Marlins 3, Padres 1

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MIAMI (AP)—Mike Lowell has had quite a turnaround against the San Diego Padres.

Lowell hit two home runs Friday night in the Florida Marlins’ 3-1 win over the Padres. Last season, he had four home runs and 11 RBIs against San Diego.

“That’s the team I hit worst my first three or four years in the big leagues,” Lowell said. “I know one year I went 0-for-25 against them.”

Lowell led off the second inning with a drive that traveled an estimated 402 feet into the left-field stands. His ninth homer of the season was a liner leading off the fourth that barely cleared the 330-foot marker in the left-field corner.

“He did it all out there,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. “It was Lowell 2, Padres 1.”

Carl Pavano (3-1) gave up the lone run on four hits in eight sharp innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out three.

The Padres had two players ejected, including starting pitcher Jake Peavy after he hit Pavano with a pitch with two outs in the seventh inning.

After striking out the first two batters of the seventh, Peavy (2-2) hit Pavano with the first pitch of his at-bat. Home plate umpire Doug Eddings immediately tossed Peavy and went to restrain Pavano who threw his helmet to the ground on his way first base.

“He felt he needed to throw me out, that’s his call,” said Peavy, who gave up two runs in 6 2-3 innings, striking out eight. “Obviously I was disappointed I was thrown out of the ballgame, but I thought for the most part I threw the ball like I wanted to throw it.

“I just made a bad pitch to Lowell and you gotta tip your hat. The guy is an All-Star and you make bad pitches, that’s what good hitters do with them.”

Peavy would not answer reporters’ questions whether he hit Pavano on purpose.

“I have no comment on the pitch,” he said.

Pavano was unfazed by being hit by Peavy.

“We won tonight and that’s all that matters to me,” he said. “He can hit me in the head next time as long was we win the ballgame.”

An inning earlier, Pavano hit Brian Giles on the bill of his helmet as Giles spun out of the way from a pitch. A shaken Giles was attended to at home plate, but eventually took his base, stole second and advanced to third on catcher Ramon Castro’s errant throw.

But the inning ended when Phil Nevin was called out on strikes and thrown out of the game after slamming his helmet to the ground in an argument with Eddings.

Nevin said he has “been struggling a lot and sometimes things can boil over a little bit. That’s basically what it was—I didn’t think it was a strike, I reacted pretty strongly, said what I had to say and got off the field.”

Padres manager Bruce Bochy said the called third-strike was “a tough call that didn’t go our way.”

“Bottom line is that we got shut down,” he said. “(Pavano) pitched well against us, and our guy pitched well too, but we came up short.”

Jay Payton singled in the fifth inning and scored the Padres’ run on Ramon Vazquez’s grounder to second. Vazquez beat out the relay on a double-play attempt to allow the run to score.

Armando Benitez pitched the ninth for his 12th save.

Hee-Seop Choi drove in the Marlins’ final run in the eighth inning on hisfirst career triple.

Notes

Juan Pierre’s single in the fifth inning extended his hitting streak to eight games. … Brian Buchanan took over at first base for Nevin and RHP Antonio Osuna replaced Peavy after the two ejections. … Katrina Campins, who starred on NBC’s “The Apprentice,” threw out the ceremonial first pitch to World Series MVP Josh Beckett. Campins, a South Florida native, said she took delight in cheering for the Marlins as they beat the Yankees when the show wasbeing taped in New York last fall. “People were not a fan of me,” she said.

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