By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns
The Miami Marlins fell to the Minnesota Twins 7-6 at CenturyLink Sports Complex on Thursday afternoon.
Former Sun Jeff Mathis clubbed a three-run homer to give the Marlins a early 3-1 lead as part of a four-run top of the second for the Marlins.
The Twins would battle back and make it a back and forth contest before Miami had a two-run top of the seventh. St. Augustine native Avery Romero tied the game with an RBI single before Jordany Valdespin gave the Marlins a 6-5 lead with an RBI groundout.
The Twins tied the game in the bottom of the seventh before a sacrifice fly in the eighth by Chris Hermann gave Minnesota a 7-6 lead, which would be the final score.
No former Suns pitched in the contest, and former Tennessee Smoky Andrew McKirahan took the loss for Miami.
At the plate, former Suns Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna were both 1-for-3, and aside from Mathis they were the only other Suns to record hits for the Marlins.
Miami starting pitcher Jarred Cosart worked two innings where he allowed three runs (all earned) on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
Tomorrow the Marlins are back in action at home against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium at 1:05 p.m. The Marlins have not announced a starter while the Cardinals will have right-hander Zach Petrick on the hill.