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Associated Press, Published June 26 2013

Marlins clinch winning June with victory over Twins

MIAMI – Scott Diamond’s latest start went like many of his other recent outings – not quite enough for the Minnesota Twins.

Diamond allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings Wednesday and the Twins lost to the Miami Marlins 5-3.

“I feel I’ve already been on the hot seat, but I’ve got to be pitching better and that falls back on not going late in games and having that rough fifth and sixth inning,” Diamond said.

“I’m showing more consistency and executing pitches better even though my numbers haven’t shown it. I’m just really waiting for it to start cracking and if I’m still on the hot seat then that’s the way it is,” he said.

Diamond (5-7) is 2-5 with a 6.89 ERA in his last nine starts after beginning 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA in his first five outings. He’s gone at least six innings just once since May 7.

“It’s not helping anybody. It’s not helping my team, it’s not helping the defense, and I’m getting sick of it,” he said.

Placido Polanco homered for the first time in more than a year and Jeff Mathis hit his first since last August, helping the Marlins overcome a three-run deficit.

“That just shows you when you start playing better and guys continue to gain confidence, you have a lot of different contributors,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. “We saw that today out of a couple of guys who’ve been kind of quiet.”

Miami is 13-9 this month and is ensured of a winning record in June following a 14-41 start. Still, the Marlins’ 27-50 record is the poorest in the major leagues.

“Right now, guys are playing with a lot of confidence and having fun,” said Marlins starter Tom Koehler, who allowed three runs in four innings.

Joe Mauer had three hits for Minnesota, which has lost four of five.

Minnesota took a 3-0 lead in the first off Koehler when Mauer and Josh Willingham hit consecutive run-scoring singles and Oswaldo Arcia followed with an RBI groundout.

Minnesota Miami

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Thoms cf 3 1 0 0 Ruggin lf 4 0 1 0

Dozier 2b 3 1 0 0 Lucas 2b 4 0 2 0

Mornea ph 1 0 0 0 Stanton rf 4 0 2 1

Mauer c 5 1 3 1 Ozuna cf 4 0 1 0

Wlngh lf 4 0 1 1 Morrsn 1b 4 1 1 0

Arcia rf 3 0 2 1 Polanc 3b 4 2 2 2

Plouffe 3b 4 0 1 0 Hchvrr ss 4 0 0 0

Parmel 1b 3 0 0 0 Mathis c 4 1 1 2

EEscor ss 4 0 0 0 Koehler p 1 0 0 0

Dimnd p 3 0 1 0 Slowey p 2 1 1 0

Pressly p 0 0 0 0 MDunn p 0 0 0 0

Dunsng p 0 0 0 0 Cishek p 0 0 0 0

Carroll ph 1 0 0 0

Fien p 0 0 0 0

Totals 34 3 8 3 Totals 35 5 11 5

Minnesota 300 000 000— 3

Miami 000 032 00x— 5

E—Thomas (3), Koehler (1). DP—Miami 1. LOB—Minnesota 9, Miami 6. 2B—Ozuna (17). HR—Polanco (1), Mathis (1). CS—Thomas (2).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Diamond L,5-7 5 8 4 4 0 4

Pressly 1Xc 3 1 1 0 1

Duensing Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Fien 1 0 0 0 0 1

Miami

Koehler 4 4 3 3 4 1

Slowey W,3-6 3 4 0 0 1 2

M.Dunn H,11 1 0 0 0 0 1

Cishek S,14-16 1 0 0 0 0 1

Diamond pitched to 1 batter in the 6th.

WP—Slowey.

T—3:08 (Rain delay: 0:03). A—15,318 (37,442).