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Pelfrey struggles again in 8-5 loss to Marlins

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 23, 2013 at 11:45 pm •  Published: April 23, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Pelfrey is tired of having to apologize for poor outings.

The Minnesota Twins are probably getting tired of having to hear them as well.

Pelfrey gave up five runs in just 4 2-3 innings to stunt the Twins' momentum in an 8-5 loss to the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night, preventing a sweep of the day-night doubleheader.

The right-hander, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, gave up nine hits to a Marlins offense that is at the bottom of the majors in nearly every offensive category. He also labored at a slow pace on another chilly night at Target Field to suck the life out of a Twins team that had won five straight games.

"I need to be a lot better than what I have been," said Pelfry (2-2), who lasted just two innings in a loss to Kansas City on April 9. "I said in Kansas City that loss was on me and this loss is on me, too. I'm tired of saying that. I know I have to be better. I know that I can be better and that's frustrating on my end."

Joe Mauer had two hits and an RBI for the Twins, who beat the Marlins 4-3 in the opener.

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's longest outing is just 5 1-3 innings and his ERA is up to 7.94.

"I've worked so hard to get back from this injury and I feel good," Pelfrey said. "But it hasn't been too pretty yet."

Manager Ron Gardenhire said Pelfrey will stay in the rotation, but he didn't sugarcoat another short outing.

"That was not a good enough performance for him," Gardenhire said. "I'm sure he'll tell you the same thing. And it just kind of dragged from there."

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