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Kennedy, subject of trade talk, pitches Padres past Marlins

SAN DIEGO (AP) Ian Kennedy, being mentioned in various trade scenarios, pitched six strong innings and the San Diego Padres defeated the Miami Marlins 3-1 on Saturday night.

Kennedy (6-9) allowed a run and five hits. He matched a season high with seven strikeouts and walked one. He also helped himself by hitting a double and scoring.

Kennedy has attracted interest from contending teams heading toward Friday's trading deadline.

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David Phelps (4-7) gave up two runs over six innings.

Derek Dietrich opened the seventh with a home run, slicing the Marlins' deficit to 2-1. J.T. Realmuto followed with a triple and that chased Kennedy.

Reliever Brandon Maurer came in and stranded the tying run when Adeiny Hechavarria and Cole Gillespie grounded out to third and pinch-hitter Casey McGehee flied out.

Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 28th save in 29 chances.

The Padres added a run in the seventh when Melvin Upton Jr. drove in Clint Barmes with a pinch-hit single.

Kennedy had gone through a stretch where he dropped four of five starts before beating the Giants in his previous outing.

Kennedy escaped a jam in the first when the Marlins had runners on the corners by Michael Morse.

In the second, Kennedy doubled and Will Venable hit an RBI single.

Yonder Alonso had a sacrifice fly in the Padres first.

TRAINERS ROOM

Marlins: RHP Henderson Alvarez (shoulder) will consult with Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday after aggravating his injury in a rehabilitation start. Surgery is a possibility. ... 2B Dee Gordon (thumb) is taking batting practice and could go on a rehab assignment on Tuesday.

Padres: RHP Brandon Morrow (shoulder) was to start for Triple-A El Paso on Saturday. C Tim Federowicz (knee) was to catch Morrow. ... OF Wil Myers (wrist) took 40 swings with a short bat as he continues his rehab.

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