For six consecutive starts, Miami’s Tom Koehler managed to control the long ball. Then he faced Toronto’s power-packed batting order.
Koehler gave up three home runs, his first since allowing three in a May 6 start at Washington, and the Blue Jays beat the Marlins 7-2 on Wednesday to extend their winning streak to eight games.
“I didn’t keep it in the ballpark [Wednesday],” Koehler said. “It’s tough to win a game when you give up three homers, no matter who you’re facing.”
Miami was swept for the sixth time this season, and has lost four of five. At 24-36, the Marlins matched a season worst by falling 12 games under .500.
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“You’ve got to put this behind you and get back to winning series,” Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis said.
Ichiro Suzuki tripled home a run in the fifth for the Marlins, and Marcell Ozuna hit a solo homer off Brett Cecil in the ninth.
Koehler (4-4) allowed six runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings and lost for the first time since Bryce Harper took him deep in three consecutive at-bats.
This time, Koehler gave up back-to-back home runs to Justin Smoak and Russell Martin in the fourth, then left after a two-out homer by former Marlin Jose Reyes in the seventh.
Josh Donaldson greeted reliever Sam Dyson with his 17th homer.
“They’re as good a hitting club as we’ve faced,” Marlins manager Dan Jennings said.
Scott Copeland (1-0), a 27-year-old right-hander who made his big-league debut in relief on May 2, won his first major-league start.
“I don’t see how you can do it better than that,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “He definitely opened up everybody’s eyes.”
Starting in place of Aaron Sanchez, who was skipped because of general soreness. Copeland allowed one run and six hits in seven innings, struck out four and walked none. Still, Toronto optioned Copeland back to TripleA Buffalo (New York) after the game.
▪ RHP Mat Latos (left knee) will be activated off the 15-day disabled list Saturday to pitch against Colorado. He will take the rotation spot of Brad Hand.
▪ Giancarlo Stanton batted cleanup Wednesday for the first time this season in a bid to spark Miami’s offense, and went 1 for 4 with a single. The top three hitters in Miami’s order finished 1 for 12 with four strikeouts.
▪ Thursday: Marlins RHP David Phelps (2-3, 4.68 ERA) vs. Rockies LHP Chris Rusin (2-0, 1.45), 7:10 p.m. at Marlins Park.
▪ Friday: Marlins RHP Jose Urena (0-2, 5.49) vs. Rockies RHP Kyle Kendrick (2-7, 6.16), 7:10 p.m. at Marlins Park.