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Marlins, muggy weather sink Padres' Jones
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05/07/2002 11:48 pm ET 
Marlins, muggy weather sink Padres' Jones
By Sandy Burgin / MLB.com

Ben Howard struck out and he bat flew out of his hands and into the dugout. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
MIAMI -- For Bobby Jones, it wasn't the heat, but the humidity that did him in Tuesday night.

Jones, who has had trouble with the muggy weather here in South Florida, was touched up for eight runs and didn't get out of the second inning as the Florida Marlins pinned a 12-4 loss on Jones and the Padres.

Game time temperature was 83 degrees with the humidity at 62.

"I've had some rough games here," Jones said. "You get used to throwing the ball with a dry hand and you go out there and get moisture. If you're a touch and feel guy ... I just had no command in the strike zone or out of the strike zone. When I was missing, I was missing bad."

Jones threw 73 pitches, 47 for strikes in 1 2/3 innings.

"It was just about a full workout," said Jones. "And then you start throwing that many without a rest, it probably effects you as much. I wasn't tired, but I was throwing out there with a wet hand. I have no feel doing that."

Jones (3-2) is already looking toward his next outing in Atlanta on Sunday.

"There's probably going to be some humidity in Atlanta too, so I don't know. I get five days to figure that out," Jones said.

Atlanta is the site of Jones' shortest stint in his career when he failed to get a batter out and faced eight men on Sept. 17, 1997 when he pitched for the Mets.

Ryan Dempster didn't have any such problems for the Marlins Tuesday night, although he has had his share of bad luck.

Dempster snapped an 11-game winless streak, collected his first victory since Sept. 2, 2001 and his first home win since Aug. 11, 2001.

Dempster (1-3) pitched 6 1/3 innings and is now 4-0 against the Padres.

Padres manager Bruce Bochy didn't blame the heat or the humidity, but did think that Jones and the rest of his squad was "flat" and "lethargic" for some reason.

"Bobby had an off night for sure," Bochy said. "But for some reason I've seen it before a day off and a travel day and we seemed flat and kind of lethargic out there. Not just Bobby, but quite a few of us."

    Ryan Klesko   /   OF
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 220
Bats/Throws: L/L

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Ryan Klesko was the only Padre with more than one hit. He had a single and a double, drove in a run and scored a run when he ran through Tim Flannery's hold-up sign in the sixth. Bubba Trammell hit his second home run of the season in the ninth.

Preston Wilson once again proved to be a nemesis to the Padres. Wilson had three hits, including two doubles and drove in a pair of runs. Wilson has a hit in each of the last eight games against the Padres. Over the eight games, Wilson is batting .621 (18-for-29). He has also hit in 12 of his last 14 games against the Padres dating back to May 16, 2000, batting .469 (23-for49) over those games.

"Obviously we're not making very good pitches to him," said Bochy. "I don't know how to say it. He's hit us well. We have to do a better job there. Really everyone was hitting us tonight."

Even former Padres Eric Owens got into the act hitting his first home run of the season off Padres reliever Ben Howard, who also gave up a solo homer to Cliff Floyd.

Howard came on in relief of Jones in the second and stayed out there for 4 2/3 innings. Howard gave up five hits and four runs. He walked six and struck out five.

    Phil Nevin   /   1B
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 231
Bats/Throws: R/R

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He also nearly injured Phil Nevin. Howard struck out swinging in the third inning and he bat flew out of his hands and into the dugout. Nevin, trying to get out of the well, fell down, but as Bochy noted "it was just a glancing blow. He (Nevin) is fine."

With the victory, the Marlins improved their record to 17-15, the same mark as the Padres.

Rehab Update
Reliever Tom Davey (shoulder surgery) was scheduled to pitch for the second day in a row Tuesday night for the Triple-A Portland Beavers. Davey, who may be activated May 13 when the Padres return home from their six-game road trip, allowed one hit in an inning of work on Monday night. In five games (four starts) at Class-A Lake Elsinore, Davey was 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA. Because it is a major league rehab assignment, no additional roster moves were necessary to accommodate Davey.

Farm Report
Portland right-handed pitcher Dave Lundquist has been named the Pacific Coast League winner of the Rolaids Relief Man competition for the month of April. Lundquist, 28, compiled 22 points on eight saves and a 0-1 record. After allowing three runs in his first outing of the season, Lundquist reeled off saves in eight of his next 11 appearances in April. The right-hander was second on the team with seven saves in 2001. He has 28 for his career.

Sandy Burgin covers the Padres for MLB.com and can be reached at sandyburgin@hotmail.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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