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The matchup of rookie left-handed starters went to the Miami Marlins in San Diego on Monday afternoon.
Miami’s Caleb Smith allowed one run on four hits over seven-plus innings while his teammates jumped Padres starter Eric Lauer for five runs in the first 14 hitters as the Marlins scored a 7-2 win.
Smith (4-5) issued one walk and struck out four while lowering his ERA to 3.51.
Lauer (1-3) was done after 2 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts. His ERA skyrocketed to 7.67. Nine of the 15 batters Lauer faced reached base.
The Marlins jumped on Lauer for four runs on five consecutive hits in the first.
Brian Anderson started the assault with a one-out double and scored on a single by Starlin Castro, who moved to third on a double by Justin Bour. Former Padre Cameron Maybin singled home Castro. After Maybin stole second, Yadiel Rivera singled home Bour and Maybin.
The Marlins’ fifth run off Lauer came in the third. Castro opened the inning with a double and scored on the second of three singles by Maybin, who paced Miami’s 15-hit attack.
Miami’s final runs came against Padres right-hander Bryan Mitchell in the ninth. Rivera opened the inning with his second single and scored on a two-out double by pinch hitter Derek Dietrich, who scored on Miguel Rojas’ second single.
The only run off Smith was Franmil Reyes’ 378-foot homer leading off the second. It was the second homer by the 6-foot-5, 275-pound Reyes since he was promoted from Triple-A El Paso on May 14.
The 26-year-old Smith equaled his longest start of the season, departing after pinch hitter Travis Jankowski opened the bottom of the eighth with a single. That snapped a string of 10 consecutive Padres retired since Freddy Galvis blooped a double into left.
Smith threw 103 pitches, with 59 going for strikes.
After Lauer departed, left-hander Robbie Erlin allowed no runs on four hits with no walks and three strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings for the Padres.
San Diego’s Christian Villanueva doubled in the ninth and scored on an infield single by Hunter Renfroe, who was activated from a rehab assignment with El Paso earlier in the day.
—Field Level Media