Marlins 4, Padres 2

Associated Press  |  Last updated July 28, 2012
Jose Reyes hit a two-run homer and Nathan Eovaldi won his Miami debut, leading the Marlins to a 4-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night. Justin Ruggiano also went deep and Steve Cishek earned his fourth save for the Marlins, who snapped a three-game skid. Yonder Alonso had two hits and drove in a run for the Padres, who had won seven of 10. Eovaldi (2-6) was traded to Miami on Wednesday from the Dodgers in a four-player swap that sent Hanley Ramirez to Los Angeles. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed one run and five hits in 5 1-3 innings while striking out five and walking two. The Marlins had scored three runs or fewer in nine consecutive games, which matched a franchise record set in 1994. Carlos Lee's RBI single in the first gave the Marlins an early lead. Eovaldi reached base on an infield single in the third and scored on Reyes' shot to right field off Ross Ohlendorf (3-1) for a 3-0 advantage. The home run extended Reyes' hitting streak to 15 games, which ties a season high. The Padres strung together three singles in the sixth, including Alonso's run-scoring hit, to end Eovaldi's night. Edward Mujica got out of the jam. Ruggiano's solo homer off Alex Hinshaw pushed the lead to 4-1 before Yasmani Grandal's sacrifice fly in the eighth cut it to 4-2. Ohlendorf allowed three runs in six innings. NOTES: Marlins All-Star slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who has not played since July 7 due to right knee surgery, is aiming for an Aug. 10 return. ''It's not fun to just sit there helpless,'' Stanton said. ''You still pick up some things, learn from the down times we are going through, that's all you can do. I'm eager to get back. I'll be ready.'' ... Marlins LF Logan Morrison was dropped to seventh in the lineup after an 0-for-14 slump. ''If he keeps swinging like that, he'll be my bench coach,'' manager Ozzie Guillen said. ''That's easy. I've got to go back to being Ozzie.'' ... Marlins RHP Josh Johnson (6-7, 4.14 ERA) will oppose Padres LHP Clayton Richard (7-11, 4.17) in Sunday's series finale.
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