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Jacob Turner has successful return to rotation as Marlins rock Mike Minor, beat Braves 6-5
ATLANTA - Jacob Turner is sticking in Miami's rotation for at least one more start.
Turner allowed two runs in his first start in six weeks and the Marlins knocked Mike Minor out of the game early in their 6-5 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.
Turner (3-6) made his return to the rotation after eight relief appearances and performed just as manager Mike Redmond hoped. Turner gave up four hits in five innings.
"That was great," Redmond said. "We talked before the game about him stepping up and getting another opportunity to go into the rotation and he did exactly that."
A key for Turner was the first inning, when he loaded the bases but allowed only one run. He ended the inning when Evan Gattis hit into a double play.
"Being able to get out of that with just one run was huge," Turner said.
The Braves' only other run off Turner came on Justin Upton's third-inning homer.
Donovan Solano had a career-high four hits and also reached on a walk as Miami took its second straight win over Atlanta to open the four-game series. Christian Yelich had two hits and scored three runs.
Steve Cishek pitched around Chris Johnson's leadoff single in the ninth to earn his 23rd save.
Pinch-runner Jordan Schafer was caught stealing before Cishek struck out Andrelton Simmons and pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit.
Minor (3-6) was rocked in his shortest start of the season, giving up six runs on 10 hits and two walks in three-plus innings.
Minor said he felt strong but "way rustier tonight."
"And that's not an excuse, either," Minor said. "I felt good."
Minor said he threw "pretty good" in the bullpen before the game. "Then I got out there and I just wasn't throwing to the corners," he said.
"It was one of those games I felt like I was trying to aim the ball a little bit."
Miami led 6-2 before its bullpen gave up three runs in the eighth, including Jason Heyward's two-run single. Heyward drove in three runs with two hits.
The Braves began the night one game behind first-place Washington in the NL East.
Turner made his first start since a loss at Texas on June 11. He struck out the side in the fourth as he earned his first win since June 5.
"He gave us five innings," Redmond said. "We didn't want to push him too much considering he's been in the bullpen for a while."
The Braves enjoyed a promising start off Turner. B.J. Upton led off the first with a double before Turner loaded the bases with two one-out walks. Heyward's single to centre drove in Upton before Gattis hit into a double play to end the inning.
Like Turner, Minor allowed only one run in the first inning after the Marlins loaded the bases with no outs. He gave up three runs in the third and was pulled after giving up three straight hits to open the fourth. The left-hander has allowed 10 or more hits seven times in five seasons, including five times this year.
Giancarlo Stanton had a run-scoring double and Jeff Baker drove in a run with a single in the Marlins' three-run third. Turner opened the fourth with a double off Minor and scored on Yelich's single. After Solano's double left runners on second and third, David Hale replaced Minor and gave up Marcel Ozuna's run-scoring groundout for a 6-2 lead.
Minor's ERA rose to 5.32 as he allowed six runs for the second straight start.
Following Upton's 18th homer with two outs in the third, the Braves didn't have another hit until Tommy La Stella's eight-inning single off Mike Dunn drove in Tyler Pastornicky, who walked as a pinch-hitter.
Bryan Morris replaced Dunn and gave up Heyward's two-run single, trimming Miami's lead to 6-5.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman leaned over the rolled-up tarp to reach into the stands and catch Baker's foul popup in the ninth.
NOTES: The Marlins lead the season series 6-5. ... Gattis was 0 for 4 in his second straight start since coming off the 15-day DL. ... Braves RHP Ervin Santana will make his third start of the year against Miami when he faces RHP Nathan Eovaldi Wednesday night. Santana is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in his first two starts against the Marlins.
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