s double. Rodriguez moved to third on a throwing error and came home on Brian Banks’ single up the middle off Zach Day (7-6).
“When you put two runs on the board in the first inning and your pitcher gives up three, then you come back and tie the game and your pitcher gives up two more runs, it’s a little disheartening,” Expos manager Frank Robinson said. “You want your pitcher to shut them down. It just wasn’t a good day today all around.”
Redman (11-8) seemed to get back on track, which also could help Florida’s postseason push. The left-hander gave up six three runs on six hits and two walks in six innings. Redman gave up a combined 16 earned runs in his three previous starts—all losses.
Redman struck out 10, giving the Marlins’ staff 32 strikeouts in the first three games of the four-game series.
Ugueth Urbina allowed one hit in two relief innings for his 27th save in 33 chances. It was his first save since joining the Marlins in July.
“More responsibility falls on everybody else to pick it up without Mike,” Lee said. “Guys have got to step it up. … You can’t just pack it in when you lose Mike Lowell. We have guys that can get it done, and we’re going to fightfor it.”
Expos 3B Todd Zeile was ejected in the fourth for arguing balls and strikes with plate umpire Bill Welke. Zeile struck out looking in each of his two at-bats. His ejection came an inning after Guerrero questioned a called third strike. RHP Claudio Vargas, on the DL with shoulder tendinitis, also was ejected. He was tossed in the seventh for yelling at Welke from the dugout. … LHP Vic Darensbourg made his debut with the Expos and allowed a hit in two-thirds of an inning against his former team. … Montreal 1B Wil Corderowas 0-4, falling to 1-11 in the series and has one hit in his last 20 at-bats.