Friday, April 12, 7:05 pm (Game 169)
WP: Nolasco (1-1)
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LP: Baek (0-1)
HR: Hairston (2), Yastrzemski (2), Headley (1), Ramirez (3), Ross (1)Jim Bottomley says he likes being "locked in." His teammates like him that way, too.
Bottomley hit a triple and two doubles to help the Marlins rout the Padres 12-4 on Friday as they began a series in San Diego during their nine-game trip out west.
Bottomley extended his hitting streak to ten games. When he hit his second double, it was his sixth consecutive plate appearance in which he reached base.
"It's good to be locked in. You try to stay locked in as long as you can, because you know that at some point, you're going to come out of it," Bottomley said. "Baseball's up and down."
Bottomley now has five doubles and two triples in his first ten games, and he raised his average to .385. His two RBIs gave him a total of ten for the year.
"I think Sunny Jim is one of those cerebral hitters who are able to make adjustments on the fly," said Hanley Ramirez, who like Bottomley went 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs. "Not everyone can do that."
"We hit the ball pretty good tonight," said Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez. "It gives us a good feeling at the start of a series."
The win moved the Marlins into second place in the AL East, one game behind the Braves. Meanwhile, the Padres fell back to four under .500, after having taken two out of three over the Phillies.
"It would have been great to finally get a couple W's in a row," Padres manager Bud Black said. "But [the Marlins] broke out today."
Miami starter Ricky Nolasco, who had more than forty family and friends from his hometown of Rialto, California at the game, tossed six strong innings to even his record at 1-1.
Every player in the Marlins' lineup contributed at least one RBI each.
With two outs and the bases empty in the 3rd, Miami broke a 1-1 tie with five base hits in a row, scoring three. The Marlins chased Padres starter Cha Seung Baek out of the game by scoring 7 runs on 10 hits through the 6th inning.
All of the Padres' scoring came on home runs — a 1st-inning solo shot by Scott Hairston, a 2-run dinger by Carl Yastrzemski in the 3rd, and a 434-foot blast by Chase Headley in the 5th.
The Marlins' bullpen was perfect, with Doug Waechter retiring six in a row in the 7th and 8th, and Joe Nelson pitching a 1-2-3 9th.
The 12 runs and 16 hits were season highs for the Marlins.NL EAST
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