Marlins 4,Padres 0

Walter Villa, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

MIAMI -- Rookie Jose Fernandez pitched another gem and the Miami Marlins took advantage of a San Diego Padres error in a 4-0 win Monday night at Marlins Park.
Fernandez (5-4) allowed just two hits and one walk in eight shutout innings, tying his season high with 10 strikeouts. The highly-touted 20-year-old lowered his ERA to 2.72.
A.J. Ramos and Steve Cishek pitched the ninth to give Fernandez his second combined shutout of the season. After Ramos allowed two baserunners with two outs, Cishek came on to get Kyle Blanks on a groundout, earning his 15th save of the year.
Fernandez outpitched veteran Jason Marquis (9-4), who was solid except for the four unearned runs he allowed in the sixth inning. Marquis lasted 6 1/3 innings.
The Marlins (30-51), who won a combined total of just 14 games in the first two months of the season, continued their run of solid play. They were 15-10 in June, the fourth-best record in the majors for the month.
Aside from winning six of their past seven games, the Marlins have also won three straight series. That includes taking three out of four from the Padres (40-43).
The Marlins scored four unearned runs in the sixth. Padres shortstop Pedro Ciriaco, who had made two dazzling fielding plays earlier in the game, made a throwing error that allowed leadoff batter Ed Lucas to reach first.
Lucas advanced to second on a walk to Giancarlo Stanton. After Logan Morrison lined out to left, Marcell Ozuna hit a foul pop that Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal -- leaning over his dugout in an attempt to make a play -- missed by about an inch. Given a reprieve, Ozuna looped a run-scoring single just over the head of second baseman Logan Forsythe.
Derek Dietrich was then intentionally walked to load the bases. After a strikeout by Adeiny Hechavarria -- which would have ended the inning if not for the Ciriaco error -- Jeff Mathis stroked a three-run double off the fence in left field.
Mathis' blow came one day after he burned the Padres with a game-winning grand slam in which there was also an intentional walk preceding him.
Neither team scored in the first five innings. The Padres' biggest early threat came in the first, when Carlos Quentin's two-out blast nearly left the park but instead banged off the wall in right field for a double.
The Marlins' best early chance came in the fourth. With one out, Marquis walked two straight batters. But Ciriaco, moving to his right, made a brilliant diving catch on a line drive by Ozuna.
Ciriaco foiled the Marlins again in the fifth. The Marlins started the inning with a line-drive single by Hechavarria, who reached third on a hit-and-run single by Mathis. After Fernandez struck out swinging, Justin Ruggiano hit a slow roller to Ciriaco, who started an inning-ending double play even though he slipped and was almost on the ground when he threw to second base.
NOTES: RHP Henderson Alvarez will come off the disabled list and make his Marlins' debut Thursday in Atlanta. ... Mathis' home run on Sunday was just the fourth game-ending grand slam in Marlins history. The others were by Bobby Bonilla (1997), Dan Uggla (2008) and Stanton (2012). ... Padres' OF Mark Kotsay is the last remaining active player from the Marlins team that won the 1997 World Series. Kotsay was called up from the minors in July of that year and played in 18 games. ... The Padres finished June with a 15-13 record, the identical mark they put up in May. ... Next up for the Marlins is a three-game series at Atlanta. ... Next up for the Padres is a three-game series at Boston. ... Attendance Monday at Marlins Park: 14,669.

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