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Nolasco Fans 10, Marlins Beat Padres 5-0

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - Ricky Nolasco struck out 10 and combined with three relievers on a three-hitter Wednesday, leading the Florida Marlins to a 3-0 win over the punchless San Diego Padres that completed a three-game sweep.

Chris Coghlan hit a two-run homer off Heath Bell in the ninth and Jeremy Hermida connected leading off the second against Josh Geer. It was the major league-leading 24th home run allowed by Geer, who has allowed a homer in eight straight starts.

The Padres are 12-33 since June 1, the worst record in the majors over that stretch. They had five rookies in Wednesday's lineup, including Geer (1-6), and were booed after leaving the bases loaded in the seventh.

San Diego was 1-6 on this homestand against Colorado and Florida. The visitors finished with 33 runs and 60 hits while the Padres had 12 runs and 42 hits.

Nolasco (7-7) allowed two hits in 6 1-3 innings and walked three. He had the listless Padres off balance from the start, striking out the side in the first inning, sandwiched around a two-out walk to Adrian Gonzalez. He struck out two more in the second, when he allowed a one-out single to rookie Kyle Blanks.

After Blanks' single, Nolasco retired 14 straight until Gonzalez walked leading off the seventh. Nolasco struck out Kevin Kouzmanoff for the third straight time, then departed after allowing a single to Drew Macias and walking Blanks.

Brendan Donnelly entered and retired Luis Rodriguez on a popup to shortstop before pinch-hitter Chase Headley looked at a called third strike.

Nolasco earned his fifth win in six decisions.

Geer lost his third consecutive start and fifth straight decision. He allowed two runs and six hits in six innings.

Hermida homered down the right-field line on a 1-2 pitch, his 11th of the year. Coghlan's homer to right-center was his fourth.

Dan Uggla hit an RBI single in the sixth, and Florida scored a run on a throwing error by San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera in the eighth.

NOTES: Kouzmanoff struck out four times. ... The Padres were to fly after the game to Washington, where they'll play a weekend series. On Thursday, though, they'll bus to Philadelphia to make up a game rained out on April 20. That was back when the Padres were 9-4. ... The Marlins, meanwhile, will spend their day off Thursday in San Diego and bus to Los Angeles on Friday for the opener of a three-game series against the Dodgers. ... The Padres-Nationals series will feature the NL's two worst teams. ... All three Marlins starters earned wins this series. ... Gonzalez's batting average has dropped 43 points since June 2, from .292 to .249. He's hitting .197 since June 2, with three homers, 11 RBIs and 38 walks.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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