As tough as they've been to beat at home, the Marlins have experienced a complete reversal on the road. Kicking off an 11-game road trip against the Padres on Thursday, they are 2-10 away from Marlins Park.
"That's going to change as the season goes," manager Mike Redmond said. "We've had some rough road games and some rough road losses. But I'm excited going on the road with the way we're playing now, and see how we do. We're going to the West Coast without a day off, and playing some good teams. It's going to be a challenge for us."
Jacob Turner looks to kick off the road trip on the right foot. This will be the right-hander's third start, and he has yet to be involved in a decision. He'll look to improve the Marlins' road ERA of 4.66.
In his last outing, Turner gave up six earned runs in four innings against the Dodgers. Miami rallied to tie the game, but ended up losing, 9-7, in 11 innings.
"It's disappointing. I feel like I let the team down," Turner said after his start against the Dodgers. "These guys are battling their butts off. I've just got to execute better."
Ian Kennedy (2-4) draws the start for San Diego. He allowed 11 hits and three runs in five innings, and yielded a lot of hard contact in a loss to the Diamondbacks on May 3.
"It could have been better. I was falling being guys and felt like it was a constant battle the whole game," said Kennedy, who's worked six or more innings in five of his first seven starts this season.
The 29-year-old right-hander is holding left-handed batters to a .182 average, fifth-lowest among qualifying starters.
Kennedy last faced the Marlins in Miami -- a win on April 6 -- and held them to one run and three hits in six innings.
Marlins: California dreaming for Yelich
Christian Yelich, a native of Thousand Oaks, Calif., will be making his first West Coast trip as a big leaguer. When Miami called the 22-year-old up last season, it was in late July, after the team had gone to California.
Yelich grew up 40 minutes from Dodger Stadium, and attended numerous games in Los Angeles. Coming out of high school, he even had a workout at Dodger Stadium. The first leg of the 11-game road trip will be at San Diego.
"I've never played at Petco," Yelich said. "I know they have the Aflac Game at Petco. I was never cool enough to be selected to the Aflac All-American Game in high school. So I've never played there."
The Marlins start off at San Diego for four games, then play three at Dodger Stadium before capping the trip with four games at San Francisco.
"I've never played in any of the three parks," Yelich said.
Padres: Padres promote Ambriz, Peterson optioned
Prior to Wednesday's 8-0 loss to the Royals, right-hander Hector Ambriz was recalled from Triple-A El Paso and infielder Jace Peterson was optioned to El Paso.
Peterson, the Padres' No. 7 prospect, according to MLB.com, was hitting .174 with a .208 on-base percentage and no homers or RBIs in 24 plate appearances over 10 games. At the time of his callup a couple of weeks ago, Peterson had played only 17 games above the Class A level.
As for Ambriz, 29, he was 1-0 with a 1.62 ERA in 14 relief appearances for El Paso. He has appeared in 95 Major League games over parts of three seasons with the Indians and Astros, going 3-7 with a 5.37 ERA.
Ambriz made his Padres debut with two innings in relief during Wednesday's 8-0 loss to the Royals. Ambriz allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits with two walks and one strikeout of Billy Butler in the eighth.
• Giancarlo Stanton went 4-for-13 (.308) vs. the Padres in the three-game series at Marlins Park earlier in the season. The slugger added a home run and five RBIs.
• Padres third baseman Chase Headley is expected to be activated from the disabled list (right calf) on Saturday.
• The Padres have played 24 games decided by two or fewer runs, most in the Majors.
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.