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|Florida (14-14) «||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||2||x||5||12||0|
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).
|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|
|San Diego Padres|
|Marcus Giles, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||2||1||.327|
|Jose Cruz Jr., LF||4||1||1||0||0||2||1||.338|
|Brian Giles, RF||3||1||0||0||1||0||0||.271|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||2||3||.303|
|Khalil Greene, SS||2||0||1||1||1||0||1||.261|
|Josh Bard, C||3||1||0||0||1||2||3||.240|
|Mike Cameron, CF||4||0||1||3||0||1||2||.195|
|Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.115|
|a- Oscar Robles, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Greg Maddux, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|b- Terrmel Sledge, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.250|
|Heath Bell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Linebrink, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Geoff Blum, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.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|
|Heath Bell (H,2)||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||0.48|
|Scott Linebrink (BS,1; L,1-1)||1||3||2||2||0||1||2||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|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||5||2||4||0||0||0||1||.350|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||3||1||1||0||1||1||3||.226|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||3||0||2||1||1||1||2||.368|
|Mike Jacobs, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.304|
|Josh Willingham, LF||4||1||1||2||0||0||3||.297|
|Joe Borchard, RF||4||1||1||1||0||1||4||.223|
|Miguel Olivo, C||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.230|
|Alfredo Amezaga, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.253|
|Dontrelle Willis, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.231|
|a- Eric Reed, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.111|
|Kevin Gregg, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Taylor Tankersley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Aaron Boone, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.327|
|Henry Owens, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.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|
|Taylor Tankersley (W,1-0)||1.1||0||0||0||1||2||0||3.38|
|Henry Owens (S,4)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||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|
|Attendance - 24691|
|Game Time - 2:34|
|Temperature - 83|
|Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Larry Young, Third Base - Angel Hernandez|