The Miami Marlins' starting pitching has been outstanding of late.
Jacob Turner will try to continue that run Saturday night against the Cleveland Indians as the Marlins go for a season-high fourth consecutive victory.
With rookie All-Star Jose Fernandez striking out a career-best 14, which also tied for second-most in franchise history, Miami (43-65) beat Cleveland 10-0 on Friday for its eighth win in 12 games.
The Indians (60-49) entered the contest averaging 6.7 runs during a season-best eight-game win streak.
Marlins starters have surrendered two runs or fewer in 14 of 17 games.
"(Fernandez) was on a mission," manager Mike Redmond said. "He went out against a great lineup and really just dominated."
Miami's last four-game winning streak was also its last 4-0 run at home, June 27-July 1, 2012.
After surrendering three runs in 6 1-3 innings in Monday's 6-5 loss to the New York Mets, Turner is 3-0 with a 2.23 ERA in five outings in Miami since being called up in late May.
The young right-hander was denied the victory as the bullpen failed to hold a 5-3 lead, but he didn't sound like he was even deserving of a win.
"There were times I felt I had the ability to throw the pitch where I needed to and there were times when I felt like it wasn't there at all," said Turner, who has given up more than three earned runs once in 11 starts. "It's kind of frustrating."
His 2.97 run-support average in July had to be, too.
Turner (3-3, 2.65 ERA) will get his first look at the Indians, who have dropped seven of nine as the visitor.
Cleveland will try to correct its road woes before hosting AL Central-leading Detroit for four games starting Monday. The Indians fell three back of the Tigers, who opened their weekend series with Friday's 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Cleveland will look to bounce back with Zach McAllister (4-6, 3.48) toeing the rubber. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA in two starts since missing seven weeks with a sprained right middle finger. He threw seven innings of two-run ball in Monday's 3-2 victory over the White Sox.
McAllister, who's lost his last three decisions, has yet to face the Marlins.
Logan Morrison could be a tough out if he's swinging the bat like he did Friday. The first baseman had four of the Marlins' 16 hits, the club's most since June 9, and drove in four runs.
Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and rookies Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick each had as many hits (three) as Cleveland did, and Miami scored its most runs since an 11-6 win over the Mets on June 2.
"Unfortunately for us, that's as good a start as I think we've seen all year," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Fernandez.
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