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Tuesday, July 3rd (All times eastern)

Florida Marlins (38-45) at San Diego Padres (47-34), 10:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Florida - Scott Olsen (6-6, 4.93) San Diego - Greg Maddux (7-4, 3.66)

(Sports Network) - The San Diego Padres shoot for their sixth win in seven games tonight when they play the second of four straight games against the Florida Marlins at Petco Park.

The Padres captured the opener of this set on Monday, 3-1, behind 6 2/3 scoreless innings by David Wells (4-5). Wells limited the Marlins to five hits while striking out a season-high six batters. All-Star Trevor Hoffman pitched a scoreless ninth for his 24th save in 26 chances.

Brian Giles scored twice for the Padres, who lead the NL West by one game over the Los Angeles Dodgers and managed just three hits yesterday.

Florida starter Sergio Mitre (2-4) went six innings, allowing three runs on three hits. Josh Willingham homered and Miguel Olivo went 3-for-4 for the Marlins, who have lost seven of nine.

Florida's Hanley Ramirez left in the third inning because of tightness in his left hamstring.

San Diego sends Greg Maddux to the hill tonight, and Maddux is coming off win number 340 of his career last time out. On Wednesday, the right-hander scattered one run and five hits over seven innings in a win over the Giants, improving to 7-4 on the year with a 3.66 earned run average.

Maddux faced the Marlins on May 4 and got a no-decision. In 39 career starts against the Marlins, Maddux has excelled, going 19-12 with six complete games and a 2.73 ERA.

Scott Olsen comes into tonight's start for Florida off a win against Pittsburgh on Thursday. Olsen allowed five runs on seven hits, but struck out 10 through six frames of a 9-7 victory that improved the left-hander to 6-6 on the year with a 4.93 ERA.

Olsen faced the Padres on May 6 and took his second loss of the year despite giving up only two runs (one earned) over 6 2/3 innings. Lifetime, he is 1-1 in two starts against San Diego with a 1.32 ERA.

The Padres and Marlins met for a three-game set at Florida in early May, with San Diego winning two of three. The clubs split six games last year.

07/03 10:42:14 ET


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