Erlin, Denorfia lift Padres to win over Marlins

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 11, 2014 at 8:19 pm •  Published: May 11, 2014
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Padres are on a roll, proving how quick momentum can flip in baseball.

Will Venable homered and San Diego beat the Miami Marlins 5-4 on Sunday for their first three-game winning streak of the season.

This run comes on the heels of Thursday's extra-inning loss, when second baseman Jedd Gyorko's error led to Giancarlo Stanton's home run and a deflating defeat.

Now the Padres hit the road packing along some confidence.

"It's a much better vibe, there's less tension in the clubhouse and in the dugout," Padres manager Bud Black said. "When you don't score there's tension. And it's been released a little bit and the guys are playing a little more relaxed. That is what winning does. When you don't score, things get a little tight."

The surging Padres offense, which has scored 24 runs in the three games, also got two hits and two RBIs from Chris Denorfia.

Robbie Erlin (2-4) scattered five hits in 6 1-3 scoreless innings before giving way to three Padres relievers. Huston Street pitched around a hit and two walks in the ninth to earn his 11th save.

Street handled the middle of the Marlins' order, Stanton and Casey McGehee with caution. He didn't mind putting them on when they didn't offer at border line pitches early in their counts.

"I saw (Jeff) Baker in the hole and while he swung the bat well in series, I felt like once the bases were loaded I got to start attacking," Street said. "You know how you feel and you've seen how guys are hitting and when I fell behind those guys in middle of lineup, you feel like you don't want to give them anything to hit, especially Stanton."

Street retired Baker on a fielder's choice.

"Got to be a little crisis at the end but Huston has proven over the years how to work his way through an inning, how to get an out," Black said. "He always knows who's on deck, who's in the hole and as the inning proceeds, what he has to get done and that is always a good sign of a good closer."

Stanton understood.

"He wasn't going to give me something to hit a homer and go up in the game," he said. "So he was either going to take the corners and if I didn't bite, he was going to let (McGehee) take over."