NEW YORK -- The first major league managerial win for Mike Redmond wasn't a thing of beauty. But it was certainly one worth celebrating.
Redmond celebrated on the field with his sons and enjoyed a champagne toast with Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria in the visiting manager's office late Friday night, just minutes after the Marlins hung on to beat the New York Mets, 7-5, at Citi Field.
Redmond, who spent more than half of his 13-year big-league career with the Marlins, was named Miami's manager last Nov. 1 after two seasons managing in the minor leagues with Toronto.
"No easy wins in the big leagues," Redmond said. "But for my first one, I'll definitely remember that for the rest of my life."
It appeared as if Redmond and the Marlins might have to wait a while for that first win when Miami was outscored 11-1 in getting swept by Washington this week. The one run was by far the lowest total for the Marlins during the first three games of a season, but their outburst Friday ensured they wouldn't break the record for fewest runs in the first four games of a season (six by the 1994 club).
Greg Dobbs gave Miami a lead it wouldn't relinquish Friday with a solo homer leading off the second. The Marlins broke open a pitcher's duel with five runs, four unearned, in the seventh, but had to survive threats by the Mets in the final three innings to escape with the victory.
Redmond waited on the field for his 12- and 10-year-old sons to get through security after Steve Cishek retired Justin Turner, the potential tying run, on a grounder to first for the final out.
"That's what it's all about," Redmond said. "They've been through a lot and Dad's gone a lot. For them to be here and to see how much it means to me is pretty neat. We're a team, with my wife, and that's pretty cool to have them here and to be a part of it."
After celebrating with his sons, Redmond walked into the locker room, where he was welcomed by cheers from Marlins players.
"To get that first win is awesome and to get it for ‘Red' as well is amazing," said winning pitcher Alex Sanabia, who earned his first big-league win since Sept. 22, 2010 with six shutout innings. "Can't imagine what he's feeling. First win as a big-league manager, it's got to be awesome."
The Mets lost their second in a row after beating the Padres by a combined score of 19-6 in the first two games of the season.
Starter Jeremy Hefner was the tough-luck loser after allowing just five hits, including Dobbs' homer, while walking two and striking out three in six innings. Mets starters have allowed just four runs in 26 innings in the first four games.
"It's a competitive group," said Hefner, who moved into the rotation when Johan Santana was hurt in spring training. "We compete against each other every day."
Sanabia, who was making his first big-league appearance since Sept. 24, 2011, danced out of trouble all night allowing six hits and three walks while striking out just one. But he stranded eight Mets runners, including four in scoring position.
Placido Polanco led the Marlins offensively by going 3-for-5 with a two-run single that keyed the seventh-inning rally. Rob Brantly had a pair of doubles, including an RBI double that capped the seventh inning, while Justin Ruggiano had two RBI and two stolen bases.
The Marlins' seventh-inning outburst began when Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada bobbled a grounder by leadoff batter Donovan Solano. Pinch-hitter Austin Kearns drew a walk before Juan Pierre laid down a bunt. Pitcher Greg Burke whirled and threw to third, but Solano beat the throw to load the bases.
Polanco followed with his two-run single. One out later, Dobbs greeted Scott Rice with a sacrifice fly and Ruggiano and Brantly delivered consecutive RBI doubles.
"I think our team, we're going to have to start playing small ball," Ruggiano said. "I'm open to hitting and running, bunting, whatever it takes to (score) runs. Because at the end of the day, that's how you win games."
Ruggiano added an RBI single in the ninth, which proved to be valuable insurance against the Mets, who made things interesting in each of the last three innings.
Daniel Murphy's three-run homer cut the gap to 6-3 in the seventh. In the eighth, Tejada and Mike Baxter drew two-out walks before Jordany Valdespin was hit by a pitch. Murphy worked a 3-1 count out of A.J. Ramos, but grounded out to second.
With one out in the ninth, Ike Davis walked and scored on pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis' RBI double. Nieuwenhuis scored on Lucas Duda's single before Cishek struck out John Buck and retired Turner.
"The way that thing was going, we were needing every run we could get," Redmond said. "Ruggiano picking up that last run ended up being big, to have that one extra cushion.
"Overall, it's a big sigh of relief to get that first win out of the way. Excited to come back tomorrow and do it all over again."
Valdespin had two hits, reached base four times and stole a base in his first start of the season for the Mets, though he was also picked off first in the third inning.
NOTES: Mets manager Terry Collins said pitcher Shawn Marcum is at least a week or two away from resuming a throwing program after he underwent an MRI Thursday that revealed nerve inflammation in his neck. Marcum was placed on the disabled list Monday, retroactive to March 22. Aaron Laffey is expected to start in his place in Sunday's series finale. ... Collins also said he didn't expect to need to give David Wright a day off anytime soon. Wright was limited at the end of spring training by an intercostal strain he suffered in the World Baseball Classic but has started each of the Mets' first four games. ... The Mets released minor league pitcher Brad Holt, a 2008 draft pick who had a 5.01 ERA in five professional seasons. ... Sanabia went 6-7 with a 4.06 ERA at Triple-A New Orleans last year, when he was limited to just 17 starts by groin, oblique and shoulder injuries. ... The Marlins placed first baseman Casey Kotchman on the disabled list, retroactive to Thursday, with a strained left hamstring. Kotchman was hitless in his first five at-bats this season. Rookie catcher Kyle Skipworth was recalled to take his place. ... Friday marked the 20th anniversary of the Marlins' first game, a 6-3 win over the Dodgers.