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McKeon 2-0 after taking over Marlins

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Florida Marlins manager Jack McKeon sat back in
his chair and enjoyed a victory cigar.

"Those guys deserve the credit,'' the 72-year-old McKeon said,
motioning toward the clubhouse. "I've got nothing to do with it. I
just try to stay out of the way.''

Florida beat the San Diego Padres 6-1 Monday night, making
McKeon 2-0 since taking over for the fired Jeff Torborg.

Ivan Rodriguez, who gave his new manager a box of cigars, hit a
two-run homer and Todd Hollandsworth added a two-run double. Luis
Castillo had three hits for the Marlins, who have won three of
four.

McKeon was hired Sunday, and the Marlins beat the Rockies 7-2 in
his debut.

"We've been playing on adrenaline,'' Hollandsworth said. "It
has been tough. We have a long year ahead and we have to play well
for the man in charge.''

Rondell White had four hits and Mark Loretta three for the
Padres, only 2 1/2 games ahead of Detroit for the worst record in the
majors. San Diego (12-26) has the NL's worst record after losing 13
of 15.

Rodriguez hit his sixth homer deep into the left-field seats on
a 3-1 pitch from Clay Condrey (1-2) with two outs in the fifth to
give the Marlins a 6-0 lead. Castillo was aboard on a leadoff
single.

Al Levrault (1-0) got the win by pitching two scoreless innings
in relief of starter Tommy Phelps, a 28-year-old rookie who lasted
three innings in his first major league start. Levrault allowed two
hits, struck out one and walked one.

Phelps gave up five hits and struck out three in three scoreless
innings. His previous eight appearances were in relief. It was his
first start since Sept. 3, 2001, with Double-A Erie.

Phelps threw 63 pitches in three innings.

"I don't want to burn too many guys out,'' McKeon said.

One of the raps against Torborg was the way he handled an
injury-plagued pitching staff.

Blaine Neal, Tim Spooneybarger and Armando Almanza combined to
allow just one run in four innings.

Condrey didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning, when he
allowed four runs on four hits and two walks.

Castillo beat out a bunt down the first-base line for the
Marlins' first hit. Condrey gloved the ball and dived trying for
the tag, but missed and Castillo was safe.

Juan Encarnacion hit an RBI single, Hollandsworth a two-run
double into the gap in right-center and Ramon Castro added an RBI
single.
San Diego's run came in the sixth on Sean Burroughs' sacrifice
fly.

"We've got to get some clutch hits,'' manager Bruce Bochy said.
"To leave 12 men on base and get one run, that's hard to do.''

The Padres had three singles in the first inning and failed to
score.

"When you're in something like this, you're pressing,'' Bochy
said. "Everyone wants to be the guy to get us out of the rut we're
in.''

Game notes
McKeon spent 11 seasons with the Padres, from 1980-90. He
was their GM when they made their first World Series appearance in
1984, and their manager from 1988-90. ... The Marlins opened a
12-game, four-city road trip, their longest of the season. ...
Padres pitching coach Greg Booker is McKeon's son-in-law. ... A
four-day mission by the Rev. Billy Graham that ended Sunday left
the grass in deep center field, where the stage had been, looking
terrible. "I hope he blessed it for us,'' Bochy quipped.