Miami, FL (Sports Network) - The San Diego Padres utilized spacious Marlins
Park to top the Miami Marlins, 9-2, in the opener of a four-game set.
Logan Forsythe led San Diego's offensive barrage. He had three hits including
a two-run home run.
Will Venable knocked in three runs on three hits.
Edinson Volquez (6-6) capitalized on the run support to earn the win. The
right-hander gave up two runs on seven hits and struck out eight in six
The Padres roughed up Ricky Nolasco (4-8) for six runs -- five earned -- on 11
hits in five-plus innings. Eleven of the 19 balls put in play against Nolasco
turned into hits.
Giancarlo Stanton doubled in a run and scored another for Miami, which ended
its three-game winning streak.
Stanton helped give the Marlins the lead in the first inning. He picked up a
two-out single and scored on Logan Morrison's triple.
San Diego tied the game in the second. Chase Headley singled, stole second,
then scored when Venable poked a base hit to center field.
The Padres took the lead in the third after Volquez led off with a base hit.
The next batter, Forsythe, launched a hanging curveball over the left-field
fence, giving the Padres a 3-1 lead.
Stanton made it 3-2 in the bottom of the third when he sliced a double into
right to score Placido Polanco, but that was as close as the Marlins would
San Diego picked up three runs in the sixth to put the game out of reach.
Headley led off with a single and moved to third when Kyle Blanks legged out a
double. Yasmani Grandal dropped a base hit in front of left fielder Juan
Pierre to plate a run. Venable then lined a single to right, the Padres'
fourth straight hit to start the inning, to score Blanks and chase Nolasco
from the game.
Ryan Webb entered and induced a fielder's choice at second base, but Grandal
scored from second, just beating the tag on a controversial call at the plate,
to make the score 6-2.
The Padres picked up a run in the seventh when Alexi Amarista tripled and
scored on a passed ball then capped the scoring with two in the eighth.
Grandal doubled and scored on Venable's single and Venable came home on
Amarista's base hit, making the score 9-2.
San Diego has come from behind in its last eight wins ... The Padres, who
swept a three-game set at home earlier this season, have won all four of their
matchups with Miami this year ... San Diego is 11-6 against the National
League East this season ... Volquez is 5-0 with a 1.95 earned run average
(eight earned runs in 37 innings) in his career against the Marlins ...
Nolasco struck out six and sits at 994 in his career ... Miami had allowed
three or fewer runs in its previous 10 games ... San Diego went 5-for-11 with
runners in scoring position and left seven on base while Miami went 0-for-6
with runners in scoring position and left nine on base.
The Sports Network