With yet another sweep of the broom, they’ve gone a long way toward cleaning up their mess at home, making things at least presentable. Now the Padres, ever so close to .500 overall, must go make some hay on that 6-10 road record. Sparked by a player who's become a bit of a demon at Petco Park, outfielder Will Venable, the Padres completed their third sweeping win of a series in three weeks with a 1-0 defeat of the floundering Miami Marlins on a sunny Wednesday afternoon. With a diving catch in right, Venable also had one of several tremendous defensive plays in support of starting pitcher Jason Marquis, who made a few nifty stops himself and retired a dozen straight Marlins for the win. Marquis perpetuated the improved performance -- and much-needed length -- of the starting rotation with eight innings of five-hit ball to boost his record to 4-2. It was the fourth straight win by a Padres starting pitcher, the Padres' 11th win in their last 14 games, pushing them to within two games of an even mark after their 5-15 start. The shutout win was the Padres second in four games, and in the other two, the Marlins and Arizona Diamondbacks scored one run apiece.
Brooms get more work as Padres close out homestand with win over Miami
San Diego Union-Tribune | May 9