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Venable's home run gives Padres sweep over Marlins

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MIAMI -- Will Venable felt he wasn't contributing enough for the San Diego Padres. Now, he's leading the way.

Venable hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the eighth inning Sunday, and the San Diego Padres completed three-game sweep of the Florida Marlins with a 4-2 victory.

Venable, who also had a sacrifice fly, connected on a 2-2 pitch from Brian Sanches (0-1), driving the ball just inside the right-field pole for his eighth home run of the season and breaking a 2-2 tie. It was his third tiebreaking home run since Wednesday night and fourth home run in seven games.

"Yesterday he struck me out with three straight splitties so I knew I had to be patient," Venable said. "He came with the splitties again and I was able to go deep enough in the count that he was forced to try something else and threw a fastball middle-in and I was able to get a good swing on it."

Venable had a two-run, go-ahead homer in the seventh Friday night for the Padres, who have won six of seven. He also broke a tie with a fifth-inning, two-run shot against Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

"I spent a lot of time not doing my job and not contributing so much offensively so it feels especially good just to do my job," said Venable, who went 45 games without a home run before his recent surge.

Ryan Webb (3-1) worked 1 1/3 innings in relief of Mat Latos for the victory. Edward Mujica got two outs and Luke Gregerson earned his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth giving closer Heath Bell a day off.

"[The Marlins] have a lot of talent," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Our guys played every game very hard and focused."

The maligned Marlins bullpen had another poor outing. Florida has lost four in a row and is 1-4 since manager Fredi Gonzalez was fired.

"This is probably the lowest points of the season," Marlins third baseman Wes Helms said. "We're not playing good baseball. With all the changes, it could definitely affect us."

San Diego led 1-0 in the first as David Eckstein drew a walk and scored on a base hit to center field by Chase Headley.

The Padres added another run in the sixth after Adrian Gonzalez began the inning by reaching base on an error by second baseman Dan Uggla, who lost a pop fly in the sun. Headley walked and Yorvit Torrealba reached on an infield single to load the bases.

Venable hit a deep flyball to center field to score Gonzalez. All runners moved up a base. Chris Denorfia was intentionally walked to reload the bases again, but Everth Cabrera bounced an easy grounder to Anibal Sanchez who started a 1-6-3 double play to end the inning.

Cody Ross doubled and Ronny Paulino walked with two outs in the sixth chasing Latos. Webb relieved Latos and immediately gave up a run-scoring single to Emilio Bonifacio to cut the Padres lead to 2-1.

Latos, who grew up 15 minutes from Sun Life Stadium, was 0-2 with a 16.50 ERA in his previous two outings in South Florida. He bounced back with a solid effort pitching 5 2/3 innings allowing one run, five hits, and four walks. He struck out five in front of over 20 friends and family members.

"I was relaxed," Latos said. "I just went about it the same way I did in Tampa, the same I would go about it at home in San Diego, and go about my business and get outs. It worked and I was pleased."

The Marlins tied it in the seventh on Jorge Cantu's RBI single. Webb got out of the inning with a double play, the Padres' third of the day.

"As you can see, they're leading the league in pitching and we got a taste of that," Marlins interim manager Edwin Rodriguez said "They come hard at you and they throw strikes."

Cantu and Bonifacio each had a pair of hits for the Marlins. Sanchez allowed two runs -- one earned -- in six innings.

"I don't know what's going to take to get us going. Something's got to spark and catch fire," Ross said.

Notes

  • Marlins RF Mike Stanton got his first day off, one night after his catch in foul territory cost the Marlins a run. Marlins interim manager Edwin Rodriguez said the day off was a well-deserved break for the rookie. "Pitch recognition, so far, is his problem. But he'll be fine," Rodriguez said.
  • San Diego led the NL West by 3½ games starting the day. The Padres have only led their division by more than three games in six previous seasons, making the playoffs in five of those.
  • Starting Monday, the Marlins play 13 consecutive games away from South Florida.
 
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Will Venable is on a power surge, hitting his third tie-breaking homer of the week on Sunday.  (US Presswire)
Will Venable is on a power surge, hitting his third tie-breaking homer of the week on Sunday. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
San Diego

W. Venable
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Florida

E. Bonifacio
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
San Diego Padres
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF4020102 .225
David Eckstein, 2B4110112 .274
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5100002 .307
Chase Headley, 3B3011100 .259
Yorvit Torrealba, C4120001 .281
Will Venable, RF3113010 .239
Chris Denorfia, LF2010100 .253
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
   a- Oscar Salazar, PH1000000 .227
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
Everth Cabrera, SS3000101 .202
Mat Latos, P1000000 .167
    Aaron Cunningham, LF2000000 .250
Totals3248452  
a-popped out for Webb in the 8th
Batting
HR - Will Venable (8, Sanches)
SF - Will Venable (3)
SH - Mat Latos (4)
RBI - Chase Headley (25), Will Venable 3 (32)
2-OUT RBI - Chase Headley (11)
CS - Tony Gwynn Jr. (4, 2nd base by Wood/Paulino)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Eckstein-Gonzalez, Eckstein-Cabrera-Gonzalez, Headley-Eckstein-Gonzalez
E - David Eckstein (1, Throwing)
San Diego Padres
Mat Latos 5.2511450 2.85
Ryan Webb (BS,1; W,3-1) 1.1311100 1.27
Edward Mujica (H,4) 1000000 2.84
Luke Gregerson (S,1) 1000020 1.60
WP - Mat Latos (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Mat Latos 101-62, Ryan Webb 24-14, Edward Mujica 9-6, Luke Gregerson 15-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mat Latos 6-5, Ryan Webb 2-1, Edward Mujica 3-0
Batters Faced - Mat Latos 25, Ryan Webb 7, Edward Mujica 3, Luke Gregerson 3
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF5110023 .275
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4000110 .302
Hanley Ramirez, SS3010101 .296
Jorge Cantu, 3B4021012 .262
Dan Uggla, 2B4010002 .264
Cody Ross, RF3110111 .288
Ronny Paulino, C2000201 .309
Emilio Bonifacio, CF4021000 .167
Anibal Sanchez, P2000024 .217
   a- Mike Lamb, PH1000002 .172
    Tim Wood, P0000000 .000
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
   b- Wes Helms, PH1000000 .260
Totals3328257  
a-lined out for Sanchez in the 6th
b-lined out for Nunez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Dan Uggla (15, Latos), Cody Ross (18, Latos)
RBI - Jorge Cantu (49), Emilio Bonifacio (1)
2-OUT RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (1)
SB - Emilio Bonifacio (2, 2nd base off Latos/Torrealba)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Sanchez-H. Ramirez-G. Sanchez
E - Jorge Cantu (8, Throwing), Dan Uggla (7, Dropped fly)
Florida Marlins
Anibal Sanchez 6421410 3.18
Tim Wood 0.2200000 5.16
Taylor Tankersley 0.2000000 4.05
Brian Sanches (L,0-1) 0.2222001 3.57
Leo Nunez 1000110 2.27
IBB - Denorfia by Anibal Sanchez
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 85-53, Tim Wood 11-7, Taylor Tankersley 5-4, Brian Sanches 16-10, Leo Nunez 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 9-8, Leo Nunez 1-1
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 26, Tim Wood 3, Taylor Tankersley 2, Brian Sanches 4, Leo Nunez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 16044
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - John Hirschbeck