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Common goal helps Marlins remain consistent

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SAN DIEGO -- At the rate they were going, it was inevitable the Marlins were due for an offensive letdown. It happened on Friday night in a lopsided 10-1 loss to the Padres at Petco Park.

The objective now for the Marlins is not to let scoring droughts become habit forming.

Aside from Marcell Ozuna's home run, Miami didn't manage much at the plate.

Before getting blown out in the second of four games at Petco Park, the Marlins had won nine of 10, including a season-high five straight. In that span, they outscored their opponents 52-27.

The Marlins were averaging 9.6 hits a game, and surrendering 6.8 hits.

What the club has been successful doing the first six weeks of the season is being able to turn the page and move forward.

"We're sticking to that plan, and not putting too much pressure on ourselves," first baseman Garrett Jones said. "Just giving it all on the field. We all have that similar goal, and that's win, win, win at all cost. And to put individual stats and individual numbers aside and find a way to win that day.

"We're definitely coming together. We have good chemistry, which helps. It was a quick transition with the new guys coming in. Everybody meshes well. We all have one goal in mind, and that's to win ballgames and continue to have fun out there."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter Less

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