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ATL@SF: Vogelsong fans eight over six frames

When the Giants and Marlins wrap up a four-game series Sunday at AT&T Park, Miami's Jacob Turner and San Francisco's Ryan Vogelsong will both try to rebound after their previous starts went south in the sixth inning.

Vogelsong dropped to 1-2 last Tuesday when he gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings of the Giants' 5-0 home loss to the Braves. Vogelsong fanned eight but gave up three runs in the sixth when catcher Buster Posey missed tagging Jason Heyward on what looked like an easy play at the plate.

"I feel like I probably threw the ball better in the first five innings than in the previous three games," Vogelsong said afterward.

In the previous three games, the right-hander was 1-0 with a 0.89 ERA while holding hitters to a paltry .176 batting average.

In 2014, Vogelsong is 1-2 with a 4.22 ERA in 42 2/3 innings.

In his previous start, Turner (0-1, 6.75 ERA) held the Dodgers scoreless for five innings but then unraveled in the sixth, allowing five runs (four earned) after recording the first out of the inning.

Turner, 22, missed most of April after he sprained his right shoulder in batting practice and has just four starts this season.

What's he been working to improve?

"Just being consistent -- especially being on the road when you have the fans into like they do in L.A. and they do here in San Fran, you just got to make sure the big innings don't snowball on you," he said. "Just a matter of slowing the game down a little bit."

Marlins: Still playing well despite setbacks
The Marlins lost 100 games last season. Entering 2014, their roster was still fraught with young players and plenty of question marks. Miami wasn't expected to be a team capable of contending in the National League East. But six weeks into the season, the Marlins are shouldering for position atop the division with Atlanta, Washington and New York.

Even though Miami's road got much tougher when ace Jose Fernandez underwent Tommy John surgery, manager Mike Redmond is confident. He chalked up much of his team's success to the new veteran additions to the clubhouse like Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Casey McGehee.

"We are a much better club than we were last year," Redmond said. "It's a resilient group and it doesn't seem to faze these guys as things pop up along the way -- a tough loss or even losing Jose. We keep playing, guys keep playing, battling and fighting. Someone continues to step up and that's what we need."

Giants: Morse rolling
Is this finally the year Michael Morse can combine stellar power numbers with staying healthy?

So far, the answer has been yes.

In 44 games this season, Morse has 10 home runs, 28 RBIs and a .278/.331/.542 slash line. This after an injury-riddled 2012 season in Washington before going through a similar scenario last season with the Mariners and Orioles.

"I feel good. You always work on things; you're always making adjustments. This game's very humbling," Morse said. "You really just got to take it one day at a time, go out there and do what you do, and when it's over, forget it and go on to the next day."

What's behind the incredible start?

"Health is a huge key. Especially for me. I've been banged up so much during my career. I'm figuring out what it takes to stay on the field."

After beginning the year almost exclusively as a left fielder, Morse has been playing some first base during the last week.

"I like it. For me, it's another way of getting into the lineup. Whatever it takes," he said. "I just have to make sure I have the right glove that day."

Worth noting
• Turner hasn't been credited with a win since last July (16 starts) and is 0-10 with a 3.97 ERA in 17 career road starts. Comments