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Dietrich's homer the highlight in tough loss

Marlins third baseman scores lone run against Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Petco Park will always be a special place for Derek Dietrich. The Marlins third baseman made his MLB debut in San Diego on May 8, 2013, and delivered his first big league hit that day, a single.

On Saturday night, Dietrich added another memory, with a home run in the seventh inning off Ian Kennedy. The drive to right, however, wasn't enough, as the Marlins were frustrated, yet again, in a 3-1 loss to the Padres.

"Any time you have a chance to come back to a park like this, a beautiful park, and it's where I made my debut," Dietrich said. "It's awesome."

Sentiment aside, the Marlins have now dropped two straight, and fell to 3-6 on the road trip. Still, they have a chance to salvage a four-game split Sunday.

"Hopefully, we can finish off the series tomorrow, get a win and go back home, and get rolling," Dietrich said.

The past two games have been highly frustrating. The Marlins were just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, and left eight on base. On Friday, it was more of the same, 1-for-10 with RISP, with nine stranded.

The Marlins have now dropped back-to-back games to the Padres, each by identical 3-1 scores. The pattern on Saturday mirrored that on Friday, an inability to come through with runners in scoring position.

"The old adage is, we're trying to do too much, or being a little too aggressive," Dietrich said. "But you have to be in those kinds of situations where the guy on the mound has a good fastball, and slider. Just stay within ourselves. Get the situational hitting done."

The Marlins had a shot to pull even in the seventh. Dietrich's homer to open the inning made it 2-1. J.T. Realmuto followed with a triple, putting the tying run 90 feet away with no outs.

Video: MIA@SD: Realmuto legs out a triple on deep drive

Kennedy was lifted for Brandon Maurer, who wiggled out of the jam.

With the infield in, Adeiny Hechavarria tapped to third. Pinch-hitter Casey McGehee lifted a soft liner to center, that Will Venable was able to snare while charging. Because it wasn't deep, Realmuto was held at third.

"That's the reason we pinch-hit Casey right there, because we felt confident about him getting the ball in the air, giving us a chance for the sac fly," manager Dan Jennings said. "The fact Venable was running in, it gave him a chance to get that throw off. We chose not to send him."

The threat was squashed when Cole Gillespie grounded to third.

"We just didn't get a lot of chances, other than that one," Dietrich said.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.
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