Desperate for a win, the Marlins hoped newly arrived pitcher Jacob Turner would provide a much-needed spark Friday night to snap Miami’s nine-game losing streak.
Turner came through in a 5-1 win over the New York Mets, pitching seven scoreless innings in his season debut hours after being called up from Triple-A New Orleans.
“Turner did a tremendous job,’’ manager Mike Redmond said. “The things he went down in the minor leagues to work on showed tonight. He pounded the strike zone and really dominated those first six innings.’’
Turner got some help from two players who were expected to stay in the minor leagues this year.
Ed Lucas, a 31-year-old rookie making his first start at shortstop for Miami, drove in the first run of the game in the bottom of the seventh with his first major-league hit, a single off Mets starter Shaun Marcum.
“It was little extra special tonight,’’ Lucas said. “It has been 10 years (waiting in minors) and that has entered my mind plenty of times, but I never stopped hoping. I was glad I was able to fit that one in. Hopefully there’s a lot more to come.’’
Jordan Brown, pinch-hitting for Turner, drove in two runs with a double to left field. Jeff Mathis drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to cap the four-run inning.
“With runners on base, my only thought is to get a pitch up in the zone and stick one in the gap,” Brown said. “If I think about anything other than that, I’m an easy out.’’
Redmond has waited all season to receive clutch hitting from his club.
“When you need a big win, you need guys to step up,’’ Redmond said. “Lucas goes out, makes his first major-league start, gets a big hit and he did his part to help us win. Brownie comes off the bench with a huge hit. That’s what we’re talking about.
“It doesn’t matter who it is to help us win. We just need somebody to step up and get the big hit.’’
Marcell Ozuna went 3-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 16 games, the longest active streak in the majors. His double in the eighth inning scored fellow rookie Derek Dietrich with Miami’s final run.
Miami’s win snapped a five-game Mets winning streak. The Marlins have won just three of their past 19 games going back to May 11.
Turner, 22, had been penciled in to the Marlins’ starting rotation at the start of spring training. But he opened the season at New Orleans after going 0-3 with a 9.69 ERA in 13 innings this spring.
“He’s motivated. He didn’t want to start the year in Triple-A, and why would you?” Redmond said. “I think everyone should play this game with a little bit of a chip on your shoulder. That makes you a better player. He went out there tonight to prove something, and he did that. He showed he belonged here.’’
Turner was in control all night. He allowed two bases runners, singles, in the first four innings.
“I feel like I’ve been throwing the ball similar to this in Triple-A,” Turner said. “It was just a matter of making the adjustments I needed to make to get everything right.’’
Turner, a 2009 first-round pick for the Detroit Tigers, went 1-4 with a 3.38 ERA in seven starts for the Marlins after being acquired in July and called up in late August.
He must’ve wondered if the Marlins would ever score a run for him. Miami had the bases loaded in the fifth inning with one out when Mathis bounced into a double play. Mathis has bounced into three doubles plays this year, each time with the bases loaded.