The Marlins are counting on the righty-lefty combination of Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle to anchor a playoff-contending starting rotation.

So far, not so good, as Buehrle followed Johnson in falling to 0-2 after two starts apiece in a 3-1 loss Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Unlike Johnson, who was rocked in both of his starts, Buehrle pitched well enough to win for the second time.

He started out like the reliable lefty that Marlins acting-manager Joey Cora watched the past eight seasons in Chicago, who gets outs without overpowering anyone.