Ryan Schimpf, Clayton Richard lead Padres past Marlins
MIAMI (AP) Clayton Richard overcame a shaky start for his best performance of the season.
Richard pitched a season-high seven innings to help the San Diego Padres beat the Miami Marlins 1-0 on Saturday night to snap a four-game losing streak.
''He was outstanding,'' Padres manager Andy Green said. ''The sinker worked really well today. He is getting better. Command wavered a little bit the first time. After that he really locked it in.''
Richard (1-3) allowed eight hits and walked one. He struck out three and threw 63 of 94 pitches for strikes.
''I got into a good rhythm,'' Richard said. ''(Derek Norris) was so good behind the plate. I was able to really on him--the combination of that and our defense playing so well. They made a couple of good plays. When you have that type of defense and (Ryan) Schimpf in the lineup, it's usually a good thing.''
Ryan Schimpf homered homered in the fourth inning off Jose Urena (2-5). Schimpf also homered Friday night and has 16 this season - all since July 1.
''It's kind of been like that since I was little,'' Schimpf said about his power. ''I don't know why. I couldn't explain. I've had a lot of good coaches along the way to help me out for sure. Right now it's staying within the approach and get a good pitch when you want.''
Kevin Quackenbush worked the ninth, striking out two for his first save since Sept. 22, 2014, against Colorado.
''Quack's got a little heartbeat,'' Green said. ''He is who he's going to be every single time out. He executed his pitches after going 2 and 0 to Ichiro (Suzuki). The rest of the inning was very smooth for him.''
Martin Prado had four hits for the fourth time this season.
Urena (2-5) allowed one run and four hits in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out six and walked two.
''I tried to keep the ball down and that was a pretty good game,'' Urena said.
Prado led off the eighth with a hit off Jose Dominguez. Dee Gordon pinch-ran for Prado and was stranded at second after Brad Hand relieved Dominguez and retired the next three batters.
The Marlins had two hits in the first and three in the second, but no runs to show for it. Robert Andino grounded out to Richard with the bases loaded in the second to end the threat.
''Obviously those are opportunities you hope that they don't come back and get you later and obviously tonight in a 1-0 game you think about those,'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.
Miami was 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base while getting shut-out for the sixth time in their last 32 games.
Marlins: RHP Andrew Cashner (blister) will be scratched from Sunday's start and LHP Justin Nicolino will take his place after being recalled from Triple-A New Orleans. ''Cash has that little finger thing and it didn't seem to want to--we were hoping it would heal and it just stayed tender and wasn't able to get it to where we needed to go,'' Mattingly said. ... 2B Dee Gordon was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight game for rest. Gordon was held out Friday, but ended up going 0 for 3 after entering the game in the sixth. ''I felt like he was tired going into the game yesterday and then he ends up getting three at-bats, playing a lot of it and I felt like with a day game tomorrow I want him in there for sure,'' Mattingly said. ''I don't think he was very happy, but if that had been a normal game last night he would be in there today.''
Padres: RHP Luis Perdomo (6-7, 6.24) will start Sunday's series finale. Perdomo tied a career high with seven innings in his last start against Arizona allowing one run.
Marlins: LHP Justin Nicolino (2-5, 5.57) will take Andrew Cashner's spot in the rotation and make his 13th start of the season, first since July 6.