The Marlins got a strong performance from starter Jose Urena and put runners on the bases on Saturday night, but they failed to score in a 1-0 loss to the Padres at Marlins Park.
Miami remained 1 1/2 games out of the second National League wild-card spot, however, as St. Louis lost to visiting Oakland.
Pittsburgh, however, pulled into a tie with Miami and the Mets are now just a game back of the Marlins and Pirates.
“Urena was good — again,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “We just weren’t able to put anything on the board.”
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Both teams had plenty of runners on base early, combining for eight hits, yet they were still scoreless in the fourth after stranding a total of eight.
But the Padres broke through with two outs in the fourth when Ryan Schimpf sent a Urena delivery into the Marlins’ bullpen beyond the right-field fence to make it 1-0.
“It was the difference in the game,” Urena said. “But something had to happen. That was a like a full count for him, and he was ready.”
Miami threatened in the eighth after Martin Prado singled. Dee Gordon came into run and moved to second with one out. But Gordon was stranded after Jeff Francoeur’s groundout to short.
The Padres loaded the bases in the ninth, but Fernando Rodney — acquired from San Diego on June 30 — struck out pinch-hitter Brett Wallace to end the threat.
Urena (2-5) went 5 2/3 innings, giving up four hits and striking out six. San Diego starter Clayton Richard (1-3) went seven innings, gave up eight hits and struck out three.
Prado finished with four hits for a team-high fourth time this season.
“As I’ve said, I don’t know where we would be without that guy,” Mattingly said. “He’s so steady and consistent. He’s that guy.”
Miami, also shut out 1-0 by the Royals to start the six-game homestand on Tuesday night, finished with nine hits and stranded eight in Saturday’s loss.
The finale of the three-game series is at 1:10 p.m. Sunday.
▪ After the game, Mattingly announced that Andrew Cashner wouldn’t be able to start against his former teammates on Sunday. Justin Nicolino was recalled from Triple A New Orleans and will get the start.
Cashner apparently has been bothered by a small blister on one of his fingers. Mattingly said he’s expected to make his next start on the upcoming trip.