Dodgers-Marlins Preview

The Associated Press

Should Jacob Turner require a great deal of run support as he rejoins the Miami rotation, his timing couldn't have been much better.

Turner returns from the disabled list Saturday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers as the hot-hitting Marlins try for an eighth straight home victory.

Miami's winning streak is the longest ever at Marlins Park and the franchise's best since an eight-game run from June 20-July 1, 2009. The Marlins are a major league-best 13-4 at home and a league-worst 2-10 on the road.

After sweeping Atlanta to begin a nine-game homestand, Miami (15-14) won its fourth straight Friday by handing the Dodgers a 6-3 defeat. The Marlins have scored 29 runs while hitting .355 in the four-game span and are now after their first five-game winning streak since stringing seven together from May 1-7, 2012.

"It's a big team win," Friday's starter Tom Koehler said. "It's good to keep the momentum on our side while we're playing at home."

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia remained hot, clubbing a second-inning home run on a 2-for-3 night - his 29th birthday - to boost his average to .458 during a seven-game hitting streak with four home runs and nine runs scored.

Marlins starters have a 1.61 ERA on the winning streak while holding opponents to a .167 average.

Turner (0-0, 7.50 ERA), though, has had a long time to think about his poor first start. After surrendering five runs on eight hits in six innings an 8-5 loss to Colorado on April 3, he landed on the DL because of a right shoulder sprain suffered while taking batting practice.

The right-hander didn't fare well in his only career start against the Dodgers (17-13), yielding four runs on 10 hits and five walks in five innings without a decision in a 6-4 loss Aug. 20.

He made two rehab starts with Single-A Jupiter, and on Monday pitched seven innings of one-run ball.

"I felt good," Turner told the team's official website. "The ball was coming out fine. Most importantly, I was able to get up and down seven times. That's probably the most important thing I was able to take away from it. I feel like I'm ready to compete."

He'll face Paul Maholm (1-2, 4.74 ERA), who had his best start of the season his last time out. The left-hander threw just 84 pitches over seven innings last Saturday as he allowed two runs to pick up his first win in a 6-3 victory over Colorado.

"I felt way more rhythm today than in any other outing," Maholm told the team's official website. "I think the more work I have, I'm getting my mechanics back to where they need to be."

It was his third straight start after bouncing between the bullpen and rotation to start the season, but Maholm continues to start with Clayton Kershaw working his way back and Hyun-Jin Ryu now on the 15-day disabled list.

Over the last two seasons, Maholm is 3-1 with a 1.94 ERA and .188 opponents' batting average in five starts against the Marlins.

He'll now try to get the Dodgers back on track after their three-game winning streak came to an end. They started a nine-game trip by sweeping Minnesota, and after Friday's loss, they're 11-4 on the road.

Right fielder Yasiel Puig is 9 for 17 in the last four games.

Shortstop Hanley Ramirez went 0 for 4 Friday and is a .238 hitter against his former team.

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