MIAMI (AP) -- Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox was impressed with
what he saw Monday night. Just not from his own team.
Mark Redman pitched a five-hitter and the Florida Marlins
roughed up Greg Maddux and beat the Braves 8-1."These guys are good," Cox said. "They got good hitters,
great pitching, super defense. It's no easy task to beat these
guys."Ivan Rodriguez hit a three-run homer in the first inning off
Maddux and Derrek Lee connected later, as the Marlins pulled back
to .500 for the fourth time in seven games.Redman (6-3) settled down after giving up a run in the first
inning, retiring 18 of 19 batters until Julio Franco singled in the
seventh."I threw a lot of fastballs inside and they were jamming
themselves," said Redman. "I was going to make them hit the ball.
I tried to stay around the plate, keep the ball down and make them
hit good pitches."Redman struck out two and walked one in his second complete game
of the season. He lowered his ERA to 2.78."He changed speeds well," said Marlins manager Jack McKeon.
"He's a professional. He does a yeoman's job every time out."McKeon credited Redmond with giving the Marlins bullpen a much
needed night off after the weekend series against the Red Sox in
which the Marlins gave up 45 runs."Those kind of guys are real hard to hit," Cox said of Redman.
"He doesn't throw hard, but he's right over the top."Maddux (6-8) gave up seven runs on six hits in four innings. It
was his shortest outing since May 20, when he also gave up seven
runs in four innings in a loss to Cincinnati.Once again, Maddux struggled in the opening inning. Of the 72
runs he has given up this year, 27 have come in the first inning."I didn't pitch good, I didn't locate good and they took
advantage," said Maddux. "They hit my mistakes."Back on April 5, the Marlins tagged Maddux for nine runs in two
innings. He came back eight days later to hold the Florida to one
run on two hits in six innings.Rodriguez hit his 10th home run and added a double off Trey
Hodges in the fifth. Over his last 25 games, Rodriguez is
35-for-93, raising his batting average from .239 to .290."I just try to concentrate and hit the ball hard," said
Rodriguez, adding that he was more impressed with his pitcher than
with his own offense."It was a nice game but the best part is we got the win. Redman
pitched a great game. He worked both sides of the plate, fastball
in and out and the changeup was good," he said.Lee's two-run homer in the third was his 16th of the season, and
came after Mike Lowell singled with two outs.Lee homered for only the fourth time this season at Pro Player
Stadium. His last home run in Miami came on April 12 against
Atlanta."I don't hit a lot here but I hit that one pretty good," Lee
said.Cox thought Maddux could have escaped the first inning without
as much damage had Rodriguez not muscled an inside pitch over the
wall."That ball went way in on him and he it to right field.
Normally that pitch jams somebody or gets a popup, not hit out to
right field," Cox said.Maddux was more impressed that Rodriguez connected on the homer
on the first pitch he saw in the game."You don't usually hit the first pitch you see out of the
park," Maddux said.The Braves scored in the first after Rafael Furcal led off the
game with a ground-rule double, advanced to third on a single by
Marcus Giles and came home on Gary Sheffield's double-play
The Marlins announced that RHP Blaine Neal would be sent
down to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room on the roster for Tuesday
night's starter Josh Beckett. ... Kevin Gryboski relieved Maddux to
start the fifth, but his appearance lasted only three pitches -- all
balls -- before he left because of muscle spasms in right side.
Hodges threw the fourth ball to Luis Castillo, but the walk was
charged to Gryboski. ... The bat flew out Todd Hollandsworth's
hands as he struck out in the second inning. The bat loudly clanged
off a railing in front of the fans above the Marlins dugout,
ricocheting harmlessly to field. ... A fourth-inning pitch from
Maddux ran up and in to Alex Gonzalez knocking the bat out his
hands. But the ball was called foul because it only caught the knob
of the bat.