That's exactly what he got - and plenty of it.
After watching his team's slumbering bats finally awaken, Redmond would like to see the Marlins post consecutive wins for the first time Wednesday night against the Washington Nationals , who hope to have Bryce Harper back in the lineup.
Runs figured to be at a premium this season for the rebuilding Marlins, but 23 in the first 13 games would've been impossible to predict. Still, that's how many Miami (3-11) had totaled after Monday's 10-3 loss to Washington (8-6), the team's eighth in nine games.
Redmond remained optimistic after the Marlins were held to six hits in that defeat.
"I felt we had much better swings than we've had in the last few days," he said. "Hopefully that's something we can grow on."
Grow on it they did, setting a season high in runs and ending a long homerless drought in an 8-2 victory Tuesday. Adeiny Hechavarria hit a three-run homer and Justin Ruggiano added three RBIs as Miami exceeded its run total from the previous five games.
Redmond said Hechavarria's homer provided the kick-start the Marlins needed.
"We've been waiting for a big hit for a while. We knew it was going to come. We didn't know who it was going to come from.
"It was big for everybody. I think for everybody, it was like, 'All right, here we go' - a nice sigh and a little bit of relief."
All the offense came without slugger Giancarlo Stanton , who missed his fifth consecutive game with a bruised left shoulder. Stanton said he felt better after taking batting practice early Tuesday, and will see how he feels Wednesday before a decision is made on his status.
"We want to make sure that he's right, and that it doesn't still hurt him," Redmond told the team's official website. "We don't want to push him. We want to make sure everything feels right with him before we do that."
The Marlins hadn't homered in a franchise record-tying nine straight games before Hechavarria connected for the team's major league-low third of the season.
Washington outfielders Harper and Denard Span sat out with flu-like symptoms, but both could return for this game. The Nationals were also without second baseman Danny Espinosa , who has a bruised right hand.
Ricky Nolasco (0-1, 3.12 ERA) probably wouldn't mind if Harper sat out again since the Nationals' star hit two homers off him in Washington's 2-0 opening-day win April 1.
The right-hander, though, pitched very well otherwise in that game and had thrown consecutive shutouts - wins by a combined 17-0 score - in his two previous outings against the Nationals. He is 10-6 with a 3.58 ERA in 19 starts in the series.
Nolasco allowed one run and seven hits over six innings Friday against Philadelphia, but Miami managed only four hits in a 3-1, 10-inning loss.
Ross Detwiler (0-0, 0.69) will try to provide Washington with another strong performance. He has no decisions despite allowing one earned run and 10 hits in 13 innings with three walks and six strikeouts.
The left-hander was in line for the win Friday after holding Atlanta to one run and four hits over seven innings, but his bullpen couldn't hold the lead for the second time.
Detwiler is 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in three starts against the Marlins, all coming last season.
|April 16, 2013||Bryce Harper||Day-to-Day||Flu-like symptoms|
|April 16, 2013||Denard Span||Day-to-Day||Flu-like symptoms|
|April 14, 2013||Wilson Ramos||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|March 22, 2013||Christian Garcia||15-Day DL||Strained right forearm tendon|
|April 13, 2013||Justin Ruggiano||Day-to-Day||Groin|
|April 12, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Left shoulder soreness|
|April 04, 2013||Casey Kotchman||Day-to-Day||Strained left hamstring|
|April 04, 2013||Casey Kotchman||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|March 31, 2013||Alfredo Silverio||60-Day DL||Sprained right elbow|
|March 31, 2013||Logan Morrison||60-Day DL||Recovery from right knee surgery|
MIAMI (AP) -- An ailing Bryce Harper required intravenous fluids before the game, vomited once between innings and repeatedly bent over in discomfort before stepping into the batter's box.
His swing was as robust as ever.
Back in the lineup after missing one game with the flu, Harper went 4 for 5 on Wednesday night to hike his average to .364 and lead the Washington Nationals past the Miami Marlins 6-1.
"I didn't feel very good at all," Harper said. "Getting in the box and swinging made my head spin a little bit."
He made the Marlins dizzy, too, and helped Ross Detwiler earn his first victory of the year. Harper singled in his first two at-bats, doubled and scored in the sixth inning and drove in Washington's final run by beating out an infield hit.
"I wanted to play," he said. "My team needed me out there. I thought I could help the team win. I didn't really care if I was sick or not."
Harper went 3 for 3 against Ricky Nolasco and improved to 9 for 20 (.450) against the right-hander. Harper hit two solo homers off Nolasco on opening day.
"Now it's to the point where I make good pitches and they're still falling," Nolasco said. "Every time I break his bat or make good pitches, they're still hits."
Detwiler (1-0) allowed one run in seven innings, which actually increased his ERA to 0.90. He left his first two starts with the Nationals ahead 5-1 and 4-1, but both times received no decision.
This time Washington's relievers came through. Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano pitched one perfect inning apiece to close out a seven-hitter.
"We have a great bullpen," Detwiler said. "Nobody wants to face the guys we have coming out of the bullpen, so it's really comforting to see those guys jog out."
Detwiler threw a career-high 107 pitches, almost all of them fastballs.
"He should be 3-0," manager Davey Johnson said. "He has been outstanding."
Kurt Suzuki hit his second home run, tripled and had a sacrifice fly. Adam LaRoche had two hits to improve his average to .195.
The Nationals, who took two of three games from the Marlins, have won only four of 19 series in Miami since the beginning of 2007. This year Washington is 5-1 against the Marlins and has outscored them 29-13.
The Marlins finished a nine-game homestand with the worst record in the majors at 3-12. They're also last in the majors in runs (32) and homers (three).
Giancarlo Stanton sat out for the sixth consecutive game because of a bruised left shoulder, but he's expected to rejoin the lineup Thursday in Cincinnati.
Another bright spot for the Marlins: Announced attendance was 22,302. Despite the team's dismal start, crowds have been larger than many expected in the wake of offseason moves that angered fans.
The Nationals took the lead in the second, when they scored twice. LaRoche and Ian Desmond singled, Roger Bernadina had an RBI groundout and Suzuki followed with a sacrifice fly.
Suzuki homered on a 3-2 pitch leading off the fifth. Harper doubled and scored on LaRoche's single in the sixth to make it 4-1.
"I thought Harper was going to die every time he went up there, and he got another hit," Johnson said. "He didn't have a smile on his face the whole game. But I'll give him off Thursday."
That's because the Nationals have the day off. They open a series at the Mets on Friday.
The Marlins scored a disputed run in the fifth, when Chris Valaika doubled and came home on a two-out single by Donovan Solano . It appeared Suzuki tagged the sliding Valaika just before he touched the plate, and umpire Greg Gibson began to signal out before changing his call to safe.
Johnson briefly argued.
"I said, `You had it right, and then you changed it,"' Johnson said. "We survived it."
NOTES: Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman left in the eighth inning with cramps in his left hamstring but said he expects to play Friday. OF Denard Span missed his second game in a row with the flu but was feeling better. 2B Danny Espinosa remained out with a bruised right hand but is expected to play Friday. ... Marlins SS Adeiny Hechavarria was scratched from the lineup 90 minutes before the game with a sore right elbow and will be further evaluated. Valaika, who replaced Hechavarria, has now started at all four infield positions this month. ... Miami RHP Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) threw 35 pitches in a bullpen session and may pitch a simulated game next week. ... Jayson Werth went hitless and has a career average of .118 (4 for 34) against Nolasco. ... The retractable roof was open for the fifth time in nine games.