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SAN DIEGO -- Rick VandenHurk is hoping he can stick in the majors this time.

VandenHurk pitched six strong innings to earn his first win in more than a year, leading the Florida Marlins to a 3-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday night.

VandenHurk, making his first start since last July 27, allowed two runs and five hits, struck out four and walked two. He picked up his first victory since he pitched five innings in a 4-0 victory over Atlanta on June 22, 2008.

The 6-foot-5 right-hander provided a spark for a club whose starting pitchers have ranked near the bottom in most major NL pitching categories this season.

"It feels good to be back here," VandenHurk said. "Nervous, like always. But I felt good. I decided to go out there and pitch and try to keep us in a spot to win the ballgame."

Hanley Ramirez hit a solo homer for the Marlins, who scored twice in the seventh to snap a three-game skid. Leo Nunez pitched the ninth for his fifth save in eight chances, completing the five-hitter.

VandenHurk was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Monday after making eight starts there following a stint on the disabled list. He went 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA in four starts with the Marlins last season but manager Fredi Gonzalez sees a different pitcher this time around.

"I saw him command his fastball on both sides of the plate," Gonzalez said. "I saw him throw his breaking pitches [well]."

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After the game, the Marlins announced they were optioning starter Andrew Miller to New Orleans and VandenHurk would start at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday. Gonzalez said VandenHurk's outing influenced the decision.

"I'm not even looking at that," VandenHurk said about staying in the rotation for the rest of the season. "I just want to keep working hard, keep improving and we'll see where it ends."

VandenHurk limited the Padres to just three hits before he allowed back-to-back homers to Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Kouzmanoff in the sixth, giving San Diego a 2-1 lead.

The Padres have lost 15 of 19 and have the majors' worst record since June 1 at 12-31.

Gonzalez's drive was his 25th of the season and first in 24 games. The All-Star first baseman has hit only three homers since June 2.

"I never really panic too much because I know my home runs come in streaks," Gonzalez said. "Hopefully, I can hit a few more the next couple of days, the next couple of weeks."

The Marlins loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh on consecutive singles by Jeremy Hermida, Cody Ross and Dan Uggla off Greg Burke (2-2). John Baker's groundout tied it and Burke issued an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Ross Gload to load the bases again.

Rookie Luke Gregerson relieved Burke and struck out Chris Coghlan before Emilio Bonifacio walked to give Florida a 3-2 lead. Ramirez then struck out to end the inning.

"Obviously, I wanted to shut them down there keep it where it was," Gregerson said. "It's a tough situation."

Ramirez hit his 15th homer in the first inning off Tim Stauffer, who was making his second start since being called up from the minors on July 11. He gave up three hits over six innings.

"(Ramirez) is a great hitter and he made me pay for it," Stauffer said.

Notes

The Marlins will make a corresponding move on Tuesday to replace Miller, but Gonzalez didn't say what it would be. ... VandenHurk became the 26th pitcher and the 41st player overall used by the Marlins this season. ... Padres 2B David Eckstein (strained right hamstring) is running at 75 percent, according to manager Bud Black. Eckstein, eligible to come off the 15-day DL on Tuesday, likely will not be ready to play until later this week.
 
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Florida

R. VandenHurk
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 2
K 4
San Diego

A. Gonzalez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF5000015 .241
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B4001132 .253
Hanley Ramirez, SS3111113 .345
Jorge Cantu, 1B4000011 .285
Jeremy Hermida, RF4120010 .250
Cody Ross, CF3110101 .274
Dan Uggla, 2B4020010 .227
John Baker, C4011000 .256
Rick VandenHurk, P2000012 .000
   a- Ross Gload, PH0000100 .283
    Kiko Calero, P0000000 .000
    Dan Meyer, P0000000 .000
    Brendan Donnelly, P0000000 .000
   b- Wes Helms, PH1010000 .254
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
Totals3438349  
a-was walked intentionally for VandenHurk in the 7th
b-singled for Donnelly in the 9th
Batting
HR - Hanley Ramirez (15, Stauffer)
RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (22), Hanley Ramirez (62), John Baker (27)
2-OUT RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (11), Hanley Ramirez (28)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Uggla-Cantu
E - Emilio Bonifacio (15, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Rick VandenHurk (W,1-0) 6522242 3.00
Kiko Calero (H,8) 1000010 1.82
Dan Meyer (H,12) 0.2000100 1.95
Brendan Donnelly (H,1) 0.1000000 0.00
Leo Nunez (S,5) 1000010 3.51
Pitches-Strikes - Rick VandenHurk 88-57, Kiko Calero 16-9, Dan Meyer 7-3, Brendan Donnelly 1-1, Leo Nunez 18-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick VandenHurk 1-12, Dan Meyer 2-0, Brendan Donnelly 1-0, Leo Nunez 1-2
Batters Faced - Rick VandenHurk 24, Kiko Calero 3, Dan Meyer 3, Brendan Donnelly 1, Leo Nunez 4
San Diego Padres
Everth Cabrera, SS3010110 .237
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF3000001 .290
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4121012 .251
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4121002 .246
Chase Headley, LF3000112 .237
Will Venable, RF3000013 .218
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
   a- Oscar Salazar, PH1000000 .406
Luis Rodriguez, 2B3000101 .200
Jose Lobaton, C3000020 .083
   b- Kyle Blanks, PH1000001 .160
Tim Stauffer, P2000000 .250
    Greg Burke, P0000000 .000
    Drew Macias, RF1000000 .227
Totals3125236  
a-grounded out for Adams in the 9th
b-fouled out for Lobaton in the 9th
Batting
2B - Everth Cabrera (5, VandenHurk), Adrian Gonzalez (12, VandenHurk)
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (25, VandenHurk), Kevin Kouzmanoff (13, VandenHurk)
SH - Tony Gwynn Jr. (1)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (53), Kevin Kouzmanoff (50)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (21), Kevin Kouzmanoff (25)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Rodriguez-Gonzalez
San Diego Padres
Tim Stauffer 6311241 2.08
Greg Burke (BS,1; L,2-2) 0.1322100 4.05
Luke Gregerson 1.2000130 3.05
Mike Adams 1200020 1.29
IBB - Gload by Greg Burke
WP - Mike Adams (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Stauffer 94-61, Greg Burke 16-8, Luke Gregerson 25-16, Mike Adams 24-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Stauffer 8-5, Greg Burke 1-0, Luke Gregerson 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Stauffer 22, Greg Burke 5, Luke Gregerson 6, Mike Adams 5
Game Information
Attendance - 17184
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Ron Kulpa