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Punchless Padres lose to Fernandez, Marlins 5-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 5, 2014 at 10:24 pm •  Published: April 5, 2014

MIAMI (AP) — The punchless Padres reached a new low Saturday. For the first time this season, they were shut out.

San Diego managed only five hits, went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position and lost to the Miami Marlins 5-0.

The Padres have scored eight runs this season, worst in the majors. They've lost four in a row since a win on opening day.

"Collectively as a group, we're not swinging the bats well," manager Bud Black said. "We are in a team-wide situation that we're not swinging. We don't have one guy that's swinging the bat well."

Chase Headley is batting .105, Jedd Gyorko is at .111, Will Venable is at .176 and Yonder Alonso is at .200. The team batting average is .185, and with runners in scoring position it's .108 (4 for 37).

"It's five games over the course of 162. It's a small sample," Headley said. "We need a couple of balls to drop in holes for us and guys start feeling good about themselves. One or two big hits, and this is going the right way."

Jose Fernandez (2-0) struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings while lowering his ERA to 0.71. He allowed three hits and two walks, and three relievers followed.

Andrew Cashner (0-1) allowed two runs in six innings.

"Cash hung in there," Black said. "I thought he threw the ball well — good velocity, good movement, good changeup. But their guy out-pitched us."

San Diego's best threat against Fernandez came when he walked two to load the bases with the score 0-0 in the third, but he escaped when Seth Smith hit into an inning-ending double play.

"Seth's an aggressive hitter," Black said. "He was going after a strike. It was a changeup. I liked the aggressive swing there. That was an opportunity there to get us on the board. It didn't happen."

The Marlins improved to 5-1, their best start since 2009. Last year their fifth victory came in their 21st game, and they finished with 100 losses.

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