MIAMI -- The reason baseball managers and executives say they can never have a surplus of pitching was on display Sunday at Marlins Park.
A rocky outing by Jacob Turner in a 7-3 loss to the Reds underscored why the Miami Marlins made the trade-deadline deal to acquire Jarred Cosart.
Despite two consecutive promising starts, Turner was supposed to return to a relief role with the arrival of Cosart. A shoulder injury to Henderson Alvarez thrust Turner back in the spotlight Sunday.
Turner failed as a stand-in for the Marlins' All-Star pitcher, getting hammered for five runs and nine hits in four innings as the Reds won their third out of four in the series.
"I just couldn't locate the fastball," he said. "I wasn't able to get ahead of really anybody. When you're pitching from behind you've really got to make quality pitches, and I just didn't do that today."
It would have been worse if not for a spectacular full-extension grab in the right-field corner by Giancarlo Stanton that saved a couple of runs in the second inning. But Turner was unable to take advantage of the fielding gem as he gave up a two-out, run-scoring single to the next hitter, Zack Cozart.
Four of the runs off Turner came on two-out hits. Ryan Ludwick's RBI double capped a two-run third inning. Marcell Ozuna threw out Jay Bruce trying to reach third on Todd Frazier's single to end the fourth, but Billy Hamilton had already crossed the plate as the Reds pushed the advantage to 5-0.
Turner (4-7) departed for a pinch hitter having given up solid singles to the last three hitters he faced.
The right-hander, who has struggled to perform consistently since being acquired in a trade with Detroit in August 2012, was coming off back-to-back wins for the first time in his career. He didn't last to the sixth inning in either game, but allowed only three runs in 10 2/3 innings in winning at Atlanta and Houston.
Turner began Sunday 1-3 with a 6.46 ERA this season at Marlins Park. He did nothing to impress fan or beast among a Bark at the Park crowd of 26,707, including 575 dogs. His pitches had no bite, and the Reds squared them up for hits in every inning he pitched.
They also exploited Turner's move to the plate for three stolen bases, and all of those runners scored.
"He missed his spots by a good margin. When you do that against major league hitters, they make you pay," manager Mike Redmond said. "He had a tough time holding runners on base too, so it was kind of perfect storm out there."
Meanwhile, the Marlins continued a dismal trend at the plate, managing only three hits in six innings against Mike Leake (9-9). The Reds right-hander struggled with command, walking four and throwing only 59 of 102 pitches for strikes. But the Marlins didn't take advantage.
Miami, which concluded a 3-4 homestand, scored eight runs in the series while batting .192 (24-for-125).
"They were all pretty much on their game. Even though we had chances they still made pitches when they had to," Casey McGehee said of the Reds starters. "If we want to stay in this thing and make a run at it, we're going to have to figure out a way to beat pitchers when they're on their game. We weren't able to do that this series."
Trailing 3-0, the Marlins had a chance to make a game of it in the third, but came up empty after loading the bases with no outs. Even an error by Leake and a failed challenge of a safe call at first by Cincinnati manager Bryan Price went for naught.
Jordany Valdespin bounced into a force at home and just beat the throw to first, though it took 2 minutes, 17 seconds for the replay crew in New York to uphold the call. That kept the bases loaded, but Leake struck out Stanton and got McGehee on a weak bouncer to second.
Stanton had a streak of extra-base hits in five consecutive games end as he struck out four times. He slammed the bat down in disgust after his third whiff ended the fifth.
It was the second time Stanton has worn the so-called Golden Sombrero (four strikeouts in four at-bats) in a week and the third in less than a month.
Jeff Mathis, who sparked the winning rally in the 10th inning Saturday, got the Marlins on the board with a two-out single in the fourth and also had a double. Garrett Jones added a two-run homer in the eighth.
After playing 17 consecutive days since the All-Star break, the Marlins get a day off before beginning a six-game trip Tuesday to Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Redmond said he hasn't decided if Turner will remain in the rotation.
"Hopefully the next opportunity he gets he'll be able to get it going. We all understand there's good stuff in there, and we've all seen it," Redmond said.
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