The most surprising facet of Jacob Turner’s outing Saturday wasn’t that he went the distance to beat the San Diego Padres. It was what the unassuming Turner said to his manager immediately after the 7-1 Marlins’ win.

“He said, ‘That’s how you do it, Red,’” manager Mike Redmond said. “I laughed. I wasn’t expecting that out of him, but I loved it.”

The same Turner who couldn’t find the plate in spring training and started the year in the minors gave the Marlins plenty to love about his first career complete game. He had never gone more than 7 2/3 innings in any of his first 18 career starts, but Turner comfortably negotiated the Padres’ lineup for 27 outs.

Turner (2-0) allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out seven during the 111-pitch effort.

“This is a different guy, a totally different guy than we saw in spring training” Redmond said. “This doesn’t happen too many times nowadays where a guy has enough pitches to be able to finish the game.”

The complete game was the club’s first this season and first since Ricky Nolasco went the distance against the Nationals last Sept. 9. Nolasco had accounted for each of the Marlins’ last three complete games. The only other starters with one to their credit in 2012 were Mark Buehrle (May 5) and Carlos Zambrano (May 7).

Since 2011, only six different pitchers have completed a game for the Marlins. In addition to Turner and the aforementioned three, Anibal Sanchez and Javier Vazquez combined for five complete games two seasons ago.