MIAMI (AP) – Dontrelle Willis pitched a five-hitter for his fifth shutout this season, and the Florida Marlins shook a hitting slump to beat San Diego 6-0 Wednesday.

Willis (16-8) doubled home two runs for the Marlins, who accounted for all of their scoring in the first two innings against Woody Williams. Carlos Delgado hit his 23rd home run, Florida’s third in the past 12 games.

Willis struck out three, walked one and benefited from three double plays. He leads the major leagues in shutouts, and is tied with St. Louis’ Chris Carpenter for tops in complete games with six.

In his past five starts, Willis has allowed only two earned runs in 37 innings, an ERA of 0.49.

San Diego fell a game below .500 but remained atop the NL West – the latest a division leader has had a losing record.

It was a long night for the Padres, who lost for the first time in five games against Florida this year. Second baseman Mark Loretta fell catching a routine popup in short right field. Miguel Olivo lined out to Willis, then angrily snapped the bat in two over his thigh. The Padres did not have a runner reach second base until Damian Jackson doubled with one out in the ninth.

Williams (6-9) settled down after his rough start and retired the final 10 batters he faced. He pitched five innings and allowed six hits before departing for a pinch hitter.

The Marlins came into the game having scored just nine runs in the past five games, and their final 19 batters were retired. Their early outburst included five extra-base hits in two innings, and it came without Luis Castillo, sidelined by a sore hamstring, and Miguel Cabrera, battling a slump.

Florida scored with two out in the first when Jeff Conine walked and Delgado homered.

Paul Lo Duca led off the second with a single. Following a forceout, Alex Gonzalez doubled, and Willis’ double made it 4-0. Juan Pierre hit an RBI triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Damion Easley.

Notes: Florida has won nine of last 11 games against the Padres at home, outscoring them 62-33. … Because of injuries, the Marlins have put their eight opening-day regulars on the field together only once since July 22. … Pierre is 12-for-25 (.480) lifetime against Williams.

AP-ES-08-17-05 2130EDT


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