PADRES 4, MARLINS 1: Pete Smith drove in a run and combined with three relievers on a four-hitter to power San Diego.
Chris Gomez contributed a two-run single for the Padres, who have the best record in the league and are 10-4 on the road. The game marked the start of an 11-game road trip, the longest on San Diego's schedule.
The crowd of 14,562 was the smallest for a Marlins' home game since May 28, 1996. The loss marked the start of an 11-game homestand for Florida.
Smith allowed two hits and one run in 6 innings. Dan Miceli and Sterling Hitchcock followed before Trevor Hoffman pitched 1 scoreless innings for his seventh save.
Florida's Cliff Floyd homered leading off the first inning for the third time this season. It was his eighth homer and the Marlins' only hit until Edgar Renteria singled in the sixth.
Marlins rookie Brian Meadows, who had won his past three starts, allowed three runs and eight hits in 5 innings.