Marlins 10, Padres 0
MIAMI (AP)—The Florida Marlins know what they need to do to win the NL wild card.
“These are games we have to win and we went out there and took care of business,” said Juan Pierre, who had two of the Marlins’ 13 hits.
With the win, the Marlins remained a half-game behind Philadelphia, winners over St. Louis on Friday, in the NL wild-card race.
Lowell drove in three runs to give him a career-best 101 RBIs. He knows the goal is to take the Marlins to their first postseason since winning the 1997 World Series.
“A win is a win, whether it is with a home run or up by 10,” Lowell said. “We are playing well. Our pitching has given us the confidence, even when we haven’t produced offensively.”
Penny (11-9) took advantage of the run support, with one of his best outings of the season. He allowed five hits and struck out seven.
“It was nice to have a good outing against them,” Penny said. “They hit a lot of balls hard but fortunately, they were right at people. There were a lot of good defensive plays tonight.”
Lowell’s third RBI—a sacrifice fly—scored Pierre in a four-run seventh inning.
The Marlins built a 5-0 lead with two runs in the fifth on Ivan Rodriguez’s RBI single and Lowell’s sacrifice fly.
Rodriguez’s sharp grounder bounced off Padres starter Oliver Perez’s left forearm into right field, scoring Pierre, who led off the inning with a single and advanced on a balk. Perez (4-6) was immediately removed and later diagnosed with a left wrist contusion. He is day to day.
Castillo, who reached on a walk, moved to third on Rodriguez’s hit and scored on Lowell’s deep fly to left.
Perez, celebrating his 22nd birthday, allowed five runs and struck out six in four-plus innings.
“I wasn’t comfortable throwing my slider tonight,” Perez said. “I was leaving it over the plate and they hit it.”
Lowell’s 32nd home run with two out in the third gave the Marlins a 3-0 lead.
Cabrera put the Marlins ahead 2-0 with a his eighth homer leading off the second.
Castillo’s double in the first inning followed Pierre’s leadoff double to give Florida a 1-0 lead.
The Padres had runners on second and third with no outs in the third after Dave Hansen’s leadoff single and Miguel Ojeda’s double. But Penny struck out Perez and Ramon Vazquez and retired Mark Kotsay on a groundout.
“We could have gotten back into it at that point,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. “That hurt.”
Penny continued his dominance in night games. The win against the Padres improved Penny’s record to 11-3 at night. … Lowell is second on the Marlins’ single-season home run list. Lowell was tied with Preston Wilson, who hit 31 in 2000. Gary Sheffield holds the record with 42 home runs in 1996. … Mark Loretta extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single to lead off the fourth. …Through his last three starts Perez has 30 strikeouts in 17innings.