After Marlins starter Adam Conley was roughed up for seven runs in the fifth inning of Tuesday night’s loss to the Tigers, the last thing manager Don Mattingly needed was a short outing from Wednesday’s starter, Tom Koehler.
But that’s exactly what he got.
Koehler gave up five runs on eight hits in a 10-3 loss to the Tigers. He lasted only three innings and threw 90 pitches.
“I’m disappointed,” Mattingly said. “[Tuesday night] we had chances all over the place, we don’t get it done early and then they jump us and we’re kind of done. And then today, we get behind early and get back in it, and just don’t do anything with that.”
Koehler threw 46 pitches — including 33 to get his first out — to nine Tigers batters in the bottom of the first.
“I don’t know if I really got settled, unfortunately,” Koehler said of his four-run first inning. “They’re a quality lineup. They found some holes early that really made me work and got my pitch count up.”
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After Miguel Cabrera sent a 3-2 offering from right-hander Dustin McGowan 459 feet over the wall in left-center field in the bottom of the fourth — his second home run of the series — the Marlins gave up back-to-back homers to Steven Moya and former Marlin Jarrod Saltalamacchia to start the fifth, which increased the Tigers’ lead to 8-2.
Ichiro Suzuki struck out to start the game before the Marlins (41-37) got back-to-back singles from Martin Prado and Christian Yelich. But they were unable to capitalize as Tigers lefty Daniel Norris struck out the side.
Norris went five innings, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out a career-high eight and walking one.
The Marlins got two runs back in the top of the second. After Derek Dietrich drew a one-out walk, Adeiny Hechavarria — who was 8 for his past 26 going into Wednesday’s game — tripled him in. After a Jeff Mathis strikeout, Ichiro singled in Hechavarria to make it 4-2. But Yelich struck out — the fifth of the game for Norris — to end the threat.
“At that point, we were back in the game,” Mattingly said. “We needed some hits, but the bats got sloppy.”
Cabrera added to the Tigers’ lead in the bottom of the second with an RBI single up the middle, scoring Ian Kinsler, who doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on a sacrifice by Cameron Maybin.
After Koehler’s 26-pitch second inning, the Tigers (40-38) were up 5-2.
“Really, from that point, it was just damage control,” he said.
In the bottom of the sixth, Hechavarria helped by robbing Cabrera with a leaping grab for the first out of the inning.
Chris Johnson drove in Prado with two outs in the top of the seventh, making it 8-3.
Ichiro had two hits, bringing him to 2,988 — 12 short of 3,000 in his major-league career.
Koehler said the Marlins would put this series behind them, as they continue their trip Thursday night in Atlanta.
“It’s just one that I want to move on from,” he said. “I’ve been throwing the ball really well. We’ve been playing really good baseball. The last two days just got away from us, but we’ve got a big road trip still. We can’t sit here and feel sorry for ourselves. We can leave these last two days in Detroit and move on.”