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Minnesota at Miami

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Minnesota (34-40)300000000381
Miami (27-50) «00003200x5111

Marlins 5, Twins 3

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- A rare power surge from a pair of veterans lifted the Miami Marlins to their latest victory.

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 in a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.

"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.

With the Marlins trailing 3-0, Mathis hit a two-run homer in the fifth off Scott Diamond (5-7). Just 5 for 52 (.096) this season entering the at-bat, Mathis had not homered since Aug. 24 for Toronto against Baltimore's Matt Lindstrom.

"I knew he was throwing a lot of fastballs and he was around the zone," Mathis said. "I was just trying to get a pitch up and put a good swing on it."

Kevin Slowey (3-6), who pitched three scoreless innings, singled and scored the tying run on Giancarlo Stanton's groundout. Slowey earned the win in his first appearance against his former team where he played from 2007-11.

Logan Morrison's leadoff single in the sixth chased Diamond, and Polanco sent a 354-foot drive off Ryan Pressly just over the left-field wall. He had gone 350 consecutive at-bats without a home run since hitting one off Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw on June 4 last year.

"That is one of the most professional hitters you'll see," Twins manager Rod Gardenhire said of Polanco. "We've faced him a lot of different years with a lot of different teams and he's always been a good contact guy. He puts the bat on the ball. As you saw he can drive one too. He's good in those situations."

Pressly, who made his major league debut this year, had not allowed a home run in his previous 23 big league games.

Mike Dunn and Steve Cishek followed Slowey with an inning each of perfect relief. Cishek retired the Twins in order in the ninth for the second straight game and earned his 14th save in 16 chances.

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.

"You jump out like that with three runs quick and you think, `Oh here we go' and nothing happened after that," Gardenhire said. "We couldn't put them away. We had men out there. We needed another big hit early to put them away at least open the lead up and maybe have one of those kind of games, but to their credit, they kept battling back."

Diamond gave up four runs and eight hits in five innings. He said he needed to do better and pitch deeper into the game.

"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.

 
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Players of the Game
Minnesota

J. Mauer
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Miami

P. Polanco
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Clete Thomas, CF3100201 .262
Brian Dozier, 2B3100101 .226
    Justin Morneau, PH1000010 .281
Joe Mauer, C5131000 .337
Josh Willingham, LF4011012 .218
Oswaldo Arcia, RF3021100 .286
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4010022 .272
Chris Parmelee, 1B3000105 .233
Eduardo Escobar, SS4000012 .226
Scott Diamond, P3010000 .143
    Jamey Carroll, PH1000000 .208
Totals3438355  
a-struck out for Dozier in the 9th
b-flied out for Duensing in the 8th
Batting
RBI - Joe Mauer (26), Josh Willingham (36), Oswaldo Arcia (22)
CS - Clete Thomas (2, 2nd base by Koehler/Mathis)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Clete Thomas (3, Throwing)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Diamond (L,5-7) 5844041 5.40
Ryan Pressly 1.2311011 2.27
Brian Duensing 0.1000000 3.95
Casey Fien 1000010 3.69
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Diamond 89-64, Ryan Pressly 33-20, Brian Duensing 1-1, Casey Fien 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Diamond 6-5, Ryan Pressly 1-3, Brian Duensing 1-0, Casey Fien 2-0
Batters Faced - Scott Diamond 23, Ryan Pressly 8, Brian Duensing 1, Casey Fien 3
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Justin Ruggiano, LF4010020 .228
Ed Lucas, 2B4020000 .313
Giancarlo Stanton, RF4021000 .261
Marcell Ozuna, CF4010014 .297
Logan Morrison, 1B4110014 .302
Placido Polanco, 3B4222000 .239
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS4000001 .204
Jeff Mathis, C4112010 .109
Tom Koehler, P1000010 .067
    Kevin Slowey, P2110000 .050
Totals35511506  
Batting
2B - Marcell Ozuna (17, Diamond)
HR - Placido Polanco (1, Pressly), Jeff Mathis (1, Diamond)
RBI - Giancarlo Stanton (20), Placido Polanco 2 (11), Jeff Mathis 2 (5)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Hechavarria-Lucas-Morrison
E - Tom Koehler (1, Throwing)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tom Koehler 4433410 4.78
Kevin Slowey (W,3-6) 3400120 3.90
Mike Dunn (H,11) 1000010 2.83
Steve Cishek (S,14) 1000010 3.24
WP - Kevin Slowey (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tom Koehler 85-48, Kevin Slowey 52-35, Mike Dunn 27-19, Steve Cishek 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tom Koehler 7-3, Kevin Slowey 5-2, Steve Cishek 1-1
Batters Faced - Tom Koehler 19, Kevin Slowey 14, Mike Dunn 3, Steve Cishek 3
Game Information
Attendance - 15318
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Dan Bellino