Koehler gives up 3 homers, but arm feels good

Koehler gives up 3 homers, but arm feels good

VIERA, Fla. -- Even though the windy conditions on Sunday afternoon at Space Coast Stadium favored the hitters, Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler did not want to make any excuses.

The Marlins and Nationals combined for seven home runs in Washington's 11-7 victory on Sunday, three of which came off Koehler. Overall, he gave up six runs on 10 hits in four innings.

"Obviously, I would like the results to be better, but they're not," Koehler said. "The only thing I can do right now is mentally prepare myself for when these games really mean something."

Koehler had not allowed a homer all spring until the first batter he faced Sunday, Nats outfielder Michael Taylor, who hit one to center field. Two batters later, Bryce Harper belted a two-run shot.Wilson Ramos added a solo homer in the third inning.

In his four Grapefruit League starts, Koehler has allowed 14 earned runs and 27 hits in 18 innings. He struggled to keep his fastball down in the zone against the Nats.

"[Koehler is] strong, maybe a little too strong, at times," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "And sometimes he tends to overthrow the ball."

The one positive Koehler could take away was how good he felt after the start. He threw a spring-high 89 pitches, but said his arm felt strong enough to throw 100 or 120 pitches.

"Obviously, I'm not sitting here all smiles and giggling with you guys, because [I don't like] the results, but you got to understand, thats why it's Spring Training," Koehler said. "Working on stuff, so when April 6 hits, you're ready to go."

Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.