Padres 6, Marlins 2
MIAMI (AP) _ The Florida Marlins stole 10 bases _ one short of the modern NL record _ yet still lost to Stan Spencer and the San Diego Padres 6-2 Thursday night.
Luis Castillo and Cliff Floyd stole three bases and Mark Kotsay and Preston Wilson swiped two for the Marlins, who were 10-for-10 on steal attempts.
The post-1900 NL record of 11 was set by the New York Giants in 1912 and tied by St. Louis in 1916. The modern major league mark of 15 was set by the New York Highlanders, later the Yankees, in 1911.
The last time any team had 10 steals in a game was June 30, 1996, when Colorado did it against Los Angeles. The Marlins’ previous team record for stolen bases was six, done on two occasions.
A day after Castillo set a team record with four stolen bases in a game, the Marlins set a team mark by swiping four in the first inning. Castillo scored both runs after steals.
Ryan Klesko, who homered, and Al Martin each stole a base for the Padres. Bret Boone was caught stealing.
Spencer (1-1) won for the first time in 14 starts. He had not earned a victory since making his major league debut on Aug. 27, 1998, against Philadelphia, going 0-8 with a 7.20 ERA in that span.
Spencer pitched 6 1-3 innings, allowing two runs and five hits. He struck out six.
Florida loaded the bases in the seventh, but Donne Wall struck Wilson out to end the threat.
Klesko hit a solo home run for the Padres. Eric Owens hit a two-run single in the second inning and Ruben Rivera had a two-run single in the eighth.
Alex Fernandez (4-4), who missed his last start with a strained elbow ligament, was pitching for the first time since a May 6 win against the New York Mets.
Fernandez threw 29 pitches in the first inning alone, and struggled to get ahead of hitters. He gave up three runs and nine hits in five innings, and left after throwing 100 pitches.
Klesko’s eighth home run made it 3-1 in the fifth. The Marlins scored in the bottom half when Castillo singled, stole second and third and came home on Floyd’s single.
Castillo drew a leadoff walk in the first, stole second and scored on Floyd’s single.
Phil Nevin tripled home a run in the Padres ninth.
Notes: Marlins shortstop Alex Gonzalez has committed seven errors in the last 22 games. ... Florida reliever Dan Miceli had a 10-minute throwing session Wednesday and didn’t feel tightness in his right forearm. Manager John Boles said the right-hander could pitch in this weekend’s series against the Dodgers. ... It appears as if Marlins starter Ryan Dempster is a good-luck charm for the Miami Heat. Dempster has pitched and won on the same days the Heat has knocked off the New York Knicks in Games 1, 3 and 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series. ... Floyd tied a career high with two stolen bases, both in the first inning. ... Padres OF Tony Gwynn, who was 2-for-8 since coming off the disabled list, was given the night off. ... Klesko set a career high with his seventh stolen base of the season.