09/08/12 1:35 PM ET
Running Reyes continues to rack up triples
By Mike Fiammetta / MLB.com
Reyes' first triple came in the fourth inning and drove in Justin Ruggiano to put the Marlins ahead 6-2. His second three-base hit in the 10th scored Ruggiano and Bryan Petersen, giving Miami the go-ahead runs.
"In that situation, maybe I like [triples] better," Reyes said. "The last one was to put my team ahead, and that was good, because it's never easy against the Nationals. They always find a way to fight back. We're just happy with a win."
Reyes is now 5-for-9 in extra innings this season, with a single, a double, two triples and a home run. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last Major League player to have a season with an "extra-inning cycle" was the Cubs' Ryne Sandberg in 1984.
Marlins weighing more pitch counts for Turner
WASHINGTON -- Lost amid the thrill of the Marlins' extra-inning win after blowing a four-run lead on Friday night was the best outing of Jacob Turner's rookie season.
The 21-year-old right-hander tossed six innings of two-run, four-hit ball while striking out three and walking just one. But with a predetermined pitch count falling somewhere between 80 and 85 pitches, Turner's night ended at 81.
Considering the Marlins have the 23rd-ranked bullpen ERA (4.08) in baseball, manager Ozzie Guillen's decision to pull Turner seemed surprising -- especially considering the pitch count wasn't revealed until after the game.
"I felt good, but obviously that's not my decision," Turner said. "I felt like I got stronger as the game went on."
After the game, Guillen said the front office will decide if Turner pitches under a pitch count for the remainder of the season. Acquired from the Tigers in a late-July trade, Turner is the Marlins' third-ranked prospect according to MLB.com, and is considered one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, with a mid-90s sinker and poise on the mound. On the year, Turner is 1-3 with a 6.44 ERA in 29 1/3 innings. With Miami, he is 0-2 with a 5.29 ERA in 17 innings.
"We have to take care of everybody," Guillen said. "That's the reason we tried to stay away from him."
On Friday, the Marlins named outfielder Marcell Ozuna their Minor League Player of the Month and right-hander Jose Fernandez Minor League Pitcher of the Month for August. At Class A Jupiter, Ozuna batted .365 (38-for-104) with eight home runs and 32 RBIs in 27 games last month. Fernandez, also with Jupiter, went 4-0 with an 0.72 ERA over 25 innings and five starts.
After Friday night's 9-7, 10-inning win, the Marlins are 10-3 in extra-inning games. Those 10 wins are a new franchise record.
Mike Fiammetta is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.