Padres spoil Marlins’ home opener

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MIAMI – Khalil Greene drove in four runs with two homers to help San Diego shake a slump, and the Padres spoiled the Florida Marlins’ home opener by winning 9-3.

The Padres, who scored a major league-low 19 runs in the first week of the season, snapped a four-game losing streak.

Greene hit a two-out solo homer in the second and a three-run shot in the sixth. He has four of the Padres’ six home runs after hitting 15 each of the past two seasons.

Woody Williams (1-0) won in his first start as a replacement for Shawn Estes, sidelined by a strained elbow. Williams allowed three runs in five-plus innings.

Three relievers shut out Florida the rest of the way to complete a six-hitter.

Sergio Mitre (1-1) gave up five runs in six innings for the Marlins, who started six rookies in their first home game since an offseason payroll purge. Five Marlins played in Miami for the first time: Mitre, Hanley Ramirez, Reggie Abercrombie, Mike Jacobs and Dan Uggla.

The game drew a crowd of 31,308, a sharp decline from last year’s attendance of 57,405 for the home opener, and fans were able to enjoy only a brief lead. Florida scored in the first when Ramirez led off with a triple and came home on Josh Willingham’s two-out single.

Greene’s homer made it 1-all, and San Diego went ahead to stay in the third. Josh Barfield singled, went to second on a sacrifice and scored on a two-out single by Terrmel Sledge.

Brian Giles walked four times for the Padres, including in the sixth, when Mike Piazza followed with a single and Greene homered again for a 5-1 lead.

Williams retired the side on three pitches in the fifth but failed to get another out. Ramirez became the Marlins’ first baserunner since the first when he led off the sixth with a double. He went to third on a single by Jeremy Hermida and scored on Miguel Cabrera’s double.

Bad baserunning then hurt Florida: Cabrera was doubled off second when Jacobs lined out softly to shortstop. Willingham followed with an RBI single to make it 5-3.

San Diego scored an unearned run in the seventh when left fielder Willingham misplayed Piazza’s double for an error, allowing Giles to score from first.

Dave Roberts tripled home a run in the eighth, and Rob Bowen added a two-run single.

Notes: Ramirez has a hit in every game. … The new stadium scoreboard shows the pitch count for both pitchers, and the speed of each pitch. … Roberts made a running catch of Cabrera’s fly near the 434-foot sign in center.

AP-ES-04-11-06 1916EDT

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