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Uggla's two homers power Marlins past Padres

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MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins juggled their lineup and the results were positive.

Dan Uggla homered twice and drove in four runs, Mark Hendrickson pitched seven effective innings and the Marlins beat the San Diego Padres 6-4 on Friday night.

Uggla's second homer, a three-run shot off Justin Germano that traveled over the left-field scoreboard, was followed by a homer by Luis Gonzalez. It was the third time the Marlins hit back-to-back home runs this season.

With Josh Willingham on the 15-day disabled list due to a lower back strain, Hanley Ramirez moved to the third spot in the batting order and Uggla dropped to sixth. Gonzalez took Willingham's spot in left field. Ramirez went 1-for-4, reaching base safely for the 47th straight game at home.

"The opportunity was right to do something with (Willingham) going on the DL," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Let's see how it goes. For right now I think it's good for the club."

Uggla also made a great defensive play to end the game, diving for a two-out grounder by Tony Clark and barely getting him at first.

"It was fun diving around and I was lucky to get him," Uggla said. "I felt we did a lot of things right tonight. We made some good defensive plays and got a lot of big hits from a lot of people."

Hendrickson (5-1) allowed three runs and five hits for the Marlins, who ended a three-game losing streak.

"For the first six innings, I was very happy," Hendrickson said. "I had command of my fastball and my curveball was good. It was just execution. It was good to get the first one of this series."

Khalil Greene hit a two-run drive off Hendrickson in the seventh for his first homer of the season.

San Diego has lost 13 of 16 and four of its past five games.

Taylor Tankersley pitched a scoreless eighth and Kevin Gregg allowed a run in the ninth before finishing for his fifth save in six opportunities.

"It was a good win for us," Luis Gonzalez said. "This is going to be a tough couple games for us with Jake Peavy and Greg Maddux going for wins. Hopefully, with our aggressiveness and young guys here we can overcome that."

Germano (0-3) gave up five earned runs and nine hits over 5 2-3 innings. He hasn't won since August 28, 2007, against Arizona, a span of 11 appearances (eight starts).

"I just made a couple of bad pitch selections," Germano said.

Kevin Kouzmanoff tied his career high with four hits for San Diego. He drove in a run and scored.

"I just had good pitches to hit tonight and I hit them," Kouzmanoff said. "It's not all going to fall into place in one night. We're still coming together as a team."

Jeremy Hermida had an RBI single in the first and Uggla went deep in the second to give the Marlins a 2-0 lead.

San Diego cut it to 2-1 in the fourth. Brian Giles led off with a single, advanced to third on consecutive groundouts and scored on Kouzmanoff's single.

Notes

  • Florida recalled OF Brett Carroll from Triple-A Albuquerque.
  • Ramirez's last start in the third spot was June 26, 2007, against Pittsburgh.
  • Florida's Mike Jacobs, nursing a sprained middle finger on his right hand, started at first base in Friday's game.
  • Giles has reached base safely in 11 consecutive games and 25 of his past 27 games.
  • Kouzmanoff's last four-hit game was on Aug 24, 2007, at Philadelphia.
  • The game was briefly interrupted before the top of the ninth inning. A scene for the movie Marley & Me was filmed in left field, with stars Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston chasing a dog across the outfield while the crowd cheered. The movie will be released on Christmas.
 
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Players of the Game
Florida

D. Uggla
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
San Diego

K. Kouzmanoff
AB 4
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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San Diego Padres
Brian Giles, RF4110000 .259
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B3000100 .246
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4110002 .282
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4141000 .279
Khalil Greene, SS4112002 .217
Scott Hairston, CF3000000 .198
   a- Tony Clark, PH1000000 .208
Justin Huber, LF3000000 .200
Colt Morton, C3000010 .000
Justin Germano, P2000010 .286
    Kevin Cameron, P0000000 .000
   b- Callix Crabbe, PH1000000 .160
    Wil Ledezma, P0000000 .000
Totals3247312  
a-grounded out for Hairston in the 9th
b-flied out for K. Cameron in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adrian Gonzalez (6, Gregg), Kevin Kouzmanoff (4, Hendrickson)
HR - Khalil Greene (1, Hendrickson)
RBI - Kevin Kouzmanoff (9), Khalil Greene 2 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Kouzmanoff (6)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Gonzalez-Greene
E - Brian Giles (1, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
Justin Germano (L,0-3) 5.2965033 6.35
Kevin Cameron 1.1000010 3.72
Wil Ledezma 1100020 1.08
WP - Justin Germano (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Germano 98-66, Kevin Cameron 12-10, Wil Ledezma 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Germano 8-5, Kevin Cameron 3-0
Batters Faced - Justin Germano 25, Kevin Cameron 4, Wil Ledezma 3
Florida Marlins
Alfredo Amezaga, CF4110000 .232
Jeremy Hermida, RF4130000 .294
Hanley Ramirez, SS4010002 .319
Mike Jacobs, 1B4000014 .247
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Jorge Cantu, 3B4110011 .283
Dan Uggla, 2B3224000 .257
Luis Gonzalez, LF3111000 .214
Mike Rabelo, C3010010 .259
Mark Hendrickson, P2000021 .250
   a- Robert Andino, PH1000010 .211
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
    Wes Helms, 1B0000000 .229
Totals32610506  
a-struck out for Hendrickson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Alfredo Amezaga (5, Germano)
HR - Dan Uggla 2 (6, Germano, Germano), Luis Gonzalez (3, Germano)
RBI - Dan Uggla 4 (16), Luis Gonzalez (5)
2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla 3 (9), Luis Gonzalez (1)
SB - Hanley Ramirez (10, 2nd base off Ledezma/Morton)
CS - Hanley Ramirez (4, 3rd base by Ledezma/Morton)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Cantu-Uggla-Jacobs, Uggla-H. Ramirez-Helms
Florida Marlins
Mark Hendrickson (W,5-1) 7533121 3.71
Taylor Tankersley (H,4) 1000000 6.30
Kevin Gregg (S,5) 1211000 3.31
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Hendrickson 81-54, Taylor Tankersley 14-7, Kevin Gregg 9-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Hendrickson 10-8, Taylor Tankersley 1-2, Kevin Gregg 2-0
Batters Faced - Mark Hendrickson 26, Taylor Tankersley 3, Kevin Gregg 4
Game Information
Attendance - 14562
Game Time - 2:18
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Gerry Davis