Error hurts Turner in Marlins' 6-2 loss to Braves

Associated Press Published: September 27, 2012
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ATLANTA (AP) — Ozzie Guillen says right-hander Jacob Turner deserves better support.

The rookie is running out of time to get that help this season.

David Ross and Andrelton Simmons raced home on left fielder Bryan Petersen's costly error, sending the Atlanta Braves to a 6-2 victory over Turner and the Miami Marlins on Thursday night.

Turner (1-4) allowed four runs, two earned, and six hits in six innings. He has a 3.86 ERA in six starts with the Marlins.

"One of these days when this kid pitches we might play better for him," Guillen said. "I hope. Before his career's over.

"The last two outings he's pitched well but I think his teammates let him down. He was one out away from having a very good inning and we didn't do it for him."

The manager said Turner has pitched well since he was acquired by the Marlins in a July 23 trade with Detroit. The Marlins also acquired catcher Rob Brantly and minor league left-hander Brian Flynn in the deal that sent infielder Omar Infante and right-hander Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers.

"I like what I see," Guillen said of Turner. "He throws strikes, he changes speeds, he likes to compete."

Tommy Hanson (13-9) allowed two runs, one earned, and six hits in 5 1-3 innings for his first win since July 30, also against Miami. The right-hander was 0-4 with a 5.06 ERA in his previous seven starts.

"I think I did all right — not good, not bad," Hanson said. "I would have liked to have gone a little deeper."

Atlanta has won five in a row. The Braves, who have clinched at least a wild-card berth, remained four games behind Washington in the NL East.

Hanson, who struck out four and walked two against Miami, likely will have one more regular-season start at Pittsburgh.

"He did OK," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He kept us in the ballgame. He kind of scattered the ball around control-wise."

Miami led 2-0 before the Braves scored four runs in the fourth inning. Dan Uggla and Simmons had run-scoring doubles before Jacob Turner (1-4) walked Jose Constanza to load the bases.

Petersen dropped Martin Prado's sinking liner, allowing Ross and Simmons to score.

Petersen said the ball was "in and out" of his glove.

"It's a ball I have to catch," he said. "There aren't a lot of excuses you can make right there. It's a catchable ball."

Miami has lost seven straight for its longest slide of a disappointing year. The Marlins also were swept by the Mets during an 0-6 road trip.

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