Dietrich's homer the highlight in tough loss

Marlins third baseman scores lone run against Padres

Dietrich's homer the highlight in tough loss

SAN DIEGO -- Petco Park will always be a special place for Derek Dietrich. The Marlins third baseman made his MLB debut in San Diego on May 8, 2013, and delivered his first big league hit that day, a single.

On Saturday night, Dietrich added another memory, with a home run in the seventh inning off Ian Kennedy. The drive to right, however, wasn't enough, as the Marlins were frustrated, yet again, in a 3-1 loss to the Padres.

"Any time you have a chance to come back to a park like this, a beautiful park, and it's where I made my debut," Dietrich said. "It's awesome."

Sentiment aside, the Marlins have now dropped two straight, and fell to 3-6 on the road trip. Still, they have a chance to salvage a four-game split Sunday.

"Hopefully, we can finish off the series tomorrow, get a win and go back home, and get rolling," Dietrich said.

The past two games have been highly frustrating. The Marlins were just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, and left eight on base. On Friday, it was more of the same, 1-for-10 with RISP, with nine stranded.

The Marlins have now dropped back-to-back games to the Padres, each by identical 3-1 scores. The pattern on Saturday mirrored that on Friday, an inability to come through with runners in scoring position.

"The old adage is, we're trying to do too much, or being a little too aggressive," Dietrich said. "But you have to be in those kinds of situations where the guy on the mound has a good fastball, and slider. Just stay within ourselves. Get the situational hitting done."

The Marlins had a shot to pull even in the seventh. Dietrich's homer to open the inning made it 2-1. J.T. Realmuto followed with a triple, putting the tying run 90 feet away with no outs.

Realmuto's triple

Kennedy was lifted for Brandon Maurer, who wiggled out of the jam.

With the infield in, Adeiny Hechavarria tapped to third. Pinch-hitter Casey McGehee lifted a soft liner to center, that Will Venable was able to snare while charging. Because it wasn't deep, Realmuto was held at third.

"That's the reason we pinch-hit Casey right there, because we felt confident about him getting the ball in the air, giving us a chance for the sac fly," manager Dan Jennings said. "The fact Venable was running in, it gave him a chance to get that throw off. We chose not to send him."

The threat was squashed when Cole Gillespie grounded to third.

"We just didn't get a lot of chances, other than that one," Dietrich said.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.