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Kennedy homers but Padres lose to Marlins in 11

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 9, 2014 at 2:41 am •  Published: May 9, 2014
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The only thing that kept the San Diego Padres from getting shut out was pitcher Ian Kennedy's first career home run.

It was another long ball, however, that grabbed everyone's attention Thursday night.

Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run drive in the 11th inning and the surprising Miami Marlins earned a rare road win, beating San Diego 3-1 for their fifth straight victory.

Stanton lined an 0-2 pitch from Dale Thayer (2-1) to right-center, a rocket shot that cleared the fence in a hurry at spacious Petco Park. Stanton leads the NL with 11 home runs and tops the majors with 40 RBIs.

"We just got the wrong guy to the plate at the wrong time and he squared a pitch up," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Not many guys can put the ball where he put it with that pitch."

Kennedy was so crisp on the mound through the middle of the game that it appeared his home run might be enough for the offensively challenged Padres.

Stanton, though, connected after Derek Dietrich reached on a two-out error by second baseman Jedd Gyorko.

"It was an easy play," Gyorko said. "It's got to be made every single time. It's unacceptable. It's bad. It pretty much cost us the game, so it's one of those things that's going to be tough to swallow."

Coming off an 8-1 homestand, the Marlins (20-15) took over sole possession of first place in the NL East for the first time since April 26, 2011. The last time they were five games over .500 was at 31-26 on June 7, 2012, according to STATS.

Miami improved to 3-10 away from home, the worst road record in the majors, by taking the opener of an 11-game West Coast trip. They did it despite being held to five hits by four Padres pitchers and striking out 17 times.

Kennedy tied his career high with 12 strikeouts for the Padres, who have lost seven of nine. They played extra innings for the third time in four games.

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