MIAMI (AP) - Playing in their third city in three days, the Florida Marlins found themselves out of gas.
Travel-weary Florida managed only six hits and lost Tuesday night to the San Diego Padres 4-0. Tim Stauffer pitched six innings, and four relievers finished off Florida.
The Marlins looked jet-lagged as they went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. They began a homestand after a one-game series Monday in New York to make up a rainout.
``It does wear on you a little bit, especially when you come out in this mugginess,' center fielder Mike Cameron said. ``But that's the way it is. You still have to play the game.'
The Marlins' hits were all singles, and two didn't leave the infield.
``If you don't hit, you always look flat,' manager Jack McKeon said. ``We're not going to make excuses. We've gotten into places late and got about 10 runs. We just got beat. Good pitching beat us.'
Looking flat is nothing new for the Marlins at home, where they are 22-29. They're 25-21 on the road, and the defeat was only their second overall in 11 games.
The shutout was just the fifth this season for the Padres, even though they rank fifth in the majors in ERA. They won for the second time in 10 games.
Stauffer had the rare luxury of a first-inning lead when Ryan Ludwick and Orlando Hudson hit consecutive two-out RBI doubles for the Padres, who rank last in the NL in runs. Cameron Maybin had two hits, an RBI and a run scored against his former team.
Stauffer (6-6) allowed four hits and two walks but stranded three runners in scoring position.
``I settled down as the game went on,' the right-hander said. ``I fine-tuned a couple of things and got a little more aggressive. My last inning was probably my best inning.'
Stauffer won for the fourth time in five starts and lowered his ERA to 2.83.
``He throws four pitches for strikes, and he does such a good job of using both sides of the plate,' Padres catcher Rob Johnson said. ``It's tough on hitters when you don't know what he's going to be coming with.'
Heath Bell entered the game with two on and two outs in the ninth and retired John Buck for his 27th save in 29 chances.
Florida leadoff hitter Emilio Bonifacio reached in the fifth on a bunt single, his seventh this year. That extended his career-best hitting streak to 18 games, the longest for the Marlins since Kevin Millar hit in 18 consecutive games in 2002.
``He's basically the catalyst,' McKeon said. ``When he gets on in the first or second inning we generally score. It didn't happen.'
Florida's Anibal Sanchez (6-3) allowed only two runs but needed 119 pitches to get through six innings. He went to a full count on eight batters.
``We worked him hard,' Padres manager Bud Black said.
Sanchez is winless in seven starts, the longest stretch of his career.
``I had to keep the score close and just waited for the team to give me some help,' he said. ``That didn't happen.'
The Padres scored twice in the first after the first two batters were retired. Maybin reached on an infield single and stole second. Ludwick and Hudson followed with doubles.
San Diego added an unearned run in the seventh when pitcher Steve Cishek made an errant throw after bobbling a potential double-play grounder. Maybin singled home a run off Brian Sanches in the ninth.
Maybin had two of the four stolen bases by the Padres, who increased their season total to 99, most in the NL.
Florida had two on with one out in the third and fifth innings, but Stauffer retired Logan Morrison to end both threats.
``Their man threw strikes,' Cameron said. ``That allowed him to go to his secondary pitches.'
Notes: The Padres have won eight of 10 in Miami. ... The announced attendance was 17,101, but the actual crowd on a drizzly evening was less than 5,000. That included a large cheering section for Padres 1B Anthony Rizzo, who grew up in South Florida.
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