San Diego Padres

Padres take series from Marlins, lose Suarez to foreign substance violation

Reliever Robert Suarez was ejected for allegedly having a foreign substance on his left wrist during warmups in the eighth inning

When the San Diego Padres added veteran pitcher Seth Lugo before the season, not much was expected of the 33-year-old right-hander.

However, Lugo has exceeded all expectations, he's been a super pickup, stacking innings, picking up wins and a huge part of one of Major League Baseball's best starting staffs.

Lugo was rock solid again Wednesday, striking out 4, allowing just 3 hits and pitching 6 shutout innings against the Marlins in a 4-0 San Diego victory.

Facing Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara the Padres scored in the first inning as Ha-Seong Kim came home on a Juan Soto single for a 1-0 San Diego lead.

In the 6th, the Padres increased the advantage to 3-0 compliments of a 2-run homer by Xander Bogaerts. The 427-foot homer jumped off Bogaerts' bat and landed well beyond the wall in left-center field. It was Bogaerts' 14th home run of the season.

The Padres added a 4th run on an RBI single by Fernando Tatis Jr. in the 7th inning. With Garret Cooper on 2nd base, Tatis singled to right field and Cooper ran through a stop sign from 3rd base coach Matt Williams before sliding safely in to make it 4-0 Padres

Reliever Robert Suarez was ejected for allegedly having a foreign substance on his left wrist during warmups in the eighth inning. He'll be hit with a 10-game suspension, which he has the opportunity to appeal, according to MLB rules.

The Padres are off Thursday, then start a road trip with a Friday game in Milwaukee against the NL Central-leading Brewers.

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