After losing four straight games, the Padres beat the Marlins 6-3 Wednesday and improved to 2-20 in series finales.
The win was the first for the Padres in a series finale since they defeated the Chicago Cubs in the second game of a double-header on May 11th. It was also San Diego’s first series finale win at home this season.
Luis Perdomo filled in nicely for the injured Andrew Cashner. Perdomo, who came on in relief last Friday after Cashner experienced stiffness in his neck, threw the first quality start of his young career. He went six innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out four.
Offensively, the Padres recorded 13 hits on the day and were carried by Melvin Upton Jr. and Derek Norris. Upton got the Padres on the board after he hit a solo home run to left center in the bottom of the second inning, his ninth of the season. He went 3-3 with a walk, and also recorded a RBI-single. Upton finished a triple shy of the cycle.
Norris knocked in two runs on a sharply hit single to left field in the bottom of the fifth. The Padres catcher continues to find his rhythm at the plate, and has raised his average nearly 80 points since batting .138 in early May.
Wil Myers stayed hot with an RBI-double, and rookie Ryan Schimpf recorded the first RBI of his young career on a sac fly in the bottom of the fourth.
Ichiro Suzuki got a hit off of closer Fernando Rodney in the 9th, topping Pete Roses’ record for the most hits ever in professional baseball.
Hear from Wil Myers on the possibility of representing San Diego in the All-Star game and his desire to participate in the home run derby: