Marin crushed it for six innings — striking out 11 and walking none — and the Elizabethton Twins worked their way to a 4-2 win over Pulaski in an Appalachian League game Monday night at Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark.
The Twins (27-25) moved into a first-place tie with Johnson City (27-25) in the West Division.
Elizabethton plays host to Pulaski again on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
In his last 16 innings of work, Marin had allowed 19 hits with 11 walks while getting toasted for 17 earned runs. But he did have 25 strikeouts in that stretch, and everything came together for a vast departure from those outings.
The 21-year-old from Venezuela threw 55 of his 80 pitches for strikes and improved his record to 2-2 on the season.
THE BIG BLOW
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning, Ruben Santana drew a two-out walk. Charles Mack singled, and Matt Wallner drove in a run with a double.
That brought Phillips to the plate, and he connected over the left-center field fence for a three-run blow to put the Twins up, 4-1.
ESCAPING MAJOR DAMAGE
Pulaski got closer in the top of the eighth inning on a strikeout-wild pitch that allowed Jake Ferrell to score, leaving runners on the corners. But Twins’ pitcher Frandy Torres struck out Ryder Green, and Chad Bell lined out to end the threat.
Torres closed things out in the ninth inning to earn his second save of the year.
AT THE PLATE
Max Smith and Charles Mack each had two hits for the Twins.
Ryder Green, a product of Knox Karns, had two hits for the Yankees.