Stults pitches Padres to 5-1 win over Marlins

Eric Stults pitched seven-hit ball into the seventh inning and

Will Venable hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs, leading

the resurgent San Diego Padres to a 5-1 win over the Miami Marlins

on Tuesday night.

Stults (3-2) walked two and struck out four in 6 1-3 innings as

the Padres won for the 10th time in 13 games. San Diego, which

began the season 5-15 and has won eight of its last nine at Petco

Park, improved to 15-18.

The Marlins have lost five of seven and have the second worst

record in baseball at 10-24.

The Padres touched up Miami starter Alex Sanabia (2-5) for four

runs in the first two innings, highlighted by Venable’s bizarre

two-run homer, his fourth of the season.