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Jon Krawczynski / Associated Press, Published April 23 2013

Twins split doubleheader with Marlins

MINNEAPOLIS – Rob Brantly had three hits and a career-high four RBIs and the Miami Marlins’ offense broke out of a season-long funk to beat the Minnesota Twins 8-5 on Tuesday night and earn a split in the day-night doubleheader.

Brantly had two doubles and Ricky Nolasco (1-2) allowed two earned runs on six hits in five innings for the Marlins, who won for just the fifth time this season. Miami had a season-high 16 hits, including a double, a single and two RBIs from struggling slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Steve Cishek got his second save.

Joe Mauer had two hits and an RBI for the Twins, who beat the Marlins 4-3 in the opener. Mike Pelfrey (2-2) had another rough outing, giving up five runs on nine hits in 4 Xc innings, and the Twins lost for the first time in six games.

The Marlins entered the night cap with the worst offense in the majors, last in most statistical categories including batting average (.211), runs scored (46) home runs (six), RBIs (44) and on-base percentage (.270).

But they scored three runs in the first inning on a chilly night, then overcame several mistakes to hold off the Twins. Brantly had a two-run double in the first, an RBI-double in the fifth and a run-scoring single in the sixth. Justin Ruggiano and Chris Valaika also drove in runs and Stanton made it 8-4 with a hard-hit single in the eighth for just his third RBI this season.

First-year manager Mike Redmond, who spent five years as a backup catcher for the Twins, watched his young team let a popup fall between their shortstop and leftfielder, give up a three-run inning to the Twins in the third thanks to a wild pitch, a passed ball and a questionable call by first base umpire D.J. Reyburn. Brantly was thrown out at third base on a late tag-up to end the seventh inning.

And they still won.

Pelfrey has had a tough time in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. His longest outing is just 5 1-3 innings and his ERA is up to 7.94. Eduardo Escobar had three hits, including a triple, for the Twins, who got a homer from Oswaldo Arcia and seven strong innings from Kevin Correia to take Game 1.

Arcia’s three-run homer in the fourth backed Correia (2-1), who allowed five hits and struck out five. Brian Dozier had three hits, and Glen Perkins earned his sixth save.

Jose Fernandez (0-2) gave up four runs and six hits for the Marlins.

The teams were supposed to open their series Monday night, but the latest snowstorm put that one on ice. It was the third home game the Twins have had to postpone because of weather this year – there were just five in the first three seasons of Target Field.

Grounds crew members and ballpark personnel worked through the night to clear the heavy, wet snow from the field, seats and stairways. The temperature at first pitch was 38 degrees for Game 1 and a balmy 42 for Game 2, but the field, which has heater coils underneath it to combat cold temperatures, was lush and green.

“I think it’s harder to hit in (the cold weather) than pitch in it,” Correia said. “It’s kind of tough to get a feel on the baseball. I’ve thrown well in the cold. I wouldn’t call myself happy to be out there. I can’t wait for the 70-degree weather to come around.”

First Game

Miami Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Pierre lf 4 1 1 0 Dozier 2b 4 1 3 0

Polanc 3b 3 0 1 0 Mauer c 3 0 0 0

Stanton rf 3 0 0 0 Wlngh lf 3 0 0 0

Dobbs dh 4 1 1 1 Mornea 1b 4 0 1 1

Ruggin cf 4 1 1 0 Parmel rf 4 1 1 0

Mahny 1b 3 0 2 2 Plouffe 3b 3 1 1 0

Valaika ph 1 0 0 0 Arcia dh 4 1 1 3

Olivo c 4 0 0 0 Hicks cf 2 0 0 0

NGreen ss 4 0 0 0 Flormn ss 3 0 0 0

DSolan 2b 2 0 0 0

Totals 32 3 6 3 Totals 30 4 7 4

Miami 000 200 010— 3

Minnesota 100 300 00x— 4

DP—Miami 1, Minnesota 1. LOB—Miami 5, Minnesota 6. 2B—Pierre (3), Ruggiano (5). 3B—Dozier (2). HR—Arcia (1). SB—Dozier (1).

IP H R ER BB SO

Miami

Fernandez L,0-2 5 6 4 4 2 2

Webb 3 1 0 0 1 1

Minnesota

Correia W,2-1 7 5 2 2 1 5

Burton H,5 1 1 1 1 0 0

Perkins S,6-6 1 0 0 0 0 3

HBP—by Fernandez (Willingham), by Burton (Polanco, Stanton). Balk—Fernandez.

T—2:26. A—25,716 (39,021).

Second Game

Miami Minnesota

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Coghln lf 5 0 1 0 Dozier 2b 4 1 0 0

Polanc 3b 5 1 1 0 Mauer dh 4 0 2 1

Stanton rf 4 2 2 2 Arcia lf 5 0 1 0

Dobbs dh 5 1 2 0 Mornea 1b 5 0 0 0

Ruggin cf 5 2 1 1 Doumit c 4 1 1 0

Brantly c 5 0 3 4 Parmel rf 4 0 0 0

Valaika ss 4 0 2 1 EEscor ss 3 2 3 0

Mahny 1b 5 1 2 0 Hicks cf 2 1 1 1

DSolan 2b 4 1 2 0 Carroll 3b 4 0 1 1

Totals 42 8 16 8 Totals 35 5 9 3

Miami 310 010 210— 8

Minnesota 003 001 010— 5

E—Mahoney (1). DP—Miami 1, Minnesota 1. LOB—Miami 9, Minnesota 8. 2B—Stanton (3), Brantly 2 (6), Mahoney (1), Doumit (6). 3B—E.Escobar (1). SF—Hicks.

IP H R ER BB SO

Miami

Nolasco W,1-2 5 6 3 2 1 4

A.Ramos H,3 1 1 1 1 2 0

M.Dunn H,3 2 2 1 1 0 3

Cishek S,2-3 1 0 0 0 1 1

Minnesota

Pelfrey L,2-2 4Xc 9 5 5 1 2

Swarzak 1Xc 3 2 2 1 0

Pressly 1Xc 3 1 1 0 0

P.Hernandez 1 1 0 0 0 0

WP—Nolasco. PB—Brantly.

T—3:41. A—23,300 (39,021).