Culbreth was suspended for two games by Major League Baseball earlier this season when he incorrectly allowed Astros manager Bo Porter to improperly switch relievers in the middle of an inning. The same umpiring crew that officiated Friday night with him did that game and was subsequently fined.
Turner’s first loss broke a string of six solid starts this season since rejoining the team on May 31. Since then, Turner had gone 2-0 with a 1.76 ERA, allowing eight earned runs in 41 innings — something that hadn’t been done by a pitcher 22 years or younger since former Cubs ace Mark Prior in 2003.
“I don’t really know what the correct ruling would have been,” Turner said. “It seemed foul to me. But that was in the heat of the moment. I was confused as to whether to run or not. I looked at it on video and it was hard to tell. If I get the bunt down, we don’t have any problems.”
Turner’s success has been a welcome development following a spring in which he went 0-3 with a 9.69 ERA leading to his demotion to the minors.
Turner didn’t have a clean 1-2-3 inning until the fourth. His lone blemish following the first three innings was a walk to Adams that was quickly erased when he got Freese to ground into a 5-4-3 double play.
“I think they’re the best-hitting team in the league, and they showed that [Friday night],” Turner said. “I made too many mistakes with two strikes, and they capitalized on those mistakes.”
Morrison’s third home run of the season tied the score at 1 when he got a hold of a sinker from Westbrook and drove it an estimated 440 feet to straightaway center field.