Marlins 4, Padres 2

Nathan Eovaldi was impressive in his Miami Marlins debut.

Acquired in a four-player trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers for

Hanley Ramirez earlier this week, the 22-year-old right-hander

allowed one run and five hits in 5 1-3 innings in a 4-2 victory

over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.

”It was great,” Eovaldi said. ”I worked ahead a lot. Me and

(catcher John) Buck got on the same page early on in the game and

there were great plays made behind me.”

Eovaldi (2-6) struck out five and walked two.

”One of the things that stood out to me right away when as we

went over our game plan, the only other person that young that I’ve

had that had an idea what he wanted to do was probably Zack

Greinke,” Buck said. ”He was able to go out and execute it. For a

young guy that’s a big step.”

Jose Reyes hit a two-run homer, Justin Ruggiano also went deep

and Steve Cishek earned his fourth save for the Marlins, who

snapped a three-game skid.

”We did today what we’ve been missing for a long time, get big

hits,” Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Yonder Alonso had two doubles and drove in a run for the Padres,

who had won seven of 10.

The Marlins had scored three runs or fewer in nine consecutive

games, which matched a franchise record set in 1994.

Carlos Lee’s RBI single in the first gave the Marlins an early

lead.

Eovaldi reached base on an infield single in the third and

scored on Reyes’ shot to right field off Ross Ohlendorf (3-1) for a

3-0 advantage. The home run extended Reyes’ hitting streak to 15

games, tying a season high.

”Every time Jose is on the baseball field he can make a lot of

great things happen,” Guillen said. ”Jose has been doing great,

he’s not hitting .390, but he’s playing better than what people

think. He hits the ball very hard, more than what people think.

Reyes is a guy we are going to play around.”

The Padres strung together three hits in the sixth, including

Alonso’s run-scoring double, to end Eovaldi’s night.

”(Eovaldi) has a great arm,” Guillen said. ”You can see he’s

still a baby, can still be polished, but I love his arm and his

presence on the mound is very good.”

Edward Mujica relieved Eovaldi and got Cameron Maybin to bounce

into a fielder’s choice and struck out Everth Cabrera to get out of

the jam.

”We had some opportunities, but we didn’t cash in,” Padres

manager Bud Black said.

Ruggiano’s solo homer off Alex Hinshaw pushed the lead to 4-1

before Yasmani Grandal’s sacrifice fly in the eighth cut it to

4-2.

Ohlendorf allowed three runs in six innings.

”Aside from the third inning, I thought I was throwing really

well,” Ohlendorf said.

NOTES: Marlins All-Star slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who has not

played since July 7 due to right knee surgery, is aiming for an

Aug. 10 return. ”It’s not fun to just sit there helpless,”

Stanton said. ”You still pick up some things, learn from the down

times we are going through, that’s all you can do. I’m eager to get

back. I’ll be ready.” … Marlins LF Logan Morrison was dropped to

seventh in the lineup after an 0-for-14 slump. ”If he keeps

swinging like that, he’ll be my bench coach,” Guillen said.

”That’s easy. I’ve got to go back to being Ozzie.” … Alonso

recorded his eighth game with two-or-more doubles, which is a

Padres record and the most by any player in the Majors this season.

… The Padres had won nine consecutive games over the Marlins in

South Florida. … Marlins RHP Josh Johnson (6-7, 4.14 ERA) will

oppose Padres LHP Clayton Richard (7-11, 4.17) in Sunday’s series

finale.