The Florida Marlins continue to lose ground in the NL East standings.
They’ll try to halt that slide on the road Tuesday when they open a nine-game trip and a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park - a venue where they typically struggle.
The Marlins (64-61) held second place in the East and were 1 1/2 games out of first on Aug. 7, but have dropped seven of 10 since to fall to third, four games back of the front-running New York Mets.
Florida, which has not been five games out of first all season, lost to the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs 9-2 on Sunday.
“Its been a tough stretch,” said Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, whose club is batting .215 in its last 10 games. “Everybody goes through it. Well go out on the road and try to turn this thing around.”
Florida plays 15 of its next 21 games away from Dolphin Stadium, beginning the stretch in a ballpark where it has seen limited success.
The Marlins dropped two of three at San Francisco (53-71) last season to fall to 8-17 all-time at AT&T Park - their worst record at any NL park since 2000, when the Giants’ stadium opened.
Florida took two of three at home from the Giants May 23-25, though, behind solid performances from Dan Uggla, who went 4-for-11 with two home runs and five RBIs, and Jorge Cantu, who was 5-for-10 with two homers and four RBIs in the series.
The Giants are opening a nine-game homestand. On its just-completed road trip, San Francisco suffered a four-game sweep at Houston before recovering to win three of four at Atlanta, including a 5-0 victory Monday.
“We’re trying to be consistent,” said Aaron Rowand, who homered and drove in two runs in the finale against the Braves. “We had a tough series in Houston and to come in here and win three of four was pretty good.”
Rowand went 5-for-10 with two home runs and seven RBIs in the three games against the Marlins in May.
San Francisco’s Kevin Correia (2-6, 5.12 ERA) takes the ball seeking his first home win since April 10.
Correia has a 2.84 ERA in his three August starts, but is still seeking his third win of the season. The right-hander allowed four runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings of a 7-4 loss to the Astros on Thursday, when he didn’t factor in the decision.
Correia is 0-1 with a 7.65 ERA in nine career games - two starts - versus the Marlins.
Florida counters with Ricky Nolasco (11-7, 3.88), who can set a new career high in wins.
Nolasco, who leads the Marlins in victories, also won 11 games as a rookie in 2006.
The right-hander was 5-0 with 1.95 ERA in his final seven starts before the All-Star break, but has stumbled to a 1-3 record and a 4.42 ERA in six starts since. The right-hander gave up two runs and 10 hits in six innings of a 6-4 loss to St. Louis on Wednesday. He did not record a decision.