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Noesi allows homer in 1-0 loss to Padres

Associated Press Modified: June 14, 2012 at 1:47 am •  Published: June 14, 2012
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SEATTLE (AP) — For the third time in two nights, Justin Smoak launched a drive into one of the gaps at Safeco Field.

His fly ball to deep right-center field in the sixth inning Wednesday night was caught on the warning track by San Diego outfielder Cameron Maybin, a distant out like Smoak's two fly balls were a night earlier.

Smoak slammed down his helmet in frustration after rounding first base, wrapping up how the Mariners' offense feels at home as of late.

Jason Marquis and three relievers combined on an eight-hitter in a 1-0 victory Wednesday night. The Mariners have scored just two runs off San Diego starters while dropping the first two games of the interleague series.

"It's no secret, we've shown what we are capable of doing on the road," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "We've got to work and help these guys get over the hump at home."

The Padres' lone run was a seventh-inning homer by Yonder Alonso.

Marquis (1-1) allowed six hits, walked four and struck out four.

"If you were to script out a Jason Marquis game, that's what it would look like," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Fastballs both sides of the plate. A good split-fingered pitch, a good slider. Knew how to work his way through a lineup."

Marquis started the season on the bereavement list after his daughter was seriously injured in an accident. The Minnesota Twins designated him for assignment May 22, two days after he allowed eight runs in 1? innings against Milwaukee.

He hopes to repay San Diego for the chance it is giving him.

"I'm excited about the opportunity. I'm going to come here and try to bring some veteran knowledge," Marquis said. "At the same time, I feel I have a lot left in the tank to be a successful major league pitcher."

Alonso hit his second homer of the season — and seventh of his career — on the first pitch of the seventh inning from starter Hector Noesi.

Noesi (2-7) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings. He had allowed 12 earned runs in his previous two outings combined.

"I tried to keep my pitches down 0-2, because, before, I leave pitches up 0-2," Noesi said. "Tonight, I throw all my pitches down (with two strikes)."

Marquis left with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh after a walk to John Jaso, a single by Casper Wells and an error by Alonso at first base when he dropped a routine throw from second baseman Alexi Amarista.

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