Padres 1, Marlins 0

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres are warmer than San Diego -- and that's saying something.
Continuing their trend of hot play, the Padres ran their winning streak to four with a 1-0 triumph over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday before a matinee crowd of 16,730 at Petco Park.
Behind the stellar pitching of Jason Marquis, the Padres swept the Marlins to complete a 5-1 home stand.
Few teams in baseball are playing at the Padres' pace, as they won for 11th time in 14 games. The Padres started the season 5-15, but righted the ship and remain above the last-place Dodgers in the National League West.
The Padres' offense certainly didn't match the pitching of Marquis, or the defense of shortstop Everth Cabrera and Will Venable -- both made impressive plays. But Yonder Alonso's sixth-inning sacrifice fly, which scored Venable, was enough for Marquis (4-2) to outlast Ricky Nolasco (2-4).
Marquis went eight innings in winning for the second straight time and producing his fifth quality start, which leads the staff. He allowed five hits and one walk and struck out three while keeping the Marlins at bay with a steady mix of fast balls and off speed offerings.
Huston Street retired the side in order in the ninth to pick up his eighth save and second of the home stand.
Marquis extended a run of solid pitching by the Padres' starters, an area which was among the team's early season shortcomings. The Padres have four quality starts in a row, and six in their last seven games.
In the Miami series, the Marlins managed but one run on 17 hits in their three games against the Padres.
The Marlins got to Marquis in the third inning, with a single from Derek Dietrich, his first Major-League hit, and a double by Miguel Olivo. Pitcher Ricky Nolasco's weak grounder to third baseman Chase Headley wasn't enough to chase home Dietrich.
Marquis loaded the bases by walking Juan Pierre and wiggled free thanks to some nifty glove work. Adeiny Hechavarria sent a shot up the middle that might have resulted in two runs. But Marquis knocked the ball down, retrieved it in time to retire Dietrich at the plate, which led to catcher Nick Hundley completing the inning-ending double play with his relay to first baseman Alonso.
The Padres' initial threat also died, this one coming in the first inning.
With two outs, Headley had a hustle-double to right field and Carlos Quentin was then hit by a pitch. But Alonso chased a high pitch for strike three, leaving two aboard.
The Padres were quiet until the sixth, when Venable reached on a one-out single that ricocheted off Nolasco and just eluded the glove of a diving Dietrich. That brought Headley to the plate, and he dumped a flare into right field, with Venable only reaching second as he had to hold up until the ball dropped in front of Marcell Ozuna.
With two on, it was a perfect time for the struggling Quentin to snap his 0-for-19 skid. Quentin worked the count full, before walking and turning the bases-loaded situation over to Alonso.
He came through with a medium-range fly ball to left, and considering Pierre's below-average arm, Venable scored easily on the tag. But the Padres would get no more, as Jedd Gyorko followed with a ground ball to third to end the inning.
The Marlins got off the mat the following inning, as Justin Ruggiano produced a two-out single, which was followed by another single by Greg Dobbs. With activity in the Padres' bullpen, the veteran Marquis started the rookie Dietrich off with two fast balls in the 80s, then went soft. Marquis got Dietrich to swing at a change-up outside the zone to end a rare Marlins threat.
NOTES -- Headley extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a double off the glove of Marlins 1B Greg Dobbs in the first-inning. It's the second-longest streak of Headley's career; his longest is 16 games in 2011. ... When Pierre was caught attempting to steal in the first inning, it snapped his streak of nine straight stolen bases. ... For Marquis, it was his longest outing (eight innings) since he shut out the Pirates on Aug. 11. ... Wednesday marked the Padres' third sweep of the season. ... The Marlins head to Dodger Stadium, where they have played pretty well of late, winning 12 of their past 20. They open a three-game series there on Friday. ... The Padres begin interleague play on Friday, facing the Rays in Tampa for a three-game set before wrapping up the trip with two contests in Baltimore.

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