Marlins falter on road again, lose to Padres 9-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 11, 2014 at 1:09 am •  Published: May 11, 2014
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Miami Marlins were hoping get on a roll on the road coming off the most successful homestand in franchise history.

It's not working out that way.

With Chase Headley hitting a three-run homer in his return to the lineup and Seth Smith driving in four runs, the San Diego Padres soundly beat the Marlins for a second straight game, 9-3 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 break the game open with a 6-2 lead.

Smith later added a two-run double in the seventh as the Marlins' road record dropped to 3-12, worst in the majors.

And Miami is only three games (1-2) into its 11-game road swing, its longest of the season.

"We just got to figure this thing out," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "We've got to come out there (Sunday) and find a way to get a big win, whether it is a great pitching performance or a big hit or a few big hits."

San Diego, which entered averaging a major league-low 2.8 runs per game, was coming off its highest scoring output since Sept. 25, a 10-1 win over Miami on Friday.

The 19 combined runs were the most San Diego scored in consecutive games since Sept. 5-6, 2012.

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.

Eric Stults (2-3) allowed two runs on six hits over six innings.

Casey McGehee hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the Marlins.

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.

Marmol intentionally walked Smith, who had an RBI triple in the first and hit a solo homer in the third. Jedd Gyorko followed with an RBI single.