Miami Marlins at Texas Rangers
- With its 4-3 victory over the Cubs on Sunday, Miami avoided a sweep in its weekend series at Wrigley Field, and won for the fifth time in the last seven games overall. The Marlins are 14-8 (.636) in one-run games this season -- second best in MLB (Padres are 13-7, .650).
- The Rangers lost, 17-7, at home to the Indians last night, and have dropped three straight games (all to Cleveland) by a combined score of 28-12. Texas is just 6-14 in its last 20 games at Rangers Ballpark -- the second worst home mark of any MLB team since April 28.
- These clubs last met in 2011 with the Marlins taking two of three from the Rangers in Arlington. Miami is 4-2 in six all-time games vs. Texas at Rangers Ballpark (also won two of three in 2003).
- Tom Koehler went 5.0 innings and allowed three runs (all earned) last Wednesday in Tampa, beating the Rays and snapping his personal two-game losing streak in the process. Tonight marks Koehler's first career appearance vs. the Rangers.
- Colby Lewis allowed five runs (all earned) in 5.0 innings last Thursday vs. the Orioles, garnering a no-decision in the contest. Lewis (1-2, 6.85 ERA in his last four starts overall) will be making his first career appearance against the Marlins tonight.
- Miami is 7-0 during interleague play this season -- best of any team in the majors. In fact, dating to August 13, 2013, the Marlins have won 12 straight games vs. American League teams overall -- one shy of tying the Yankees (2003-2004) and Rays (2004) for the longest interleague win streaks all-time.
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By ALAN FERGUSON
(AP) -- The Miami Marlins had been very good on the road lately until their most recent series.
The Texas Rangers have been awful at home for quite a while now.
The Marlins seek their ninth win in 13 road games Tuesday night as they open a two-game set against the injury-plagued Rangers, who haven't won a series at home in nearly two months.
After winning four in a row, Miami (33-30) dropped two of three at Wrigley Field this weekend and avoided the sweep with a 4-3 victory over the last-place Cubs on Sunday. A wild pitch in the eighth inning allowed Giancarlo Stanton to score the go-ahead run.
Before that trip to Chicago, the Marlins had not lost any of their previous three series on the road.
They'll try for a better performance against a Texas team that's lost 15 of 21 home games - without a series victory - since winning five straight April 15-19. The pitching staff has a 5.76 ERA during that slump in Arlington after the Rangers (31-33) were outscored 28-12 in three consecutive losses to Cleveland, including a 17-7 defeat Monday.
Colby Lewis (4-4, 5.77 ERA) has played a role in those struggles at home, where he's 0-2 with a 10.43 ERA in his last three starts. He's also 0-3 with a 12.83 ERA in his last three interleague outings.
The right-hander has given up at least five runs in three of his past four starts overall and has an 8.44 ERA in the last two. He's never faced the Marlins.
Miami's Tom Koehler (5-5, 3.33), meanwhile, is seeking a third straight road win. After throwing seven scoreless innings in a win at San Francisco on May 17, he wasn't as good Wednesday but beat Tampa Bay. The right-hander gave up three runs over five innings in a 5-4 victory but yielded a pair of homers and walked four.
Manager Mike Redmond, though, has seen plenty of improvement already this year.
"He's capable of shutting the other guys down for seven innings and give you a great chance to win. I think he's done a great job going from last year to this point," Redmond told the team's website.
Koehler will make his first appearance against the Rangers in the Marlins' first matchup with them since taking two of three in Arlington from July 1-3, 2011.
Texas lost another first baseman this week with Mitch Moreland deciding to undergo surgery on his left ankle. Prince Fielder is expected to sit out this season while recovering from last month's neck surgery.
Rookie second baseman Rougned Odor is day-to-day with a sprained right shoulder and did not play in Monday's drubbing, Texas' seventh loss in 10 games.
"He can hit, but we're going to keep him from throwing for a day or so," manager Ron Washington told the team's website Monday, even though Odor insisted, "I'm ready. There's no problem."
Texas' Alex Rios, batting .421 in his last 19 games, is hitting .400 in his last nine against the Marlins. He's 1 for 3 against Koehler.
Updated June 10, 2014