MIAMI (AP)—Mike Redmond was in pain after taking a foul ball off his right shoulder early in the game.
“I’ve had a lot of rough nights,” Redmond said. “That’s the life of a catcher.”
But after Bruney went ahead 0-1 on Redmond, his next four pitches missed the strike zone.
“I was going to make him throw a strike,” Redmond said. “It was a rough start, but we battled back. We’ll take the win.”
Armando Benitez (1-0) walked three in a scoreless 10th for the victory.
“The last couple of days we’ve had men on base, things are happening,” Florida manager Jack McKeon said. “We’re taking the base on balls, being selective at the plate.”
Richie Sexson’s RBI single in eighth tied it 5-5, but the Diamondbacks wasted a one-out, bases-loaded opportunity when shortstop Alex Gonzalez forced out Alex Cintron at the plate on Danny Bautista’s grounder and Shea Hillenbrand lined out to third baseman Mike Lowell.
Activated before the game, Sexson played for the first time since April 28 after a shoulder injury.
“I think it was a total success,” Sexson said. “I went out there and swung at something, waived through it. … I’m confident everything is fine.”
Bruney (2-1) walked four and allowed one run and one hit in 1 1-3 innings.
“I usually throw strikes, but it didn’t happen,” Bruney said. “I threw a lot of balls tonight. I got myself in a lot of trouble, instead of letting them put the ball in play and letting my defense work.”
Florida loaded the bases with no outs in the second, but Gonzalez popped out and Oliver grounded into a double play. The Marlins then took a 4-3 lead in the third when Lenny Harris hit a two-run single and Redmond followed with a two-run double.
“We’re getting an opportunity to play so we’re trying to play tough and stay in the race,” said Harris, who started his second consecutive game.
Harris also made a diving catch in the sixth inning to rob Luis Gonzalez of a potential extra-base hit.
“We have too much of a good team to be struggling right now,” Harris said.
Daigle’s struggles continues and the rookie’s spot in the starting rotation could be in jeopardy.
Daigle walked Luis Castillo and Pierre before Harris’ double.
“The walk that forced in the winning run was not the walk that really hurt us,” Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. “The two walks leading off the third inning to the two fastest baserunners in the National League ahead of one of the hottest hitters in the National League (Lowell), after we staked him to a three-run lead is what hurt us.”
Hillenbrand’s sixth homer tied it in the fourth, but Pierre put the Marlinsback ahead 5-4 with an RBI grounder in the bottom half.
Gonzalez dived to his right in the fourth to stop Bautista’s grounder to SS, then threw from his knees to get the out at first. … Mike Lowell went 0-for-4, snapping an 11-game hitting streak. … Kata’s homer was the ninth in Arizona’s history leading off a game. … Arizona reliever Stephen Randolphretired all six hitters he faced. Opponents are hitting .127 against him.