With Ricky Nolasco on the trade market, the San Diego Padres liked what they saw.
Their hitters did, anyway.
Will Venable drove in three runs and Logan Forsythe hit a two-run homer Friday night to help San Diego beat Nolasco and the Miami Marlins, 9-2.
Nolasco (4-8) allowed six runs and 11 hits in five-plus innings to match or surpass his worst effort of the season in all three categories. San Diego is among the teams believed to be interested in the right-hander, who is the Marlins' leader in career victories.
''I'm sure there were a lot of scouts in the stands watching,'' Padres manager Bud Black said.
Nolasco said recent trade talk didn't affect his performance.
''You read about it and see it on the Internet,'' Nolasco said. ''But my job is to focus on what I have to do every fifth day. Just because I didn't get it done today doesn't mean I'm not focusing or trying everything I can.''
Nolasco is on the market because he is by far the highest-paid player for cost-conscious ...