LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Jacob Turner allowed one run in four innings to help his chances of earning a spot in the Miami starting rotation, and the Marlins beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 on Thursday.
Turner, who came up through the Tigers organization and was traded to Miami in 2012 for Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez, went 3-8 with a .374 ERA in 20 starts for the Marlins last season. He allowed four hits and walked one in his third and longest start of the spring.
"I had to battle more than I wanted to," Turner said. I got better as the game went on."
Jake Marisnick had two hits, including a double and two RBI for the Marlins.
Drew Smyly started for Detroit and struggled in 3 1-3 innings, allowing three runs while walking two. He allowed eight hits and his spring ERA climbed to 4.76.
"My cutter has kind of been MIA," said Smyly, who is entering the starting rotation after pitching in 63 games as a setup man for the Tigers last season. "I don't know where that went. I'll have to find that. That's the pitch I rely in most. On days when it's not there, it makes it a little more difficult. On days that it is there, it's my go-to. But that's just part of pitching."
Bryan Holaday had both RBIs for the Tigers.
Marlins: Manager Mike Redmond said he was comfortable with Turner's outing. "I had to like what I saw," Redmond said. "He threw strikes."
Tigers: Manager Brad Ausmus said he wasn't too concerned with Smyly's struggles against the Marlins. "He wasn't as sharp as I would have liked but everybody has a start like this once in a while. He's right on course."
Marlins: Infielder Ed Lucas had a tight left hamstring and came out of the game in the fourth inning. He is day to day. Lucas batted .256 in 43 games for the Marlins last season and is fighting for a starting job at second or third base.
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