MIAMI — Adam Conley and Chris Reed gave Miami a chance. The Marlins just wasted their solid relief performances.
Conley and Reed each threw two scoreless innings, but Miami's rally fizzled in a 5-3 loss to the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.
"A great sign to see those two kids come up and fill in when we needed it," Marlins manager Dan Jennings said. "We needed some innings in that bullpen and they did a great job."
Odrisamer Despaigne pitched six solid innings for San Diego, which has won seven of eight and 12 of 16. Yangervis Solarte and Matt Kemp each had two hits and drove in a run.
"The security guard from Miami told me, 'I've never seen anything like this. If they do 'Major League 4,' you guys could be 'Major League 4,'" Padres interim manager Pat Murphy said. "We're having fun and the guys are believing."
Craig Kimbrel, who allowed a tying solo homer in Friday's 8-3 win that sent the game to extra innings, pitched a perfect ninth for his 31st save in 33 chances.
"I'm witnessing a team that's coming together and starting to believe a little bit," Murphy said. "We've got a lot in front of us, we're a long way from being where we want to be, but it's kind of cool to see it."
Despaigne (5-7) allowed two runs and five hits in his second straight win against Miami. He also pitched six innings in a 3-2 victory over the Marlins last Sunday.
"The runs he gave up I think were runs that a lot of great pitchers would give up in that situation," Murphy said. "Nothing was hit that hard."
San Diego grabbed control with four runs in the third inning against Jose Urena (1-5), extending its lead to 5-0. Solarte hit an RBI triple and scored on Kemp's sacrifice fly. Derek Norris' double and an error by left fielder Derek Dietrich brought home two more runs.
"I just had trouble locating the pitches in the zone and that ended up costing me," Urena said.
The Marlins cut the deficit to 5-2 in the fifth on back-to-back RBI singles by Donovan Solano and Dee Gordon.
Justin Bour had a run-scoring fielder's choice for Miami in the seventh, but recently acquired Marc Rzepczynski got the final two outs of the inning in his Padres debut.
"It was just going out there getting the adrenaline going trying to prove to a new team that you can do your job," Rzepczynski said.
Joaquin Benoit then retired all three batters he faced in the eighth before Kimbrel finished.
Reed allowed one hit in his major league debut. He became just the fifth major league player since 1970 to be born in England.
Padres: RHP Brandon Morrow (shoulder inflammation) had another setback when he felt discomfort during his latest bullpen session. ... C Tim Federowicz (right knee) was activated from the 60-day disabled list and was designated for assignment. ... 2B Cory Spangenberg (bruised left knee) is expected to begin a rehab assignment next week.
Marlins: All-Star RF Giancarlo Stanton (left wrist) is still working his way back after having surgery on June 28, and the process has gone slower than expected. "Definitely slower," Stanton said. "That's the generation of your whole swing is that turnover (with) your hand and your wrist. I know what a sore wrist feels like and now with a broken hand and the sore wrist, it takes a little longer." There is no timetable for his return following the original diagnosis of being sidelined for four to six weeks.
Padres: RHP James Shields (8-4, 3.77 ERA) is 1-4 with a 4.01 ERA in his last 10 starts, but has been much better over his last three with a 1-1 mark and 2.12 ERA.
Marlins: RHP Jose Fernandez (4-0, 2.53 ERA) is looking to improve to 16-0 at home in his career with Miami when he takes the mound Sunday. Fernandez has a 1.17 ERA in 22 career home starts, which is the lowest through a pitcher's first 22 home starts since 1920.