MIAMI (AP) - Grounders found holes, bloopers dropped, fielders made uncharacteristic mistakes and Eric Stults endured a short, frustrating night.
The San Diego left-hander lasted only 3 2-3 innings Saturday in the Padres' 7-1 loss to the Miami Marlins. The stint was his briefest as a starter since 2009.
Stults (6-6) gave up a season-high six runs, five earned, even though he wasn't hit hard.
``It was just one of those nights where groundballs go through,' manager Bud Black said. ``He has been so consistent, so good, so reliable since he has been here, it was inevitable he'd have a rough game here or there.'
Stults walked only two but threw 75 pitches to get 11 outs. His ERA rose to 3.51.
``It wasn't the way I wanted it to go,' he said. ``I struggled with command of a lot of my pitches. The good pitches I made, they were able to put the barrel on the ball and find some holes.'
Two mistakes by center fielder Alexi Amarista hurt Stults in a three-run first. He broke back on a fly that fell in front of him for a single, and then a single by Marcell Ozuna skipped past him for an error, and two runs scored - one unearned.
``He made a physical error, maybe not playing the ball as fundamental as he should,' Black said. ``That happens.'
San Diego had outscored Miami 20-3 while winning the first four meetings this season. But the Marlins took a 3-0 lead in the first inning and were ahead 6-0 by the fourth.
That was plenty of cushion for Jacob Turner, who pitched a seven-hitter for his first complete game in 19 career starts. The complete game was the first for Miami this year.
The Marlins have the worst record in the major leagues, but they're 14-10 in June, and Turner (2-0) has contributed to the turnaround. Following a dismal spring, he began the season in Triple-A, and since rejoining the Marlins he has an ERA of 1.76 in six starts.
``This is a totally different guy than we saw in spring training,' manager Mike Redmond said. ``He went down to the minor leagues and worked on things he needed to work on and, wow, this guy has come back to the big leagues and has been outstanding.'
Turner's latest start was the best yet. He allowed only one walk - to start the ninth - and threw 111 pitches, 77 for strikes.
``He did a good job of moving the fastball on both sides of the plate,' Black said. ``He had some great movement on the fastball and threw some good breaking balls. He's a fine young pitcher.'
Miami's Giancarlo Stanton hit his eighth home run, Jeff Mathis had two RBIs and Placido Polanco became the 22nd active player to score 1,000 runs.
By the ninth, the only drama was whether Turner would get the complete game. He was still throwing in the low 90s, but he walked the leadoff batter and figured another baserunner would end his night.
``You try not to think about it, but it's going to be there,' said Turner, who acknowledged butterflies at the end. ``I definitely wanted to finish the game.'
First baseman Ed Lucas made a backhanded stab of Will Venable's two-hopper and tossed to Turner covering first for the final out.
Venable tripled in the fifth and scored on Nick Hundley's double. That was the lone run off Turner.
``He didn't throw a whole lot of pitches over the plate,' Venable said. ``He just pitched really well. Give him a lot of credit.'
Notes: RHP Henderson Alvarez, who pitched 7 2-3 scoreless innings in a rehabilitation start Friday for Double-A Jacksonville, will rejoin the Marlins and move into the rotation next week. ... SS Everth Cabrera (strained hamstring) is scheduled to begin a rehabilitation assignment with Single-A Fort Wayne on Tuesday, and he might rejoin the Padres on Thursday. ... Ozuna improved his average with runners in scoring position to .415 (22 for 53). ... The Padres fell to 10-4 in Miami since 2009.
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