(Sports Network) - Jason Marquis eyes his 10th win of the season on Thursday
when the San Diego Padres begin a four-game series with the Los Angeles
Dodgers at Petco Park.
Marquis won his third straight start and eighth consecutive decision on
Saturday against Arizona, as he allowed three runs and three hits in 6 2/3
innings to run his record to 9-2 to go along with a 3.63 ERA.
The right-hander walked four batters and has issued a major league-high 47
free passes this season. However, he is 8-0 with a 3.25 ERA in 10 starts since
April 28, with the Padres posting a 9-1 mark in those games
With a win on Thursday he'd become the first Padres pitcher to win nine
consecutive decisions since Kevin Brown won 11 straight May 26-Aug. 5, 1998.
Marquis has already beaten the Dodgers twice this year, posting a 2.37 ERA in
"Marquis is a tough matchup; he's given us trouble," Dodgers manager Don
Mattingly said. "He seems like he pitches good every time. He's a guy that
keeps the ball down. He can run the ball at you and break the ball off the
plate to the other side. He's tough."
San Diego had won seven in a row before losing the final two games of its
series with the San Francisco Giants, including a 4-2 setback on Wednesday in
a game that featured a benches clearing incident.
San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner apparently took exception with a Jesus
Guzman's exuberant celebration after a home run on Tuesday and threw behind
him in the second inning. The incident triggered both benches to clear, though
no punches were thrown or ejections handed out.
Of course, the Padres had a nasty brawl with the Dodgers earlier in the season
when Zack Greinke hit Carlos Quentin to set off a brawl. This will be the
third time the teams are meeting since that incident that broke Greinke's
collar bone, but this will be the first matchup in San Diego.
Los Angeles split a day/night doubleheader on Wednesday in Mattingly's return
to Yankee Stadium. The Dodgers dropped a 6-4 decision in the first game before
jumping on the Yankees early in a 6-0 triumph in the night cap.
Chris Capuano fired six scoreless innings in his first start off the disabled
list to get the win, while Yasiel Puig led Los Angeles' offensive charge by
going 2-for-4 with a homer and three runs scored.
Hanley Ramirez had a terrific all-around day, going 6-for-8 in the twinbill
with a home run and four RBI.
"Our offense (all day) was pretty good," Mattingly said. "It's a good sign and
I hope something of a trend."
Hoping that continues on Thursday will be righty Stephen Fife, who has lost
his last two starts. Fife fell to 1-2 on the year Friday in Pittsburgh, as he
surrendered two runs and eight hits in five innings.
Fife's lone win this season came against San Diego back on June 3, as he
allowed a run in 5 1/3 frames in his only other appearance against them.
San Diego has won five of its nine matchups with the Dodgers this season.
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