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Willis tosses Marlins past Padres with five-hit shutout

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- Dontrelle Willis needed only one hour, 55 minutes to pitch his fifth shutout of the season, which made it a long night for San Diego.

With a five-hitter and a two-run double, Willis helped the Florida Marlins beat the Padres 6-0 on Wednesday night.

The Marlins shook a hitting slump and scored all their runs in the first two innings against Woody Williams. Carlos Delgado hit his 23rd home run, Florida's third in the past 12 games.

Willis (16-8) struck out three, walked one and benefited from three double plays. He threw 109 pitches on an 89-degree night.

"He's as good as anybody," San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. "We aren't the first team he has shut out this year."

Willis leads the major leagues in shutouts and is tied with St. Louis' Chris Carpenter for the most complete games with six. Only Carpenter (17-4) has more wins.

The Marlins' high-kicking left-hander has allowed only two earned runs in 37 innings over his past five starts, an ERA of 0.49.

"The guy has been one of the best pitchers in the league," manager Jack McKeon said. "He loves to compete and loves to play the game. He kept his pitches to a minimum, and as usual he comes up with a key hit that breaks the game open. He's the whole package."

Willis said his double was a bigger thrill than the shutout. He lined a hanging curve over the shortstop's head to put Florida ahead 4-0 in the second inning.

"I'm just swinging," said Willis, who's batting .239. "To be able to get a big hit and put that much pressure on the pitcher is key."

Florida trails NL wild-card leaders Houston and Philadelphia by 1½ games. San Diego fell a game below .500 but remained atop the NL West -- the latest a division leader has had a losing record.

Losing for the first time in five games against Florida this year, the Padres had a tough night all around. Second baseman Mark Loretta fell catching a routine popup in short right field. Miguel Olivo lined out to Willis, then angrily snapped the bat in two over his thigh.

"It was cracked a little bit" by the liner, Olivo said. "I just finished it. It's hard when you're hitting the ball well and the hits don't come."

San Diego did not have a runner reach second base until Damian Jackson doubled with one out in the ninth. Eric Young popped out to end the game.

"I definitely wanted to get that guy," Willis said. "I definitely didn't want to get pulled with two outs."

Williams (6-9) settled down after his rough start and retired the final 10 batters he faced. He pitched five innings and allowed six hits before departing for a pinch hitter.

The Marlins came into the game having scored nine runs in the past five games, and after the early outburst, Padres pitchers retired the final 19 batters.

"Does a 6 1/3-inning no-hitter count?" Williams joked.

Florida had five extra base hits in the first two innings even without Luis Castillo, sidelined by a sore hamstring, and Miguel Cabrera, rested due to a slump.

Florida scored with two outs in the first when Jeff Conine walked and Delgado homered.

Paul Lo Duca led off the second with a single. Following a forceout, Alex Gonzalez doubled, and Willis' double made it 4-0. Juan Pierre hit an RBI triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Damion Easley.

"We got some big hits," Delgado said. "That's what we haven't been doing, and I'm as guilty as anybody."

Notes

  • Florida has won nine of the last 11 games against the Padres at home.
  • Because of injuries, the Marlins have put their eight opening-day regulars on the field together only once since July 22.
  • Pierre is 12-for-25 (.480) lifetime against Williams.
  • The victory was the shortest nine-inning game for Florida since Sept. 25, 2004.
 
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Dontrelle Willis needs only one hour and 55 minutes to dispose of the Padres with a five-hit shutout. (AP)
Dontrelle Willis needs only one hour and 55 minutes to dispose of the Padres with a five-hit shutout. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

C. Delgado
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Florida

D. Willis
IP 9.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 3
 

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San Diego Padres
Damian Jackson, CF4010000 .273
Joe Randa, 3B4010001 .277
Eric Young, LF4010002 .274
Brian Giles, RF3000021 .286
Mark Loretta, 2B2000100 .284
Xavier Nady, 1B3000001 .263
Miguel Olivo, C2010000 .186
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
   a- Robert Fick, PH1010000 .313
    Chris Hammond, P0000000 .000
Wilson Valdez, SS3000002 .191
Woody Williams, P1000010 .219
   b- David Ross, PH-C2000000 .227
Totals29050137 
a-singled for Seanez in the 8th
b-flied out for Williams in the 6th
Batting
2B - Damian Jackson (7, Willis)
Team LOB - 3
San Diego Padres
Woody Williams (L,6-9) 5666141 5.17
Rudy Seanez 2000020 2.81
Chris Hammond 1000000 2.76
Pitches-Strikes - Woody Williams 83-55, Rudy Seanez 20-14, Chris Hammond 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Woody Williams 6-5, Rudy Seanez 1-3, Chris Hammond 1-2
Batters Faced - Woody Williams 22, Rudy Seanez 6, Chris Hammond 3
Florida Marlins
Juan Pierre, CF4111000 .262
Damion Easley, 2B3001010 .221
Jeff Conine, LF3110100 .308
Carlos Delgado, 1B4112011 .292
Juan Encarnacion, RF3000010 .294
Paul Lo Duca, C3010000 .306
Mike Lowell, 3B3100011 .235
Alex Gonzalez, SS3110000 .271
Dontrelle Willis, P3112020 .239
Totals29666162 
Batting
2B - Jeff Conine (13, Williams), Alex Gonzalez (25, Williams), Dontrelle Willis (2, Williams)
3B - Juan Pierre (11, Williams)
HR - Carlos Delgado (23, Williams)
SF - Damion Easley (4)
RBI - Juan Pierre (32), Damion Easley (26), Carlos Delgado 2 (80), Dontrelle Willis 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Delgado 2 (33)
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
DP - A. Gonzalez-Easley-Delgado, A. Gonzalez-Easley-Delgado, Lowell-Easley-Delgado
Florida Marlins
Dontrelle Willis (W,16-8) 9500130 2.64
Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 108-68
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 11-10
Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 30
Game Information
Attendance - 22914
Game Time - 1:55
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Bruce Froemming, Third Base - Jerry Meals