SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Miami Marlins were hoping get on a roll on the road coming off the most successful homestand in franchise history.
It’s not working out that way.
With Chase Headley hitting a three-run homer in his return to the lineup and Seth Smith driving in four runs, the San Diego Padres soundly beat the Marlins for a second straight game, 9-3 on Saturday night.
Smith later added a two-run double in the seventh as the Marlins’ road record dropped to 3-12, worst in the majors.
And Miami is only three games (1-2) into its 11-game road swing, its longest of the season.
“We just got to figure this thing out,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. “We’ve got to come out there (Sunday) and find a way to get a big win, whether it is a great pitching performance or a big hit or a few big hits.”
San Diego, which entered averaging a major league-low 2.8 runs per game, was coming off its highest scoring output since Sept. 25, a 10-1 win over Miami on Friday.
The 19 combined runs were the most San Diego scored in consecutive games since Sept. 5-6, 2012.
Eric Stults (2-3) allowed two runs on six hits over six innings.
Casey McGehee hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the Marlins.
With the score tied at 2, Marmol relieved Nathan Eovaldi in the sixth and got two quick outs. But Everth Cabrera reached on an infield bunt, stole second and went to third on catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s throwing error.