SAN DIEGO (AP) — Miami’s Dan Haren has had to pitch before with trade rumors swirling around him.READ MORE: Florida Task Force 1 & 2 Demobilizing After Month-Long Deployment At Surfside Condo Collapse Site
But the veteran pitcher refused to use it as an excuse after allowing home runs to Matt Kemp, Yonder Alonso and Brett Wallace in the San Diego Padres’ 3-1 victory over the Marlins on Friday night.
Wallace hit his first homer with San Diego leading off the fourth to tie the game at 1-all. Alonso and Kemp hit back-to-back homers in the fifth to make it 3-1.
“It was very frustrating,” Haren said. “The Alonzo pitch I was OK with. It was a split but it was not my best pitch. The one I was most upset about was the one to Kemp. I just lost my focus there for a second and left one right middle up out over the plate.”
Asked about the persistent rumors that have him being one of the hot pitching commodities available before Friday’s trade deadline, Haren sloughed it off.
“It’s not my first time I have gone through this,” he said. “I keep up to date with some stuff but it is not fun for anybody especially having a family. I don’t really have any control over it. It’s like turbulence on a plane. There is nothing you can do about it.”
Haren has been traded four times in his career, including one deadline deal.
Haren allowed three runs and eight hits over six innings. He has given up five home runs in his last two starts after having allowed just two homers over a five-game stretch.
Haren has one win over his last nine starts.
Andrew Cashner (4-10) allowed a first-inning RBI double by Justin Bour, then clamped down on the Marlins as he ended their season-best three-game road win streak.
Joaquin Benoit pitched the eighth and Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs, including retiring Ichiro Suzuki on a grounder for the final out with runners on first and second. It was Kimbrel’s 27th save in 28 chances.
Cashner hadn’t pitched since July 8 because his last start on Sunday was rained out after he threw 4 2-3 innings. The right-hander, who lost eight of his previous 10 decisions, gave up five hits, struck out five and walked one.
The home runs by Alonso and Kemp came on consecutive pitches from Haren. It marked the first time the Padres have hit back-to-back homers since July 27, 2013, at Arizona.
“When I hit mine and the next pitch Matt hits his, we just felt that momentum of energy that we had stocked up just explode,” Alonso said.READ MORE: Issue Of Face Masks For Florida Students Drawing National Attention
Kemp, who also had a double, continued his recent hot streak. Over his last 12 games, Kemp is hitting .386 (15 for 44) with five homers, six doubles, 11 RBIs and seven multi-hit games.
The Padres snapped a three-game losing streak during which they were outscored 20-4 and had just 13 hits.
With his 20th start of the season Friday night, Haren has made 20 or more starts in 11 consecutive seasons. It’s the longest active streak in the majors.
With the three homers allowed Friday night, Haren ran his season total to 20. Since 2005, Haren’s first full season in the majors, he has allowed 20 or more home runs in 10 out of 11 seasons.
NORRIS’ SLUMP DEEPENS
Padres C Derek Norris does not have an RBI since June 28, a string of 58 at-bats. San Diego is 20-6 in games when Norris has an RBI.
Marlins: RF Giancarlo Stanton (left wrist fracture) has begun dry hitting. … 2B Dee Gordon (dislocated left thumb) is still on schedule to take batting practice this weekend at the team’s training camp facility at Jupiter, Florida.
Padres: LF Justin Upton (strained side muscle) returned to the starting lineup after missing fourth consecutive games.
Marlins: Not only is RHP David Phelps (4-6, 3.91 ERA) pitching against San Diego for the first time, he has only faced two Padres: Melvin Upton Jr. and Norris (3 ABs each).
Padres: RHP Ian Kennedy (5-9, 4.78) has continued to improve in his last six starts. Although his record in that stretch is only 2-4, his ERA is 2.97 despite allowing eight homers.MORE NEWS: Small Flotilla Leaves Miami For Cuba Despite Homeland Security Warning
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