It's been a while since Jason Marquis won on a consistent basis. Now that he's gotten his first victory of the season for the San Diego Padres, he's hoping to build on it in a big way.
Marquis pitched three-hit ball over 7 2-3 innings for his first win of the season and Alexi Amarista tied a career high with four RBIs, leading the Padres to a 9-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.
''It's always nice to get the first win out of the way,'' Marquis said. ''I battled, even though the numbers don't reflect that, but my fastball command wasn't where I wanted it and I had to resort to other pitches like the slider and the split. Obviously as a team, we've been struggling all across the board, so to win these last two games at Dodger Stadium is definitely a big lift.''
Marquis (1-1) allowed his only run on Mark Ellis' bases-loaded sacrifice fly and struck out five on a chilly night in which the flags in center field were blowing straight out toward right for most of t...