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Wells continues to pitch well

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--RHP Kip Wells turned in his third quality start Friday night in his sixth start with the Padres to pick up his second win. He allowed two runs on five hits and two walks over six innings. The three quality starts equals the most Wells has had in a season since 2007.

--CF Cameron Maybin had an RBI double in four at-bats Friday night as he returned to the starting lineup. Maybin had missed eight straight starts because of a sore right wrist.

--RHP Tim Stauffer reported to the Padres' year-round base in Peoria, Ariz., Saturday to continue his rehab. He has thrown two bullpens and could appear in an inning of a Arizona Rookie League game before next weekend. Stauffer has made only one start this season because of a right elbow strain.

--RHP Anthony Bass has started a throwing program. He has been on the disabled list since June 21 because of an inflamed right shoulder.

--LHP Joe Thatcher was unavailable Friday night because of a sore right knee. Thatcher is a sidewinder who puts a lot of torque on his right knee, which is his landing leg.

--RHP Brad Brach struck out three while allowing a hit over the final two innings Friday night. Brach has worked seven straight scoreless innings.

BY THE NUMBERS
9 -- Consecutive wins by the Padres over the Marlins in South Florida dating back to April 26, 2010.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"Funny, sometimes you don't really know what the tell-tale inning is going to be. The fifth turned out to be the pivotal point of the game." -- Padres RHP Kip Wells, who worked out of first-and-third, no out jam in the fifth without allowing a run at a time the Padres were already trailing 2-0. The Padres then scored five times in the top of the sixth.

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