Miami Marlins 5, San Diego Padres 2
Jose Fernadez looked well on his way to his fifth win of the season, exiting after six innings of work with his team up 2-0. He held the Padres to just four hits while striking out ten but Marlins closer A.J. Ramos couldn’t close to the door.
Derek Norris singled to lead off the ninth inning. After a Jedd Gyorko strikeout, Alexi Amarista took a 3-1 Ramos fastball up in the zone and drove it over the right field wall to tie it up at two all.
Brandon Maurer came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth for the Padres. A walk and a fielder’s choice but runners on first and second with one out. It was the 8th hole hitter for the Marlins turn to go deep. Adeiny Hechavarria took Maurer deep to center for the walk-off three-run home run.
Closer A.J. Ramos, after blowing the save, picked up the W. He has given up six runs in his last two appearances, both against the Padres.
After back-to-back doubles to lead off the first for the Marlins gave them a 1-0 lead, two batters later, Derek Dietrich‘s sac-fly pushed it to 2-0.
Marc Rzepczynski, who was acquired on Friday from the Indians (the Padres only trade deadline move), pitched the eighth, striking out two.
Padres take two of three from the Marlins as they continue their quest for a playoff spot. They have a favorable schedule over the next month, their next three opponents include the Brewers, Phillies and Reds.
Cory Spangenberg, who hasn’t played since June 27 with a left knee bruise, ran the bases on Sunday and will be with the Double-A San Antonio team this week.
The Padres will head to Milwaukee for a four game series against the Brew Crew.
First Pitch – 5:10 pm PT
Tyson Ross (7-8, 3.38 ERA) will open the series on the mound for the Padres. He’s allowed three ER or less in 20 out of 22 starts.
Wily Peralta (2-5, 3.90 ERA) toes the rubber for the Brewers. They’ve won 4 out of his last five starts.