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Marlins struggle in defeat in San Diego

By BERNIE WILSON

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SAN DIEGO — Jurickson Profar hit a home run and reliever Jeremiah Estrada extended his strikeout streak to 13 consecutive batters, a club record in the expansion era, as the San Diego Padres beat the Miami Marlins 4-0 on Tuesday night for their third consecutive win.

Estrada reached his milestone by throwing out the team in the ninth inning. He celebrated by pounding his chest and glove and blowing a kiss to the sky. A few minutes later, he got a Gatorade shower from his teammates.

Knuckleballer Matt Waldron threw seven impressive innings – his longest innings in the major leagues – to take the win.

The Padres' winning streak follows five straight home losses, including a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies, who have the NL's second-worst record, and two games in which they were overwhelmed by the New York Yankees, who have the AL's best record. The Marlins have the NL's worst record. The Padres have just a 13-18 record at home.

Profar continues to have a great season after signing a one-year, $1 million contract to return to the Padres.

He hit a home run against Jesús Luzardo with one out in the first inning and Fernando Tatis Jr. on board with a single, the ball sailing over the outstretched glove of leaping center fielder Jazz Chisholm Jr. It was his eighth home run.

The Padres hit three consecutive singles with one out in the fifth inning, with Profar's base hit bringing in Luis Arraez, who was traded from Miami to San Diego on May 4.

Donovan Solano had three hits, including an RBI double in the eighth.

Waldron (3-5) held the Marlins to six hits, struck out eight and did not allow a walk.

Luzardo (2-4) allowed seven hits in six innings. He struck out four times and walked two.

The Padres held a moment of silence for Bill Walton, the Basketball Hall of Famer and San Diego native who died of cancer on Monday at age 71. An image showing a smiling Walton in a Padres jersey with his arms raised and a baseball in his right hand before throwing out his ceremonial first pitch in 2012 was shown on the big screen. A psychedelic image reminiscent of his love of the Grateful Dead was shown in the background.

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