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Marquis stymies Dodgers, Puig; Padres pull away in ninth

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LOS ANGELES -- Jason Marquis relied on his bread-and-butter pitch to extend his run of effective outings for the San Diego Padres.

Backed by a solid sinker, Marquis carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and the Padres beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2 on Wednesday night after dropping the first two games of the series.

"I was working real hard to find consistent delivery and was able to do that and carry it over to the game," he said. "When I have a good one like that I tend to go to it over and over."

Marquis (7-2) allowed two runs and three hits in 6 1/3 innings while improving to 6-0 with a 3.28 ERA in his past eight starts. The veteran right-hander also is 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA in his past four outings against the Dodgers dating to last season.

"He gives us trouble all the time," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Ever since I've been out here in California, it seems like he pitches good every time."

Marquis had his no-hitter broken up when Skip Schumaker doubled to deep center field with two outs in the sixth, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a RBI single that trimmed San Diego's lead to 3-1.

Earlier in the inning, Padres right fielder Kyle Blanks temporarily preserved Marquis' no-hit bid with a diving catch and slide on his belly that robbed pinch hitter Jerry Hairston Jr.

"Outstanding," Marquis said.

Marquis left after Scott Van Slyke hit a home run with one out in the seventh. He struck out six and walked two.

"I saw the legit sinker just pounding it on right-handers and keeping it away from lefties," Padres manager Bud Black said. "It was a lot of sinkers and good sliders down underneath."

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (5-4) struck out nine and was charged with three runs and seven hits. The left-hander gave up at least one hit in each of his six innings.

"I saw a lot of tough at-bats against a very good pitcher," Black said.

The last-place Dodgers could have passed the Padres in the NL West standings with a victory, but they never led while falling to .500 at home with a 16-16 record.

San Diego extended its lead to 6-2 with three runs in the ninth. Jedd Gyorko and Yasmani Grandal each had a bases-loaded sacrifice fly, and pinch hitter Will Venable singled home a run.

Gyorko also had a leadoff home run in the fourth and walked and scored on Jesus Guzman's double in the sixth. Guzman tied his career high with three hits.

"They're a scrappy team. They've got a lot of grit over there," Kershaw said. "They're fouling pitches off and putting good at-bats every single time out there. You've got to tip your cap to them. They're not going to be easy outs."

The Padres grabbed the lead on Grandal's RBI single with two outs in the second. Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig went to field the ball with his left-handed glove and it went behind him, allowing Guzman to score.

Puig was hitless in four at-bats with two strikeouts after going a combined 5 for 9 in his first two major-league games on Monday and Tuesday, when he had two home runs and five RBI.

"Marquis is a tough matchup," Mattingly said. "He's a guy who keeps the ball down, he can run the ball at him and break the ball to the other side."

Notes

  • Dodgers LHP Scott Elbert will undergo Tommy John surgery next week and is expected to be out 12 to 16 months.
  • Dodgers RHP Josh Beckett is confident he will pitch again this season, although he won't throw for another four weeks. Currently on the disabled list with a left groin strain, Beckett has been diagnosed with irritation of an upper arm nerve that causes numbness in his right hand and fingers.
  • Marquis hasn't lost since April 22, a 7-1 defeat to Milwaukee.
 
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Jason Marquis retires his first 13 batters, takes a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and improves to 7-2.  (USATSI)
Jason Marquis retires his first 13 batters, takes a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and improves to 7-2. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
San Diego

J. Gyorko
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Los Angeles

C. Kershaw
IP 6.0
H 7
ER 2
BB 3
K 9
 

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San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Denorfia, CF-RF^LF4000124 .296
Everth Cabrera, SS5130010 .285
Chase Headley, 3B3110201 .231
Carlos Quentin, LF4110115 .244
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
Jedd Gyorko, 2B3212111 .274
Kyle Blanks, RF-1B5010010 .273
Jesus Guzman, 1B4131000 .233
    Will Venable, PR-CF^RF1011000 .224
Yasmani Grandal, C3012110 .111
Jason Marquis, P3000033 .115
    Tim Stauffer, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark Kotsay, PH1000012 .263
    Dale Thayer, P0000000 .000
   b- Alexi Amarista, PH-CF1000002 .269
Totals376126611  
a-struck out for Stauffer in the 8th
b-flied out for Thayer in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jesus Guzman (6, Kershaw)
HR - Jedd Gyorko (7, Kershaw)
SF - Jedd Gyorko (2), Yasmani Grandal (1)
RBI - Jedd Gyorko 2 (23), Jesus Guzman (9), Will Venable (20), Yasmani Grandal 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Yasmani Grandal (1)
SB - Everth Cabrera (25, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Federowicz), Will Venable (9, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Federowicz)
Team LOB - 12
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Marquis (W,7-2) 6.1322261 3.73
Tim Stauffer (H,1) 0.2100020 3.77
Dale Thayer (H,10) 1000010 2.81
Luke Gregerson 1100010 1.01
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Marquis 100-62, Tim Stauffer 20-13, Dale Thayer 10-6, Luke Gregerson 13-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Marquis 9-4, Luke Gregerson 1-1
Batters Faced - Jason Marquis 24, Tim Stauffer 3, Dale Thayer 3, Luke Gregerson 4
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Yasiel Puig, RF4000020 .417
Skip Schumaker, 2B4110000 .261
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4011000 .328
Hanley Ramirez, SS4010011 .333
Andre Ethier, CF3000101 .230
Scott Van Slyke, LF3111121 .255
Juan Uribe, 3B3000022 .278
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
    Paco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    J.P. Howell, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark Ellis, PH1000001 .268
Tim Federowicz, C3010012 .211
Clayton Kershaw, P1000010 .233
   b- Jerry Hairston Jr., PH1000000 .254
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
   c- Nick Punto, PH-3B1000011 .296
Totals32252210  
a-flied out for Howell in the 9th
b-lined out for Kershaw in the 6th
c-struck out for Moylan in the 7th
Batting
2B - Skip Schumaker (7, Marquis), Hanley Ramirez (3, Gregerson)
HR - Scott Van Slyke (6, Marquis)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (43), Scott Van Slyke (11)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (17)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Andre Ethier 1
DP - Ethier-Gonzalez
E - Hanley Ramirez (2, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clayton Kershaw (L,5-4) 6732391 1.93
Peter Moylan 1100010 0.00
Ronald Belisario 0.1100000 3.86
Paco Rodriguez 0.2133310 3.98
J.P. Howell 1200000 2.33
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 120-79, Peter Moylan 12-8, Ronald Belisario 4-3, Paco Rodriguez 40-21, J.P. Howell 15-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 4-5, Peter Moylan 1-1, Paco Rodriguez 1-0
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 28, Peter Moylan 4, Ronald Belisario 2, Paco Rodriguez 6, J.P. Howell 5
Game Information
Attendance - 40040
Game Time - 3:37
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Laz Diaz