SAN DIEGO — San Diego Padres left-hander Clayton Richard did his best to try to keep with up Mark Buehrle.
With the game tied in the eighth inning Saturday night, Richard blinked first and it cost the Padres.
Buehrle threw a complete-game five-hitter and pinch hitter Greg Dobbs drove in the go-ahead run to lift the Miami Marlins to their season-high fifth straight victory with a 4-1 win over San Diego.
With a bullpen depleted due to overuse recently and closer Heath Bell getting demoted, Miami manager Ozzie Guillen was counting on Buehrle to pitch deep in the game, and he delivered.
Richard was staying right with Buehrle, with whom he played with in his first two major league seasons (2008-09) with the Chicago White Sox. But the Marlins rallied for two runs off Richard in the inning.
“It’s disappointing I wasn’t able to come through in the eighth,” Richard said.
Jose Reyes led off the inning with a walk and Emilio Bonifacio followed with an infield single. After Dale Thayer replaced Richard, Ramirez reached on a fielder’s choice, Greg Dobbs pinch-hit for Austin Kearns and singled to center for a 2-1 lead. Omar Infante then hit a sacrifice fly.
“The frustrating thing was walking Reyes,” Richard said. “That’s what I had control over, making pitches there and I didn’t do it.”
Richard (1-4) gave up three runs and nine hits over seven innings. The left-hander struck out seven and walked three.
Buehrle (2-4) allowed one run and five hits with two walks and three strikeouts in a game that lasted 2 hours, 18 minutes one day after the teams played a 12-inning game that lasted 4:45.
Buehrle, one of the Marlins’ key offseason free-agent signings, threw his first complete game since Oct. 2, 2010, with the Chicago White Sox. Buehrle was coming off his shortest start of the season, a five-inning stint in a 9-5 loss against Arizona.
Infante, who doubled in the go-ahead run in Friday’s 9-8 win in 12 innings, doubled and had two RBIs.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo homer in the ninth and Hanley Ramirez, who came into the game hitting just .198, had three hits.
After two of the NL’s lowest-scoring teams combined for 17 runs and 24 hits on Friday night, the clubs reverted to their previous form.
Ramirez led off the Marlins’ fourth with a one-out single, but was thrown out going to third base on Kearns’ single. Infante followed with a run-scoring double.
Chase Headley tied the score in the sixth on an RBI single that scored Jesus Guzman, who doubled.
Notes: Buehrle has 28 complete games. … Padres closer Huston Street was placed on the 15-day DL with a strain near his pitching shoulder. The team announced the move Saturday, saying Street has a strained right lat. … Marlins LF Logan Morrison was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight game with a sore right knee. … San Diego selected the contract of RHP Miles Mikolas from Double-A San Antonio and transferred INF Logan Forsythe from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL. Mikolas made his major-league debut in the ninth inning. … Miami optioned OF Bryan Petersen and rookie LHP Dan Jennings to Triple-A New Orleans on Saturday. The Marlins recalled RHP Chris Hatcher and RHP Sandy Rosario from New Orleans. … RHP Ricky Nolasco (3-0, 2.76) will oppose RHP Joe Wieland (0-4, 4.91) in the three-game finale on Sunday.