MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The warm memories washed over Mike Redmond upon his return to Minnesota, where he spent five seasons as a beloved backup catcher and clubhouse cutup.
Then Redmond's Miami Marlins hit the chilly diamond at Target Field, and the same problems that have plagued his young and rebuilding team returned.
The sluggish Marlins offense went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position and once again failed to give the starting pitcher much support in Miami's 4-3 loss to the Twins Tuesday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
"Obviously we need to score more runs," said Redmond, who is in his first year as a big league manager. "It's been the same story all season. We're getting enough on the mound."
Jose Fernandez (0-2) gave up four runs and six hits for the Marlins, who are off to a franchise-worst 4-16 start after an offseason salary purge. Joe Mahoney had two hits and two RBIs for Miami, which is last in the National League in most major offensive categories, including batting average (.211), home runs (six), RBIs (44) and on-base percentage (.270).
Oswaldo Arcia hit his first career home run and Kevin Correia (2-1) allowed two runs on five hits and struck out five in seven innings for the Twins, who have won five in a row.
The Marlins squandered a big chance in the eighth inning when they had the bases loaded and one out against Jared Burton. Juan Pierre scored on a groundout by Greg Dobbs to make it 4-3, but Justin Ruggiano grounded out to third to end it.
"I take a lot of heat for us not scoring," said Pierre, who was 1 for 4 to drop his batting average to .194. "I'm the leadoff guy and I'm supposed to get on base, and I haven't done my job at all to get on base. I'm supposed to make it easier for the rest of the lineup. I'll take a lot of the heat for the offensive struggles."
The teams were supposed to open their series on 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.
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