Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 8/21)

Game 1: Friday, August 20
San Diego6
Game 2: Saturday, August 21
San Diego2
Game 3: Sunday, August 22
San Diego3

Marlins 8

(61-60, 30-33 away)

Padres 2

(65-57, 33-32 home)

    10:05 PM ET, August 21, 2004

    Petco Park, San Diego, California 

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    W: J. Beckett (5-7)

    L: A. Eaton (8-11)

    Beckett pitches solid six, drives in run

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- With the way Josh Beckett was pitching, Jack McKeon had no intention of taking him out for a pinch hitter in the sixth inning.

    Beckett pitched six strong innings for his first victory in over three months and drove in his first run of the season with an RBI double, leading the Marlins to an 8-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.

    "I just had a feeling that he'd get a hit. That's why I let him bat," McKeon said. "Even if we didn't score then, I figured we'd still get two more good innings out of him."

    Beckett (5-7) allowed two runs on six hits, struck out six and walked three in his first win since May 20.

    "It's nice to get a win," Beckett said. "But I'm worried more about us getting wins as a team."

    The Marlins' biggest star during last year's World Series run has had a tough season. He was 0-4 in his previous eight starts, and went on the disabled list during that span for the third time this season -- from July 6-29 -- with a skin tear on his middle right finger.

    "I pitched well enough to win my last three starts," Beckett said. "But I wasn't fortunate in that things happened. I made a couple of mistakes that cost us runs."

    McKeon credited Beckett with a line of strong starts.

    "He's pitched good even when he's been beat," McKeon said. "He's kept the score down and given us a chance. He's been pretty much consistent."

    Juan Pierre and Jeff Conine homered and Miguel Cabrera tied his career high with four hits for the Marlins.

    "To extend the lead in these kind of games is very important right now," said Conine, who hit a three-run blast in the seventh for his 10th homer. "We've got to win them all. That's got to be our attitude."

    The Marlins took a 4-2 lead in the sixth. Juan Encarnacion led off with his second double of the game. Adam Eaton struck out the next two batters before Beckett doubled.

    "He hit my bat (with the pitch)," Beckett said. "I don't claim to be a good hitter. I got lucky and put it where they weren't."

    Pierre followed with his third homer of the season.

    "With Beckett, it was a cutter that didn't move too much," Eaton said. "And obviously an inside fastball to Pierre, and I didn't get it in at all."

    Eaton (8-11) gave up five runs -- four earned -- and 11 hits in six-plus innings for his third straight loss to the Marlins.

    "When you're going against Beckett, you're going to have to play your best ball and pitch well," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "We just let it get away there."

    Conine added a three-run homer off Blaine Neal in the seventh to make it 7-2.

    Paul Lo Duca's RBI single in the eighth gave Florida an 8-2 lead.

    The Marlins scored an unearned run in the third to go up 1-0.

    After a one-out single by Lo Duca, center fielder Freddy Guzman misplayed a single by Cabrera, who went 4-for-5, to put runners at second and third. Lo Duca then scored on a groundout by Mike Lowell.

    Guzman responded by scoring the tying run in the bottom of the third, when he hit his second single of the game and came home on a two-out double by Brian Giles.

    Khalil Greene's 10th homer of the season put the Padres ahead 2-1 in the fourth.

    Game notes

    Eaton has given up a team-high 24 homers on the season, including nine in his last five starts. ... Guzman singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to four games, dating to when he was promoted on Tuesday from Triple-A Portland. ... The Padres' Mark Loretta was hit near his left elbow by the first pitch that he faced. He remained in the game after being examined by assistant trainer Jim Daniel. ... The Padres set a Petco Park record for single-game attendance with a crowd of 44,149, their 20th sellout of the season. ... RHP Steve Watkins made his major league debut for the Padres in the eighth.

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