MIAMI (AP) — For the first time in a while, Jacob Turner pitched like the pitcher the Marlins believe he can be. He even got a win for it.
Turner won for the first time in 18 starts, pitching 6 1-3 scoreless innings to help the Miami Marlins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Saturday.
"I hope it reaffirms the fact of how good of stuff that he has and that he can pitch and win at this level," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.
It was the best outing of the season for Turner (1-2). He struck out two and walked one while allowing eight hits. It was only the second time in six starts this season that the 23-year old former first-round draft pick has not allowed at least four runs.
"I feel like I've been pitching well the last three or four times out," Turner said. "The results are the results, but I'm feeling confident out there and I feel like each time out I'm getting better."
Turner's last win was on July 10, 2013, against Atlanta. He had lost nine consecutive decisions.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jeff Baker drove in the runs for the Marlins, who have won three of four.
Steve Cishek recorded the final four outs for his 10th save in 11 chances.
Brewers starter Wily Peralta (4-4) allowed one run and six hits in six innings.
"It was a tough loss," Peralta said. "When you pitch like that you want to win."
Milwaukee's Ryan Braun was in the lineup after missing Friday's game with tightness in his right side and went 1 for 4.
A day after the teams combined for a Marlins Park-record seven home runs, runs were scarce.
"After last night's game where the ball was flying out of here--that's the beauty of baseball, you come out here and it's a 2-1 game, every out is big, every at-bat is a big at-bat," Redmond said.
Carlos Gomez, who had a pair of hits for the Brewers and is 9 for 14 in his last three games, was thrown out at third base to end the sixth inning when trying to advance from first on a base hit by Mark Reynolds. Braun was on his way to score easily from second, but left fielder Christian Yelich's throw to third got Gomez before Braun crossed home plate preserving a 1-0 lead for the Marlins.