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Marquis two-hits Pirates in Pittsburgh

Throughout Jason Marquis' 13-year career, the 34-year-old has tossed 162 2/3 innings against Pittsburgh, the most he has against any team. In 29 appearances, including 25 starts, the right-hander is 13-7 with a 3.71 ERA.

Marquis will get a chance to improve those numbers further on Tuesday, when he leads the Padres against the Pirates' A.J. Burnett in a rematch of an Aug. 11 meeting at PNC Park.

Marquis, who is 6-7 with a 4.08 ERA this year, got the better of Burnett earlier this month, as the Padres right-hander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He settled for a two-hit shutout, striking out four.

"He can be very efficient with the late life. You've got to get under that ball, or stay inside of it," said Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who managed Marquis three years ago in Colorado. "I've seen that, and it can be challenging, because you keep wanting to hit, but you don't hit anything hard. And you've really got to commit to getting that ball up and staying inside of it, and getting underneath it. Easier said than done, though.

"It's the late life, it's the late movement, staying off the barrel, staying down. A lot of ground balls from our side, and just not many balls squared up at all."

In that same meeting, the Padres tagged Burnett for five runs (four earned) over 5 2/3 innings. The 35-year-old struck out 10 hitters while walking two.

"I thought we did a really good job against Burnett," said Padres third baseman Chase Headley, who was one of two hitters to go deep in his club's 5-0 win. "He was tough, and I thought he had the best breaking ball that I'd seen all year, and he could throw it for strikes when he wanted to. I thought we put some really good at-bats against him. We were able to scratch a few out against him and we constantly had pressure on him."

Burnett, who is 15-4 with a 3.54 ERA, followed up that loss to San Diego by giving up six runs in a win over Los Angeles in his most recent outing.

Pirates: Hurdle happy with Bucs' response in St. Louis
Teams don't often endure 19-inning games, but the Pirates have gone through them in consecutive seasons. Last year's took place on July 26 in Atlanta, and ended in a heartbreaking loss when the winning run scored on a blown call at home plate. On Sunday, the Bucs beat the Cardinals, 6-3.

"I like the way we're growing up," Hurdle said. "I've said it before: I like the way we're walking, I like the way we're taking the field, I like the way we respond to adversity. We're not a perfect team ... but I think we're comfortable in our own skin. We know what we need to do well to win. We know what we need to avoid to keep ourselves out of bad situations.

"We just play the game. We don't overreact, we don't under-react, we react professionally, we react appropriately."

• Righty Kyle McPherson and lefty Justin Wilson, both of whom were recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, made their Major League debuts in relief against San Diego that evening. McPherson gave up one hit and struck out two while working the sixth and seventh innings, while Wilson notched three strikeouts and surrendered two hits in the eighth. The pitchers filled the spots of infielder Jordy Mercer, who was placed on paternity leave, and reliever Juan Cruz, who was designated for assignment.

Padres: Gregerson credits slider for scoreless streak
Luke Gregerson extended his scoreless streak to 19 consecutive outings (18 2/3 innings) on Monday. He hasn't allowed a run since July 3. Both Gregerson and manager Bud Black said that the righty's slider has been as effective lately as it has been at any time during the reliever's four seasons with the Padres.

"I've got a really good feel for it, and I don't mind throwing it pretty much at any point in time," Gregerson said. "It's been a confidence builder for me, especially last year, because I kind of lost it a little bit, but I feel like it's right back on point. I worked on it a lot last season and this offseason, and I don't think it was really until around the start of this season that I started to get the feel for it again."

• Righty Andrew Cashner is scheduled to make a rehab appearance on Tuesday for Triple-A Tucson in Fresno, while right-hander Anthony Bass will follow with an appearance in Tucson on Wednesday. Both are expected to throw about two innings.

Worth noting
• The Padres have won 16 of their last 19 games against the Pirates. San Diego has outscored the Bucs, 122-67, over that stretch. Since 2006, the Padres are 14-6 against the Pirates in San Diego. Comments