MIAMI (AP) - Ross Ohlendorf recorded his third straight quality start for the San Diego Padres, but it wasn't enough to beat the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.
Ohlendorf (3-1) allowed three runs and four hits in six innings of the 4-2 defeat. He struck four and walked two.
``I feel good about how I'm throwing,' Ohlendorf said. ``I've pitched well in the past like this, but it's been a while. I feel really good about how I'm pitching now, getting back to where I'm capable.'
In three July starts, Ohlendorf went 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA.
``He's throwing more strikes, locating the ball better, and he's getting himself in better counts,' Padres manager Bud Black said. ``You look at the efficiency - low 70 as far as pitches thrown through six innings. That's nice work.'
Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi (2-6) was impressive in his debut with Miami.
The 22-year old right-hander, acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers for Hanley Ramirez earlier this week, allowed one run and five hits in 5 1-3 innings.
``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 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 Ohlendorf for a 3-0 advantage. The home run extended Reyes' hitting streak to 15 games, which ties 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. 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,' 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.
NOTES: Marlins All-Star slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who hasn't 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.
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