Padres 6, Mariners 2

Pitching, hitting, defense. For the first time all year, the San

Diego Padres put everything together for an entire series.

Edinson Volquez pitched neatly into the seventh inning and San

Diego beat the skidding Seattle Mariners 6-2 Thursday night for its

first sweep of the season.

Volquez (3-6) was in command all night, allowing one run and

four hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out six and walked four while

sending Seattle to its fifth consecutive loss.

”You saw all three pitches again effective,” Padres manager

Bud Black said. ”Overall, it was a strong performance. Three-pitch

mix was very good.”

In an interleague matchup of last-place teams, Padres starters

yielded only two earned runs in three games at Seattle.

Converted reliever Erasmo Ramirez (0-1) took the loss in his

first start for the Mariners. He threw five innings, allowing eight

hits and six runs – five earned. He struck out three and walked


San Diego put together four singles to score three runs in the

third. Chris Denorfia led off with an infield single, then Jesus

Guzman blooped a hit to right.

John Baker was trying to put down a sacrifice bunt, but it

turned into a single when Ramirez did not commit off the mound.

Third baseman Kyle Seager ran to cover third, and shortstop

Munenori Kawasaki sprinted to second. The ball just rolled out to

shortstop, and everyone was safe.

Baker said he was trying to bunt the ball hard and possibly turn

it into a hit. Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Seager reacted


”If Ramirez gets off the mound and fields that, we’ve got the

lead guy at third base,” Wedge said. ”Makes it a completely

different inning.”

Kawasaki made a leaping grab of Alexi Amarista’s liner to

temporarily stem the rally, but Will Venable singled crisply to

right, the first hard hit of the inning, to score Denorfia.

Everth Cabrera followed with a grounder to Seager, who threw to

second. Second baseman Dustin Ackley tried to turn a double play,

but threw low to first. Guzman scored on the fielder’s choice and

Baker came in on Ackley’s throwing error when the ball skidded past

Justin Smoak.

The Padres chased Ramirez with three consecutive hits to open

the sixth. Carlos Quentin and Yonder Alonso singled, and Denorfia

doubled to score Quentin.

”We put some innings together again,” Black said. ”We did

Tuesday night against Felix (Hernandez), then tonight we did it

twice with some consecutive hits. That’s something that’s been

lacking for the greater part of the season, and it happened in this


Hisashi Iwakuma replaced Ramirez and allowed a single to Guzman.

That was Iwakuma’s only batter faced, and he threw just two


Charlie Furbush took his place. Hitters were 0 for 32 against

Furbush in his last 11 1-3 innings before Baker and Amarista hit

back-to-back singles. Furbush struck out Venable and Cabrera to end

the inning with San Diego ahead 6-0.

Volquez sailed through the first five innings, allowing only one

hit. Ramirez was right with him following a 28-pitch first. Cabrera

had a 13-pitch at-bat in the first to earn a walk, raising

Ramirez’s pitch count early.

But Ramirez zipped through the second, third and fourth,

allowing just a leadoff single in the second before retiring nine

consecutive batters.

Ackley singled in the seventh to drive in Franklin Gutierrez and

snap Seattle’s 15-inning scoreless streak. Gutierrez made his

season debut Thursday after recovering from a partial right

pectoral tear followed by plantar fasciitis. In his first at-bat,

he was hit by a pitch from Volquez.

Gutierrez finished 1 for 2 and drove in a run in the eighth, but

Seattle remained in an offensive funk.

”We have to get over the hump here at home and break out,”

Wedge said.

NOTES: Logan Forsythe was a late scratch because of discomfort

on his side, according to Black. … San Diego’s three starters for

the weekend series against Oakland will be Anthony Bass, Ross

Ohlendorf and Clayton Richard. … Seattle left-handed reliever

Lucas Luetge has not allowed an earned run in his first 24 major

league appearances. The streak spans 16 innings, a club record.