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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."
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.
|Will Venable is on a power surge, hitting his third tie-breaking homer of the week on Sunday. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|San Diego Padres|
|Tony Gwynn Jr., CF||4||0||2||0||1||0||2||.225|
|David Eckstein, 2B||4||1||1||0||1||1||2||.274|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||5||1||0||0||0||0||2||.307|
|Chase Headley, 3B||3||0||1||1||1||0||0||.259|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.281|
|Will Venable, RF||3||1||1||3||0||1||0||.239|
|Chris Denorfia, LF||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||.253|
|Ryan Webb, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Oscar Salazar, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.227|
|Edward Mujica, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Luke Gregerson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Everth Cabrera, SS||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.202|
|Mat Latos, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Aaron Cunningham, LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|a-popped out for Webb in the 8th|
|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|
|DP - Cabrera-Eckstein-Gonzalez, Eckstein-Cabrera-Gonzalez, Headley-Eckstein-Gonzalez|
|E - David Eckstein (1, Throwing)|
|San Diego Padres|
|Ryan Webb (BS,1; W,3-1)||1.1||3||1||1||1||0||0||1.27|
|Edward Mujica (H,4)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.84|
|Luke Gregerson (S,1)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||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|
|Chris Coghlan, LF||5||1||1||0||0||2||3||.275|
|Gaby Sanchez, 1B||4||0||0||0||1||1||0||.302|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.296|
|Jorge Cantu, 3B||4||0||2||1||0||1||2||.262|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.264|
|Cody Ross, RF||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.288|
|Ronny Paulino, C||2||0||0||0||2||0||1||.309|
|Emilio Bonifacio, CF||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.167|
|Anibal Sanchez, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||4||.217|
|a- Mike Lamb, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.172|
|Tim Wood, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Taylor Tankersley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Sanches, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Leo Nunez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Wes Helms, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.260|
|a-lined out for Sanchez in the 6th|
|b-lined out for Nunez in the 9th|
|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|
|DP - Sanchez-H. Ramirez-G. Sanchez|
|E - Jorge Cantu (8, Throwing), Dan Uggla (7, Dropped fly)|
|Brian Sanches (L,0-1)||0.2||2||2||2||0||0||1||3.57|
|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|
|Attendance - 16044|
|Game Time - 2:58|
|Temperature - 91|
|Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - John Hirschbeck|