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Marlins 7, Padres 1

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MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins put together a pair of big innings early and took advantage of fielding errors by San Diego Padres outfielders to secure a 7-1 win Saturday night at Marlins Park.

Miami also got a seventh-inning solo home run by Giancarlo Stanton, his eighth of the season, and a stellar pitching performance from Jacob Turner (2-0), who tossed a seven-hitter.

It was the 19th start of Turner's career, and the first complete game for the 22-year-old. He struck out seven and threw 111 pitches.

The Marlins (28-51) are now 14-10 this month. The Padres (40-41), meanwhile, continue to hover around .500, winning five of their past 11 games.

The Marlins scored three runs in the first on a rally started when Justin Ruggiano and Ed Lucas singled. After a fly-out by Stanton, rookie Marcell Ozuna lined a single that scored two runs; center fielder Alexi Amarista watched the one-hopper go through his glove and roll to the wall. Ozuna reached third on the two-base error.

Placido Polanco then was credited with a sacrifice fly when right fielder Will Venable made a diving catch of his drive into foul territory, allowing Ozuna to trot home from third.

The Marlins got three more runs in the fourth. Polanco led off the inning with a walk. After a wild pitch and a single by Derek Dietrich, Polanco scored his 1,000th run on a single by Adeiny Hechavarria. Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin bobbled the ball, allowing Dietrich and Hechavarria to each take an extra base. Jeff Mathis then followed with a two-run single to make it 6-0.

Padres starter Eric Stults, who started Saturday with the 11th-best ERA (2.34) in the majors since May 2, did not survive the inning. In 3 2/3 innings, he gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits and two walks.

The Padres scored in the fifth when Chase Headley tripled over the head of Ozuna in deep center field and came home on a double down the third-base line by Kyle Blanks.

On the next pitch, Blanks killed a potential big inning when he got thrown out at third on an odd play. Turner's pitch got past the catcher, but it bounced back quickly off the back wall, allowing Mathis time to make a strong throw.

NOTES: At Double-A Jacksonville on Friday night, Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez pitched 7 2/3 innings of scoreless ball in his final rehab start. Alvarez will now join the Marlins' rotation, possibly on Wednesday in Atlanta if veteran Ricky Nolasco is traded by then. Alvarez, 23, went 9-14 with a 4.85 ERA last season for Toronto. ... Padres first-round pick Hunter Renfroe, an outfielder from Mississippi State, is the only unsigned pick among San Diego's first 19 selections. ... Ruggiano, who has been in and out of the lineup since straining his left shoulder while making a diving catch in San Francisco last week, started Saturday. Meanwhile, Marlins OF Chris Coghlan, who is on the disabled list with a "right calf nerve irritation," has not yet been cleared to resume baseball activities. ... Padres SS Everth Cabrera, who is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, is expected to return next week for a series against the Red Sox. ... Padres 2B Jedd Gyorko, who is on the disabled list due to a groin injury, felt tightness in his leg earlier this week while trying to stretch a single into a double during a rehab stint at Double-A San Antonio. Gyorko, who has been out since June 10, will be delayed in his return.
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