Padres 7, Marlins 2


MIAMI (AP) – Adrian Gonzalez went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and Chris Young allowed one hit in six innings to help the San Diego Padres beat the struggling Florida Marlins 7-2 Wednesday.

Vinny Castilla also hit a two-run homer for the defending NL West champion Padres, who won their second game in a row after losing four straight.

Miguel Cabrera hit his second homer of the season for Florida, which lost its fifth game in a row and is off to a 1-6 start. The Marlins have the youngest team and lowest payroll in the major leagues.

Young (1-0) left with a 7-0 lead after throwing 101 pitches. The only hit off him was a high-hopper down the third-base line by Hanley Ramirez that rolled into the outfield for a double. Castilla had a shot at a backhanded play but failed to come up with the ball.

The Marlins had two walks and two stolen bases in the second inning, but Young escaped without giving up a run.

Once he left the game, Florida needed only two batters to score an unearned run. Dan Uggla singled off Brian Sweeney, took second when left fielder Terrmel Sledge misplayed the ball for an error, then came home on Chris Aguila’s single.

Florida finished with six hits.

Gonzalez had his first four-hit game, all singles, playing against his former organization. The Marlins took him with the first pick in the 2000 draft, then traded him midway through their World Series championship season in 2003 to Texas to acquire closer Ugueth Urbina.

Gonzalez was acquired from the Rangers in an offseason trade and is starting at first base in place of Ryan Klesko, who underwent shoulder surgery Monday and is expected to be sidelined two to four months.

The afternoon game drew a crowd of 8,994, down from 31,308 for the home opener Tuesday. Fans endured another afternoon of poor pitching, with Brian Moehler (0-2) allowing six runs, five earned, in 5 1-3 innings. That reduced his ERA to 13.50, but the team ERA rose to 5.31.

San Diego took a 2-0 lead in the second. Gonzalez reached on an infield single, took third on a double by Khalil Greene and came home on Josh Barfield’s grounder. Greene then scored an unearned run on a passed ball.

Sledge singled to start the third, went to second on groundout and came home on Gonzalez’s two-out single.

Gonzalez singled and Castilla hit his first homer of the season in the sixth to make it 5-0.

Notes: Marlins RF Jeremy Hermida sat out with a tight right hip flexor, and his status is day to day. … Marlins CF Eric Reed made a running catch on the warning track to rob Sledge of a hit. … The Padres made errors in three consecutive innings after committing one in their first six games.

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