Padres 6, Mariners 1

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SEATTLE -- The San Diego Padres' bats came alive just in time for them to get out of town.

In the final game of a two-game series before the two teams play again in San Diego on Wednesday night, the Padres got nine hits, two home runs and a solid start from veteran Edinson Volquez on the way to a 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners.

Rookie Jedd Gyorko hit his sixth home run of the month, and Alexi Amarista also homered for the Padres, who had just four hits in a 9-0 loss to Seattle one day earlier. Mark Kotsay drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the sixth.

San Diego (23-28) tagged Mariners starter Brandon Maurer for nine hits and six runs -- five earned -- in 5 2/3 innings.

Volquez had his longest outing of the season, going 7 2/3 innings while allowing just one run and four hits. He threw a season-high 105 pitches before coming out of the game after a two-out single by Seattle's Kyle Seager in the eighth.

Volquez got help from two putouts at home plate -- one on a bases-loaded grounder in the second, and then on a relay throw from shortstop Everth Cabrera to gun down the Mariners' Michael Morse as he tried to score from first on a Michael Saunders double in the fourth.

Morse was injured on the play, suffering a strained right quadriceps that forced him to come out of the game. He's listed as day-to-day.

Gyorko, a 24-year-old rookie who didn't hit his first career home run until May 1, now has six homers this month. He's the fourth San Diego rookie to hit six home runs in a month and the first to do it in the month of May.

He gave the Padres their first lead with a two-out, two-run homer in the fourth inning. That put San Diego ahead 2-1, and by the sixth inning the lead had swelled to 6-1. The Padres went down 1-2-3 in each of the final three innings.

It marked the ninth loss in 11 games for Seattle (22-30).

Volquez had some control issues in the second inning, when he gave up a single and back-to-back walks to load the bases with no one out. He ended up allowing just one run, on a Jesus Sucre sacrifice fly, that put Seattle ahead 1-0.

The Padres got their first two runs on a Gyorko homer in the fourth. That came after Carlos Quentin kept the inning alive with some nifty base-running to avoid an inning-ending double play. Quentin was on first base when Yasmani Grandal hit a one-out groundball toward second base. Quentin stopped midway between first and second, forcing a throw to first, then barely beat the throw back to second base.

Gyorko then homered to left field, giving San Diego a 2-1 lead.

The Mariners had a chance to tie the score in the bottom of that inning, when Saunders followed a Morse single with a deep drive into the gap in left-center field. Morse was easily thrown out trying to score -- he then came out of the game with a right quad injury -- while Saunders was credited with a double despite ending up at third base. Volquez struck out Nick Franklin looking to end the inning.

Alexi Amarista added a solo home run with two outs in the top of the fifth, giving San Diego a 3-1 lead. It was Amarista's fourth home run of the year and the 10th allowed by Seattle starter Brandon Maurer.

NOTES: Grandal was in the lineup Tuesday, when he was reinstated after serving a 50-game suspension for violating the league's joint drug prevention and treatment program. To make room on the roster for Grandal, the Padres optioned C John Baker to Class AAA Tucson and designated injured IF Edinson Rincon for assignment. ... Gyorko's fourth-inning home run was his sixth this month, setting a Padres rookie record for homers in the month of May. Gyorko joins Nate Colbert (Sept. 1969), Benito Santiago (Aug. 1987) and Will Venable (Aug. 2009) as the only Padres rookies to hit six home runs in any month. ... Seattle 1B Justin Smoak missed his third consecutive game due to an oblique strain. ... Mariners 2B Nick Franklin, a top prospect who made his major-league debut Monday afternoon, was in the lineup for Tuesday's game. ... With his infield single in the second inning, Mariners DH Kendrys Morales has now hit safely in eight consecutive games.
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