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) -- In their attempt at an unprecedented 14th consecutive interleague win, the Miami Marlins will face a pitcher who's been at his best in recent matchups against NL opponents.
While helping the Texas Rangers avoid a season-high fifth consecutive defeat, Yu Darvish looks to improve to 6-1 lifetime in interleague games and win a career-best fourth consecutive start Wednesday night.
Christian Yelich had a career-high four hits, including a two-run, two-out go-ahead single in the seventh, and finished with four RBIs as Miami (34-30) won 8-5 in Tuesday's series opener. Miami's 13th consecutive interleague win matched the MLB mark set by the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay in 2004.
"It's one of those baseball things you probably can't figure out," manager Mike Redmond said after his team improved to 8-0 against the AL this season. "I'm sure there's probably somebody a lot smarter than me that can figure it out, but we just go out there and try to win a ball game."
As it tries to make history, Miami will also attempt to solve Darvish (6-2, 2.36 ERA). He's 5-1 with a 2.20 ERA and 58 strikeouts in his last six outings, spanning 45 innings, but labored Friday against Cleveland.
Darvish gave up a season high-tying four runs and nine hits - his most allowed in 43 starts - in seven innings. The right-hander, though, earned a 6-4 victory after Michael Choice's go-ahead homer in the seventh.
Darvish had 1.14 ERA in his previous four outings and matched a season high with 12 strikeouts in a 2-0 win in Washington on June 1. He is 3-1 with a 0.31 ERA in his last four interleague starts and a 1.55 ERA in seven overall.
"We'll have our work cut out for us," Redmond told the team's website. "He just has that ability to make guys miss. He throws some offspeed pitches that just seem to float out of the zone. He's been pretty productive. He's one of the best in this game. We'll definitely have a challenge out there."
Darvish is facing the contending Marlins, who have won six of eight overall and nine of 13 on the road, for the first time. Miami trails Atlanta and Washington by one-half game in the NL East.
The Marlins will likely need a better outing from Jacob Turner (2-3, 5.93) if they want to gain sole possession of first place for the first time since May 8. The right-hander has allowed five runs in back-to-back starts and given up four or more in six of eight this season.
Turner, however, got enough support for an 11-6 victory against Tampa Bay on Thursday. He was 0-11 with a 4.09 ERA in his previous 18 road starts and 0-2 with a 4.67 ERA in his first three this season.
Turner is making his first start against Texas (31-34). He had no record and a 2.25 ERA in three interleague starts before beating the Rays.
Texas has dropped 16 of 22 at home, posting a 5.73 ERA in those games - well above its already AL-worst 4.60 overall. The Rangers are playing without first basemen Mitch Moreland and Prince Fielder, but Rougned Odor returned from a sprained right shoulder Tuesday, going 2 for 4 with an RBI single.
Odor, though, also committed an error that led to Yelich's go-ahead single, one of three for Texas.
The Rangers haven't dropped five in a row overall since a season-high, seven-game skid Sept. 9-16.
Updated June 11, 2014