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SAN DIEGO -- Will Venable homered and drove in three runs to lead the San Diego Padres to a 5-1 victory over the Miami Marlins before 16,263 fans at Petco Park on Tuesday night.

Left-hander Eric Stults (3-2) gave the Padres another strong outing on the mound, one night after Andrew Cashner and reliever Dale Thayer blanked the Marlins on four hits. Stults gave up a run on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out four and walking two before giving way to Thayer with one out in the seventh.

Thayer, Luke Gregerson and Anthony Bass combined to pitch a hitless 2 2/3 innings to seal the win.

San Diego native Alex Sanabia (2-5), pitching for the first time at Petco in front of friends and family, allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. He left with tightness in his right groin after striking out Yonder Alonso with one out in the fifth.

Sanabia will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

Chase Headley, who went 2-for-4, extended his hitting streak to 12 games, while Jedd Gyorko, who went 1-for-2 with two walks, singled in the second inning, the 12th consecutive game he's recorded a hit at Petco.

The Padres, though, had their string of stolen bases halted when Headley was caught stealing in the fifth. It ended a run of 19 stolen bases in a row.

San Diego (15-18) captured its 10th win in its last 13 games and handed the Marlins (10-24) their second straight defeat.

San Diego scored a run in the first on Yonder Alonso's sacrifice fly to left, scoring Everth Cabrera, with two outs.

In the second, Will Venable followed Gyorko's single with a two-run shot to right with no outs for a 3-0 Padres lead. Venable, as well as Marlins right-fielder Marcell Ozuna, lost the ball in the twilight. Venable practically stopped running at first base, apparently believing he had flied out to Ozuna, but the roar of the crowd told him otherwise.

The Padres got another run in the inning when Cabrera singled home Alexi Amarista, who doubled, to make the score 4-0.

Ozuna, who had a six-game hitting streak snapped in Monday's 5-0 loss at San Diego, started another streak with an RBI double to right with two outs to score Matt Diaz to cut the deficit to 4-1.

NOTES: The Marlins placed infielder Donovan Solano on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left intercostal. Infielder Nick Green was promoted from Triple-A New Orleans to replace Solano. Also, pitcher Henderson Alvarez was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. ... San Diego infielder Logan Forsythe, who hasn't played this season because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot, will start running Wednesday. ... Alonso and Cabrera have played in all 33 of the Padres' games.
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