SAN DIEGO (AP) — The major league's worst offense appears to have woken up.
Chase Headley returned to the lineup with a three-run homer and Seth Smith drove in four runs as the San Diego Padres' resurgence at the plate continued with a 9-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.
Headley, who came off the 15-day disabled list before the game, connected on a 2-2 fastball from Carlos Marmol (0-3) to cap a four-run sixth inning and give the Padres a 6-2 lead.
"It's huge to have a couple of wins where you're not stressed about it," Smith said. "You get some runs early, the pitchers are doing well. Just mentally you can kind of cruise to the end. It's huge for your psyche, just for your mental state."
San Diego, which came in averaging a major league-low 2.8 runs per game, was coming off a 10-1 win over Miami on Friday, its highest scoring output since Sept. 25.
Smith hit a solo homer, a two-run double and an RBI triple for the Padres, who matched Friday night's total of 13 hits.
Another thing that was good for the Padres' mental state was the return of Headley, back after recovering from a strained right calf.
"It's awesome," Headley said. "It really felt like I was swinging at the pitches that I wanted to early in the game. I put together a bunch of good at-bats to lead up to it (homer). It felt great."
The 19 combined runs were the most San Diego scored in consecutive games since Sept. 5-6, 2012.
"Those two guys hitting right there in the middle of the lineup was production at its finest," Padres manager Bud Black said.
Smith has been one of the few Padres who has consistently hit this season. Since May 3, the lefty is batting .577 (15 for 26) with six doubles, three triples, a home run and six RBIs.
"Guys are starting to settle down a little bit and have some good at-bats," Headley said. "When you do that as a club, it puts pressure on the pitcher."
With the score tied at 2, Marmol relieved Nathan Eovaldi in the sixth and got two quick outs. But Everth Cabrera reached on an infield bunt, stole second and went to third on catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia's throwing error.