MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins hitters, silent for more than half the game, made enough noise late to defeat the Minnesota Twins, 4-2, Tuesday night at Marlins Park.
The Marlins, winners for the fourth time in five games, continued their much-improved recent play. At 26-50, they still have the worst record in the majors, but they are 12-9 this month.
The Twins (34-39), who held the Marlins scoreless for the first five innings, lost for the third time in their past four games.
The Marlins, nursing a 2-1 lead after six innings, got an extra run when rookie Derek Dietrich homered 415 feet to right field. After Twins starter Kevin Correia had pitched reasonably well - two runs in six innings - Dietrich jumped on the first pitch from reliever Brian Duensing.
The Twins got a run back in the eighth. Joe Mauer led off the inning with a single, advanced to third on a single by Oswaldo Arcia and scored on Trevor Plouffe's single.
The Marlins made it 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth, scoring on consecutive doubles to left-center by Logan Morrison and Marcell Ozuna.
Miami also got excellent work from four relievers, who combined to hold the Twins to one run in four innings. Included in that group is closer Steve Cishek, who earned his 13th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.
The Twins scored first, pushing across one run in the third inning. Clete Thomas drew a one-out walk, advanced to second on a single to left by Brian Dozier and scored on a single by former Marlin Josh Willingham.
Marlins' rookie Jose Fernandez allowed just one run in five innings, but it wasn't his sharpest outing. He walked three batters and allowed four hits, all singles. He threw 94 pitches, 59 of them for strikes, and the Marlins - not wanting to overextend the 20-year-old - opted to pinch-hit for him in the fifth.
Fernandez was on the hook for a loss until the Marlins scored twice in the sixth. With one out, three straight Marlins got on base - Ed Lucas on a single, Giancarlo Stanton on a walk and Logan Morrison on a single. Marcell Ozuna then singled, and two runs scored, albeit helped by center fielder Thomas' bobble/error.
NOTES: Marlins OF Justin Ruggiano, who hit two homers Sunday, was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to a sore shoulder. Ruggiano, who leads the Marlins with 11 home runs - all of them on the road - hurt himself diving for a ball on Sunday. ... Marlins Park opened in 2012, and this is the first time the Twins have played here. The only other time the Twins played in Miami was in 2007 at Sun Life Stadium. RHP Henderson Alvarez is looking like he can help the Marlins on the mound and at the plate. Alvarez, who has missed the entire season due to a shoulder injury, made a Double A rehab Sunday and pitched 6 2/3 innings. He also slugged a three-run homer. Alvarez will get one more rehab start on Friday before the team is expected to activate him.