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SAN DIEGO -- For one night, Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen found someone to close out a win for his team.
Earlier in the day, Guillen demoted struggling closer Heath Bell, who has four blown saves this season. Bell is 0-3 with an 11.42 ERA in 11 games. The right-hander has allowed 15 hits in 8 2/3 innings with 10 walks and only six strikeouts. He signed a $27 million, three-year contract in the offseason.
With Bell being demoted and the Marlins' bullpen short-handed due to recent overuse, Buehrle knew what was expected of him.
"The [bullpen] said last night, `C'mon, we need you.' But obviously you know the situation," Buehrle said. "Did I think I was going to throw a complete game? No. But go seven, eight innings, I try to do every time even if [the bullpen] is down."
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Buehrle (2-4) allowed one run and five hits with two walks and three strikeouts in a game that lasted 2 hours, 18 minutes one day after the teams played a 12-inning game that lasted 4:45.
"There's a reason why he's got that kind of money," said San Diego's Orlando Hudson about Buehrle's four-year, $58-million free-agent contract. "You don't have to be overpowering to dominate a game. He pitched a great game."
Buehrle threw his first complete game since Oct. 2, 2010, with the Chicago White Sox. Buehrle was coming off his shortest start of the season, a five-inning stint in a 9-5 loss against Arizona.
"Today was big, huge," Guillen said. "This outing was huge for everyone because it was a day off for everyone."
Asked if he had spoken with Buehrle before his start about the importance of going deep in the game, Guillen said: "He knows. I didn't have to."
Omar Infante, who doubled in the go-ahead run in Friday's 9-8 win in 12 innings, had two RBI with a double and a sacrifice fly on Saturday.
Greg Dobbs' pinch-hit single in a two-run eighth inning put the Marlins ahead.
The Marlins' winning streak, all on the road, comes after they had lost eight of nine.
"We are going to go through slumps, we are going to go through winning streaks," Buehrle said. "Right now, we are winning but we ain't going to win 20 in a row, but just got to keep going out there."
Jose Reyes led off the eighth inning with a walk and Emilio Bonifacio followed with an infield single. After Dale Thayer replaced Padres starter Clayton Richard, Dobbs singled to center for a 2-1 lead. Infante then hit a sacrifice fly.
Richard (1-4) gave up three runs and nine hits over seven innings. The left-hander struck out seven and walked three.
"It was disappointing I wasn't able to come through in the eighth," said Richard, who suffered his fourth straight loss.
After two of the NL's lowest-scoring teams combined for 17 runs on 24 hits on Friday night, the clubs reverted to their previous form.
Ramirez led off the Marlins' fourth with a one-out single, but was thrown out going to third base on Austin Kearns' single. Infante followed with a run-scoring double.
|Mark Buehrle confuses the Padres for much of the night, allowing just five hits en route to a complete-game victory. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jose Reyes, SS||4||1||0||0||1||1||2||.225|
|Emilio Bonifacio, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.240|
|Hanley Ramirez, 3B||4||1||3||0||0||0||1||.219|
|Austin Kearns, LF||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.222|
|a- Greg Dobbs, PH-LF||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.273|
|Omar Infante, 2B||3||0||1||2||0||0||1||.325|
|Giancarlo Stanton, RF||4||1||1||1||0||2||2||.269|
|Gaby Sanchez, 1B||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||.207|
|John Buck, C||4||0||1||0||0||3||2||.194|
|Mark Buehrle, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.071|
|a-singled for Kearns in the 8th|
|2B - Hanley Ramirez (4, Richard), Omar Infante (8, Richard), Gaby Sanchez (8, Richard), John Buck (4, Richard)|
|HR - Giancarlo Stanton (5, Mikolas)|
|SF - Omar Infante (1)|
|SH - Mark Buehrle (1)|
|RBI - Greg Dobbs (4), Omar Infante 2 (12), Giancarlo Stanton (14)|
|2-OUT RBI - Omar Infante (3)|
|CS - Greg Dobbs (1, 2nd base by Thayer/Hundley)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - H. Ramirez-Infante-G. Sanchez|
|Mark Buehrle (W,2-4)||9||5||1||1||2||3||0||2.83|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 116-77|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 18-5|
|Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 33|
|San Diego Padres|
|Chris Denorfia, RF-LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.286|
|Jesus Guzman, LF||3||1||2||0||1||0||0||.240|
|Miles Mikolas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chase Headley, 3B||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.253|
|Nick Hundley, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.190|
|Yonder Alonso, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.272|
|Orlando Hudson, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.216|
|Cameron Maybin, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||2||.196|
|Jason Bartlett, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.149|
|Clayton Richard, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.000|
|Dale Thayer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Will Venable, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.247|
|a-struck out for Thayer in the 8th|
|2B - Jesus Guzman (7, Buehrle), Yonder Alonso (10, Buehrle)|
|RBI - Chase Headley (16)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Outfield Assists - Chris Denorfia 1, Jesus Guzman 1|
|San Diego Padres|
|Clayton Richard (L,1-4)||7||9||3||3||1||7||0||4.89|
|Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Richard 108-68, Dale Thayer 10-9, Miles Mikolas 23-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Richard 9-3, Dale Thayer 1-1, Miles Mikolas 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Clayton Richard 29, Dale Thayer 3, Miles Mikolas 5|
|Attendance - 25076|
|Game Time - 2:18|
|Temperature - 67|
|Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Adrian Johnson|