Miami sends Koehler to the mound Wednesday as it hosts the Minnesota Twins , whose recently hot offense was quieted in Tuesday's series opener.
The eight-start winless streak by Koehler (1-5, 4.65 ERA) was the third-longest to begin a Marlins career. He put it to rest in a 2-1 victory at San Francisco on Thursday, allowing one run over seven innings of three-hit ball.
"Other than the day I met my wife, this is probably the happiest moment of my life. Definitely the happiest baseball moment," said Koehler, who turns 27 on Saturday.
"It definitely didn't weigh on my confidence, but to say I didn't think about it would be a lie," said Koehler, who allowed a career-worst nine runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings against St. Louis in his previous start. "Every time I went out there I wanted to win the game. I was wondering what it would take to do it."
Marcell Ozuna , whose two-run single in the eighth inning Thursday helped Koehler secure his win, also drove in two runs in a 4-2 victory Tuesday. The rookie outfielder is 21 for 48 (.438) with runners in scoring position.
"He's put together a lot of great at-bats, big at-bats, and he did again tonight," manager Mike Redmond said of Ozuna, who has eight RBIs over his last five games.
The Twins (34-39) scored 43 runs while going 5-3 from June 15-23, tied for the fifth-most in baseball during that stretch, before struggling Tuesday as they were held to one extra-base hit.
Joe Mauer didn't cool off, though, going 2 for 4 and now batting .419 during a seven-game hitting streak. He's hit .462 in his last seven interleague games and .375 in six career matchups with the Marlins.
Minnesota scheduled starter Scott Diamond (5-6, 5.27) has had a particularly tough time against NL competition this season, going 0-2 with a 9.22 ERA in three starts and yielding 26 hits in 13 2-3 innings.
He's given up 13 earned runs over 15 innings in his last three starts on the road, where he began the season 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA.
The left-hander earned just his second win in eight starts Thursday in an 8-4 home victory over the White Sox. He gave up four runs, with three earned all coming in the sixth of a 5 1-3-innings effort.
Diamond has failed to finish the sixth inning in seven of his last eight starts.
"Overall, I'm pretty happy with the way it went," Diamond told the team's official website. "The numbers don't look the best, but I'm happy with how I progressed through the game."
Logan Morrison was 2 for 4 on Tuesday, his fifth two-hit performance through 11 games since returning from knee surgery.
The Marlins are 2-8 in interleague play this year.
|June 19, 2013||Mike Pelfrey||15-Day DL||Back strain|
|June 11, 2013||Jared Burton||Day-to-Day||Groin injury|
|June 10, 2013||Aaron Hicks||15-Day DL||Left hamstring strain|
|June 01, 2013||Justin Morneau||Day-to-Day||Illness|
|May 29, 2013||Trevor Plouffe||15-Day DL||Strained left calf|
|May 29, 2013||Trevor Plouffe||15-Day DL||Strained left calf|
|June 25, 2013||Justin Ruggiano||Day-to-Day||Sore left shoulder|
|June 09, 2013||Chris Coghlan||15-Day DL||Right calf irritation|
|June 09, 2013||Casey Kotchman||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|May 27, 2013||Alex Sanabia||15-Day DL||Right groin discomfort|
|May 19, 2013||Matt Diaz||15-Day DL||Left knee bone contusion|
|May 08, 2013||Chris Valaika||15-Day DL||Fractured left wrist|
MIAMI (AP) -- 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.
NOTES: Miami has allowed three runs or fewer in 10 consecutive games, going 7-3. ... Diamond's single in the sixth was only the second in 33 at-bats for Minnesota pitchers in the last two seasons. ... Mauer has a .429 (12 for 28) average against the Marlins. ... Marlins top prospect OF Christian Yelich will play for Team USA in the 2013 All-Star Futures Game. Minnesota prospects OF Byron Buxton (Team USA) and 3B Miguel Sano (World Team) have also been selected to play in the game. ... Minnesota will return home for a four-game series against Kansas City beginning on Thursday and will send RHP Samuel Deduno (3-2, 3.72 ERA) to the mound against RHP Jeremy Guthrie (7-5, 4.20 ERA). Miami has a day off before a four-game series against San Diego. RHP Ricky Nolasco (4-7, 3.68 ERA) is Friday's scheduled starter.