Lowell Powers Marlins Past Padres

Mike Lowell powered the Florida Marlins past the San Diego Padres on Friday with two solo home runs, both off starter Jake Peavy. It was the only offense Florida would need as they cruised to a 3-1 victory.

"He did it all out there," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "It was Lowell 2, Padres 1."

Mike Lowell led off the fourth with a moon shot into the left field stands on a 3-1 pitch from Padres starter Jake Peavy. Two innings later he was at it again. Leading off the fourth inning, Lowell took a 0-1 pitch and smacked a laser that just cleared the outfield wall for his ninth home run of the season.

Peavy was thrown out in the seventh inning for hitting Marlins starter Carl Pavano. Pavano had hit slugger Brian Giles in the helmet an inning earlier and plate umpire Doug Eddings immediately tossed Peavy for his retaliation, coming on the first pitch of the at bat, and went to restrain Pavano.

"He felt he needed to throw me out, that's his call," said Peavy.

The Marlins tacked another run on in the eighth when Miguel Cabrera opened the inning with a single off Akinori Otsuka and Heep Sop Choi drove pinch runner Abraham Nunez in with a triple.

The sole Padres run came in the fifth. Jay Payton hit a one out single, moved to third on a Ramon Hernandez base hit and scored when Ramon Vasquez beat out a potential inning ending double play.

Phil Nevin was also ejected. Nevin took a call third strike in the sixth with Brian Giles on third base. Nevin tossed his helmet to the ground while arguing with Eddings.

Notes:

The opening series of the homestand features the second Teacher Appreciation Night of the year as the Padres give thanks to the nearly 30,000 San Diego County classroom teachers prior to the May 11 game against the Cincinnati Reds. Thousands of teachers are expected to be in attendance as the Padres continue the tradition of honoring San Diego's educators for the fourth consecutive year.

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