The Miami Marlins haven't been able to get much going offensively during a rough stretch.
The Marlins will try to snap an eight-game home losing streak to the Padres in Friday night's series opener.
While Miami (45-53) has made plenty of news over the past few days for a roster shakeup that's sent Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to Detroit and former NL batting champ Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers , a concern moving forward is the team's offensive woes.
The Marlins have scored 13 runs and are batting 7 for 53 (.132) with runners in scoring position during a 1-7 stretch.
"We need to step up with runners in scoring position," center fielder Justin Ruggiano , who has hit safely in seven straight, said following Wednesday's 7-1 loss to Atlanta.
"Whatever that means. Maybe that means be a little bit more aggressive, maybe that means stop swinging at pitches in the dirt, I don't know. As a team we need to have a better effort and focus a little more. It's time for it to stop being the plague of the Marlins because that's all we hear about."
More run support could help Zambrano (5-8, 4.42 ERA), who is 1-5 with a 7.68 ERA in his last eight starts after going 4-1 with a 2.59 ERA in his previous seven.
"If I have to work on something, it would be my delivery, my mechanics," Zambrano told the Marlins' official website after walking a season high-tying six in 3 1-3 innings of Saturday's 5-1 loss at Pittsburgh. "I definitely will work on it (during) my next bullpen session."
Zambrano posted a 7-2 record with a 2.14 ERA in 13 starts against San Diego while with the Chicago Cubs .
After losing two of three at NL West-leading San Francisco, the Padres (42-58) will give the ball to Kip Wells (1-3, 4.00) in their first game at Marlins Park. San Diego outscored the Marlins 23-6 in its last visit to Miami from July 19-21, 2011.
Wells had a rough outing Saturday, yielding season highs of six runs and eight hits in an 8-6, 12-inning loss to Colorado. The veteran right-hander is 5-3 with a 1.93 ERA in nine starts against the Marlins.
If Wells and the bullpen can get the ball to closer Huston Street , the Padres have to like their chances. Street has converted all 17 of his save opportunities and has a 0.91 ERA in 31 appearances.
Marlins closer Heath Bell , who spent the last five seasons with San Diego, has had an awful season with six blown saves and a career-worst 5.90 ERA. There are rumors that the Marlins are looking to deal Bell and starter Josh Johnson before Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline.
Chase Headley could also find himself in a new uniform soon as multiple teams are reportedly looking to acquire the Padres third baseman, who is batting .267 with team highs of 12 home runs and 51 RBIs.
Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes , the reigning NL batting champ, doesn't appear to be going anywhere. Reyes, who is hitting .333 (17 for 51) during a 13-game hitting streak, went 4 for 14 with a double to help Miami sweep a three-game series at San Diego from May 4-6.
The Padres had won the previous eight meetings.
|San Diego Padres|
|July 18, 2012||Cameron Maybin||Day-to-Day||Sore right wrist|
|July 04, 2012||Andrew Cashner||15-Day DL||Strained muscle in right side|
|June 21, 2012||Anthony Bass||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|June 10, 2012||Cameron Maybin||Day-to-Day||Left game - Sprained neck|
|June 04, 2012||Will Venable||Day-to-Day||Strained right oblique|
|June 04, 2012||Eric Stults||15-Day DL||Strained left latissimus dorsi muscle|
|July 23, 2012||Juan Carlos Oviedo||15-Day DL||Right elbow sprain|
|July 08, 2012||Giancarlo Stanton||15-Day DL||Arthroscopic right knee surgery|
|July 08, 2012||Hanley Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Right finger laceration|
|July 06, 2012||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Sore right knee|
|June 30, 2012||Edward Mujica||15-Day DL||Fractured right pinkie toe|
|June 30, 2012||Edward Mujica||15-Day DL||Fractured right pinkie toe|
MIAMI (AP) -- It was a homecoming to remember for Yasmani Grandal and Yonder Alonso .
Both players grew up in Miami, played at the University of Miami and had plenty of supporters to see them help the San Diego Padres earn a 7-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday night.
Grandal hit a bases-clearing triple and Alonso drove in two runs.
"Good for those guys, probably took a little weight off of their shoulders coming back to Miami," Padres manager Bud Black said. "I'm sure they left a lot of tickets and to get a couple big hits, a couple RBIs, and have us win made a lot of people here happy."
Grandal estimated he had over 150 friends and family in attendance. Alonso had a suite full of 30 supporters.
"Tomorrow there will be more, so hopefully I'll get more cheers than Yasmani did," Alonso said.
Padres starter Kip Wells (2-3) allowed two runs in six innings.
Carlos Zambrano (5-9) allowed five runs - four earned - and three hits in five innings as the slumping Marlins lost for the eighth time in nine games.
"They only scored in two innings and that was enough," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Those two innings are what killed us. It's not as if they came out and scored every inning. I wonder what happened to Carlos tonight. It was too quick."
Jose Reyes hit an RBI triple, and Carlos Lee drove him in with a hit to stake the Marlins to a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning, but they couldn't add to it.
Wells pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth, getting Lee to ground out to end the inning.
"The momentum swung back to us there," Black said. "You could tell that the Marlins were a little bit dejected after that."
San Diego responded in the top of the sixth by scoring five runs to turn the game around.
Zambrano had allowed just one hit in the first five innings, but Logan Forsythe led off the sixth with a double, and Jesus Guzman reached on an error by second baseman Emilio Bonifacio . Then, Zambrano issued back-to-back walks, including Carlos Quentin with the bases loaded.
"I've been in this game a long time, nothing upsets me more than a walk," Zambrano said.
Grandal followed and smacked a triple - his first of the season - over the head of center fielder Justin Ruggiano to make it 4-2 and chase Zambrano.
"It looked like it was going straight, (Ruggiano) had a good jump on it, but either way I was going to tie the game so I was happy with it," Grandal said. "As soon as I looked up the ball kind of started fading away from him. The line he was going, obviously he wasn't going to catch it so immediately my first thought was three."
Alonso followed with an RBI single off Chad Gaudin to break an 0-for-21 slump.
"Just one at-bat away from breaking it, one pitch away, one swing away," Alonso said.
The Padres sent 11 batters to the plate in the inning and scored five runs on four hits and three walks.
Alonso added another RBI single in the seventh before Cameron Maybin 's RBI double gave the Padres a 7-2 lead.
NOTES: Responding to recent trades made by the Marlins, Miami manager Ozzie Guillen said: "I don't know if people really know (owner Jeffrey) Loria (and the front office), but they're cocky, arrogant, and want to win. The manager is cocky and arrogant, he wants to win. I know they're going to put something together here, I know. We have to do the right thing, make the right moves, think about what we're going to do and build those guys up to have a winning attitude. We're doing that right now." ... Bonifacio was caught stealing for just the third time in 29 chances when Grandal threw him out trying to steal second in the first inning. ... Alonso and Grandal played one season together at Miami in 2008 and advanced to the College World Series. ... Padres LHP Joe Thatcher was unavailable due to a sore left knee. He is day to day. ... RHP Nathan Eovaldi (1-6, 4.15 ERA) will make his Marlins debut on Saturday after being traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Hanley Ramirez deal. Eovaldi will face Padres RHP Ross Ohlendorf (3-0, 5.16 ERA).