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BALTIMORE -- Not so long ago, the Padres were scuffling for victories no matter the opponent. Now a scrappy roster minus high-profile names is finding ways to win even against one of the American League's best.
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"We've been playing well the last three weeks," said Padres manager Bud Black, whose club rallied after losing three straight at Tampa Bay. "Things have turned in a good way. We had a tough series down in Tampa. I liked the way the guys responded today. It was outstanding. We got to their starter. We kept the pressure on, got a lot of base hits."
Every starter had at least one hit for the Padres, including Amarista, who entered the game batting .233 in 73 at-bats. Slotted eighth in the lineup between Blanks and Baker, the lefty-swinging outfielder went the opposite way for a two-run homer off Tommy Hunter in the seventh.
"Every time you have an opportunity to get in there and produce, you have to take advantage of that so you can have some more opportunities to help the team," Amarista said through a translator.
In getting swept for the first time this season, the Orioles allowed a season-high 17 hits.
Marquis allowed two runs, seven hits and four walks in five-plus innings. He has a 2.45 ERA in his last four starts.
Garcia gave up four runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings, his shortest outing in three starts for the Orioles.
"Not quite as crisp," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "We just didn't pitch well today. What did we give up, like 17 hits? It wasn't just Freddy. They had some good fortune, too, but they hit a lot of balls hard too. They came in here and swung the bats well."
Baltimore loaded the bases in the first before Wieters hit an inning-ending groundout. The sinkerball-throwing Marquis also escaped damage in the second and fifth by inducing double-play grounders.
"Some days you're not going to feel as good as others, but at the end of the day you have to make pitches in big situations," Marquis said. "I don't want to keep putting myself in those situations, but if you do, got to find a way."
Dale Thayer relieved Marquis with two on in the sixth and retired three in a row.
"Baker, Amarista, Blanks get in the lineup, those guys want to be a part of the contribution," Black said. "Today they were."
Machado has at least three hits in four of his last five games and is batting .560 (14 of 25) in that span.
The Orioles finished the first quarter of the season with a 23-17 record, not that Showalter is interested in such road markers.
"This is an impossible game to be perfect at," Showalter said. "I'm not going to get too reflective at the. that's for the Preakness or whatever it is, where they go a quarter-mile and all that other stuff."
|Alexi Amarista homers and doubles twice as SD matches its season high in hits and records its fourth series sweep of '13. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|San Diego Padres|
|Everth Cabrera, SS||5||1||4||1||1||0||0||.255|
|Will Venable, RF||5||0||2||1||0||0||2||.250|
|Chase Headley, 3B||3||0||1||0||2||0||2||.286|
|Carlos Quentin, DH||5||0||1||1||0||1||2||.181|
|Yonder Alonso, 1B||5||0||1||0||0||0||3||.271|
|Jedd Gyorko, 2B||5||2||3||0||0||1||0||.263|
|Kyle Blanks, LF||5||2||1||1||0||1||3||.250|
|Alexi Amarista, CF||5||3||3||2||0||1||3||.256|
|John Baker, C||4||0||1||2||1||2||1||.133|
|2B - Will Venable (3, McFarland), Alexi Amarista 2 (7, Garcia, Garcia)|
|HR - Kyle Blanks (2, Garcia), Alexi Amarista (3, Hunter)|
|RBI - Everth Cabrera (11), Will Venable (15), Carlos Quentin (13), Kyle Blanks (6), Alexi Amarista 2 (11), John Baker 2 (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Everth Cabrera (8), Will Venable (7), Carlos Quentin (6), John Baker 2 (2)|
|SB - Everth Cabrera (12, 2nd base off Garcia/Wieters)|
|CS - Everth Cabrera (4, 2nd base by Hunter/Wieters)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Gyorko-Cabrera-Alonso, Cabrera-Gyorko-Alonso|
|San Diego Padres|
|Jason Marquis (W,5-2)||5||7||2||2||4||3||2||3.49|
|Dale Thayer (H,7)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.44|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 84-47, Dale Thayer 12-8, Joe Thatcher 12-8, Anthony Bass 30-19, Huston Street 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 6-4, Anthony Bass 2-2, Huston Street 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 24, Dale Thayer 3, Joe Thatcher 3, Anthony Bass 9, Huston Street 2|
|Nate McLouth, LF||4||0||0||0||1||1||0||.268|
|Manny Machado, 3B||5||2||4||0||0||0||1||.343|
|Nick Markakis, RF||5||0||2||1||0||1||2||.285|
|Adam Jones, CF||5||0||2||1||0||0||2||.317|
|Chris Davis, 1B||4||0||1||0||1||1||2||.311|
|Matt Wieters, C||2||1||1||1||2||0||3||.237|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||1||1||1||0||0||3||.227|
|Ryan Flaherty, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.133|
|Steve Pearce, DH||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.233|
|2B - Manny Machado 3 (17, Marquis, Thatcher, Bass), Nick Markakis (8, Bass), Chris Davis (14, Marquis)|
|HR - Matt Wieters (6, Marquis), J.J. Hardy (7, Marquis)|
|RBI - Nick Markakis (19), Adam Jones (26), Matt Wieters (21), J.J. Hardy (23)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adam Jones (14)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Outfield Assists - Nick Markakis 1|
|DP - Machado-Flaherty-Davis|
|E - Tommy Hunter (1, Throwing)|
|Freddy Garcia (L,0-2)||3.2||7||4||4||2||1||1||5.51|
|IBB - Headley by T.J. McFarland|
|WP - T.J. McFarland (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 75-44, T.J. McFarland 35-20, Tommy Hunter 26-18, Troy Patton 13-10, Pedro Strop 24-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 7-2, T.J. McFarland 4-1, Tommy Hunter 2-0, Troy Patton 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 19, T.J. McFarland 11, Tommy Hunter 7, Troy Patton 4, Pedro Strop 5|
|Attendance - 32418|
|Game Time - 3:11|
|Temperature - 66|
|Umpires - Home - Mike Everitt, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Tim Welke|