San Diego at Florida

San Diego
W: T. Tankersley (1-0) L: S. Linebrink (1-1)
S: H. Owens (4)
HR: SD - None   FLA - J. Willingham (5), J. Borchard (4)

Consecutive homers in eighth lift Marlins over Padres

CBS wire reports

MIAMI -- Trailing by a run in the eighth inning, the Florida Marlins summoned their secret weapon: the long ball.

Josh Willingham and Joe Borchard hit consecutive home runs to start the inning, and the slugging Marlins beat the San Diego Padres 5-4 Friday night.

"We kind of stole it from them, I guess," Willingham said.

Built on pitching and playing in a pitcher's park, the Marlins hardly have a reputation as a big-swinging team. But they began the weekend leading the majors in runs and third in homers.

Seven Marlins are on pace to hit at least 18 home runs.

"It's throughout the lineup," Willingham said. "That's what we need to do to be successful as a team."

The back-to-back homers -- the first this season by Florida -- came off Scott Linebrink (1-1), who entered the game with a 4-3 lead. Willingham hit his fifth homer on Linebrink's first pitch.

"You don't usually get ambushed like that with the first pitch of the inning," Linebrink said. "It was a fastball away, and I threw it right where I wanted to."

The tie score brought a roar from the crowd of 24,691. There was excitement in the Marlins' dugout, too.

"Everybody was looking for that spark, and Hammer was able to deliver it," Borchard said.

The cheers had barely subsided when Borchard hit a 1-2 slider for his fourth homer to put the Marlins ahead.

"In that situation, you really try to calm yourself down and get a pitch to hit," Borchard said.

San Diego's Greg Maddux pitched six innings and departed for a pinch hitter leading 4-3, but was denied his 336th career victory. He gave up sharp singles to the Marlins' first three batters and allowed two runs in the first.

"It would be better to have better first innings," Maddux said. "But give them credit. They didn't miss any mistakes tonight. They might have taken one or two, but when they swung, they hit it pretty good."

Florida's Dontrelle Willis failed in his bid to become the National League's first six-game winner. He took a one-hitter and a 3-0 lead into the sixth, but the Padres rallied with four runs in the inning. Mike Cameron's bases-loaded triple put San Diego ahead.

Willis gave up four runs in six innings, hiking his ERA to 5.44. He was in the clubhouse lifting weights when his team rallied in the eighth.

"Awesome," he said. "It's bigger than the home runs. It's showing poise, which is tough to get from a young team. I'm proud of the way we came back."

Taylor Tankersley (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the Marlins. Henry Owens followed with a perfect ninth for his fourth save in as many chances.

Florida's Hanley Ramirez went 4-for-5 to tie a career high for hits. His average rose to .350.

Ramirez, Dan Uggla and Miguel Cabrera singled to start the first for a 1-0 Florida lead. Uggla scored on Willingham's groundout.

Ramirez made it 3-0 in the fifth when he singled, stole second, took third on a flyout and came home on Mike Jacobs' single.


Marlins OF Eric Reed was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque after the game. ... Announced attendance included 635 dogs admitted to the upper deck as part of a promotion. ... The Padres fell to 30-31 in Miami. ... Video highlight: Willis picked up a slow roller barehanded in the first inning and fell face-first to the grass as he tossed the ball underhand to first to retire Brian Giles. ... Willis and his teammates paused to look skyward in the fourth inning when four fighter jets flew over the stadium. An air show is scheduled this weekend in nearby Fort Lauderdale. ... Cabrera had two hits and improved his average against Maddux to .438 (7-for-16).

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Joe Borchard gets into the back-to-back home-run act in the eighth and puts the Marlins up for good.  (AP)
Joe Borchard gets into the back-to-back home-run act in the eighth and puts the Marlins up for good. (AP)

Players of the Game

H. Ramirez
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0
San Diego

M. Cameron
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0

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Marcus Giles, 2B4110021 .327
Jose Cruz Jr., LF4110021 .338
Brian Giles, RF3100100 .271
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B3000123 .303
Khalil Greene, SS2011101 .261
Josh Bard, C3100123 .240
Mike Cameron, CF4013012 .195
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B2000101 .115
   a- Oscar Robles, PH1000000 .200
Greg Maddux, P2000012 .000
   b- Terrmel Sledge, PH0000100 .250
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
   c- Geoff Blum, PH1000000 .114
a-grounded out for Kouzmanoff in the 9th
b-walked for Maddux in the 7th
c-lined out for Linebrink in the 9th
3B - Mike Cameron (1, Willis)
SF - Khalil Greene (3)
RBI - Khalil Greene (19), Mike Cameron 3 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Cameron 3 (4)
CS - Terrmel Sledge (1, 2nd base by Tankersley/Olivo)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Greene-Giles-Gonzalez
E - Marcus Giles (3, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
Greg Maddux 6833150 3.96
Heath Bell (H,2) 1100110 0.48
Scott Linebrink (BS,1; L,1-1) 1322012 3.68
IBB - Cabrera by Greg Maddux
Pitches-Strikes - Greg Maddux 80-60, Heath Bell 16-10, Scott Linebrink 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Maddux 10-3, Heath Bell 1-0, Scott Linebrink 1-1
Batters Faced - Greg Maddux 27, Heath Bell 4, Scott Linebrink 6
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS5240001 .350
Dan Uggla, 2B3110113 .226
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3021112 .368
Mike Jacobs, 1B4011002 .304
Josh Willingham, LF4112003 .297
Joe Borchard, RF4111014 .223
Miguel Olivo, C4020000 .230
Alfredo Amezaga, CF4000011 .253
Dontrelle Willis, P2000021 .231
   a- Eric Reed, PH1000000 .111
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
   b- Aaron Boone, PH1000011 .327
    Henry Owens, P0000000 .000
a-popped out for Willis in the 6th
b-struck out for Tankersley in the 8th
2B - Miguel Cabrera (6, Maddux)
HR - Josh Willingham (5, Linebrink), Joe Borchard (4, Linebrink)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera (21), Mike Jacobs (11), Josh Willingham 2 (25), Joe Borchard (13)
SB - Hanley Ramirez (7, 2nd base off Maddux/Bard)
Team LOB - 8
Florida Marlins
Dontrelle Willis 6444450 5.44
Kevin Gregg 0.2000120 3.00
Taylor Tankersley (W,1-0) 1.1000120 3.38
Henry Owens (S,4) 1000010 2.16
Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 79-42, Kevin Gregg 12-8, Taylor Tankersley 17-11, Henry Owens 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 5-8, Henry Owens 1-1
Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 26, Kevin Gregg 3, Taylor Tankersley 4, Henry Owens 3
Game Information
Attendance - 24691
Game Time - 2:34
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Larry Young, Third Base - Angel Hernandez