Marlins bounce back from rout to beat Padres


SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The Florida Marlins didn't dwell on their most lopsided loss of the season.

Behind a three-run homer by Derrek Lee, the Marlins jumped on top early and beat the San Diego Padres 8-4 Saturday night.

"Sometimes these blowouts, you just have to laugh at them and put them behind you,'' Lee said about Friday's 18-2 loss to the Padres.

Lee helped the Marlins put Friday's game behind with his
first-inning blast off Brian Lawrence (11-8). It was exactly what
Florida needed.

"That kind of set the tone of the game right there,'' said
Kevin Millar, who drove in two runs. "They were playing catch-up
the rest of the game.''

The Marlins loss on Friday night was their worst loss since Oct.
5, 2001.

Lee's 21st homer and a run-scoring sacrifice bunt by pitcher
Julian Tavarez gave Florida a 4-0 lead in the second inning.

"It was supposed to be in and over the plate,'' Lawrence said
of the home run. "It was almost down the middle.''

After the Padres cut it to 4-3 with single runs in the second,
third and fourth innings, Millar gave the Marlins a cushion with an
RBI groundout in the fifth and an RBI double in a two-run sixth.

Tavarez (9-10) struggled to gain the win, allowing four runs on
11 hits over six innings. Tavarez won for just the second time in
eight starts since the All-Star break.

Lawrence lost his second straight start as he gave up seven runs and 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings. Lawrence struck out six and walked two.

"Lawrence just didn't have his best stuff or command tonight,''
Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.

The Marlins got off to a good start as Luis Castillo led off the
game with a single and went to third on Millar's one-out single.
With two outs, Lee homered to make it 3-0. Lee also walked twice,
stole a base and scored two runs.

"The runs helped, especially the three-run homer,'' Marlins
manager Jeff Torborg said. "That was a big play in the game.''

Tavarez helped himself in the second when his perfectly placed bunt scored Mike Lowell from third base after a leadoff double and groundout.

Tavarez allowed a solo homer to Deivi Cruz, Phil Nevin's RBI single and a pair of run-scoring groundouts. Nevin was 3-for-4 with a double.

Game notes
Lee's homer off Lawrence was just the second surrendered by the right-hander in 61 2/3 innings since the All-Star break. ... Tavarez faced San Diego for the 22nd time in his career, the second time as a starter. Most of Tavarez's outings against the Padres
came in relief as a member of the San Francisco Giants. ... Padres CF Mark Kotsay was back in the starting lineup after missing two games with a sore back.