The Miami Marlins completed an interleague sweep of the Houston Astros on Sunday with a 4-2 win.
Miami has now won four straight and seven of eight. With the victory, the Marlins stand at 51-53 on the year and could potentially become buyers at the upcoming trade deadline. Miami remains in third place in the National League East trailing the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves.
Jacob Turner continued to turn his season around with another solid effort. The 23-year old went 5.2 innings and struck out four while only walking one. Turner gave up a run while scattering six hits to Houston.
After spending some of the season in the bullpen, Turner has looked good in recent outings and should have a strong hold on his spot in the starting rotation for the foreseeable future. The right-hander is now 4-6 on the season with a 5.69 E.R.A
Dan Jennings, Chris Hatcher and Bryan Morris all came out of the bullpen with scoreless efforts building a bridge to closer Steve Cishek. In the ninth, Cishek picked up his 26th save of the year but did allow a solo home run.
Garrett Jones hit his 11th home run in the first inning in what was a three-run inning for Miami. Later in the game, Marcell Ozuna hit his 16th blast of the year to extend the lead for the Marlins.
A day after hitting his first home run of the season, Jordany Valdespin tripled for the first time as a Marlin in this one. Valdespin also brought home a run and scored another of his own. The versatile player is batting .250 since joining the big league team.
It was not such a good day for Giancarlo Stanton as he went 0-4 with four strikeouts. The Marlins' slugger has had a tough July slashing only .224/.341/.342 in the month.
The Marlins will travel home and begin a series with the Nationals on Monday. The scheduled starter for Miami is Nathan Eovaldi.