SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 4: Chase Headley #7 of the San Diego Padres hits a solo home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets at Petco Park on August 4, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
If there was any one game in the series the Padres should have been most worried about, it was yesterday's matchup against A.J. Burnett, who has been unbeatable at PNC Park this season. Our Padres got on the board in the first inning when Chase Headley hit his third home run in as many at-bats this series. Headley added on to his RBI total in the 3rd when he hit an RBI groundout to bring home Cabrera, who had tripled earlier in the inning.In the fourth, Will Venable reached 2nd base on an error and came home on a Cameron Maybin RBI single to make it 3-0. Venable scored again in the 6th on a solo shot. Then Marquis helped his own cause by hitting a 2-out single, followed by a single by Alexi Amarista. Burnett then threw a wild pitch and walked Everth Cabrera to load the bases. Headley drew another walk to bring home another run, upping his RBI total to eight in the series.
Marquis really only needed one of those runs, however. He was lights-out in his eighth start of the season. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but then allowed a single to the leadoff hitter, though many believe it should have been recorded as an error by Amarista. Marquis gave up another leadoff single in the eighth, but got the next batter to ground into a double play to eliminate any threat. He gave up no more hits for the remainder of the game and finished with a 2-hit 1-walk complete game shutout. It was his sixth career shutout and eighth career complete game. It gave our Padres their sixth straight win, eleventh straight win at PNC Park, and second straight series win.