Johnson’s RBI double in 9th lifts Marlins past Padres, 7-6
MIAMI (AP) — Chris Johnson’s run-scoring ground-rule double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth gave the Miami Marlins a 7-6 win over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.
The Marlins scored three runs in the eighth to tie it before Johnson gave the Marlins their third walk-off win of the season. Johnson hit a deep fly ball to right-center field that took one bounce before landing in the Marlins’ bullpen. Center fielder Travis Jankowski converged on the ball, but was unable to make the catch.
Martin Prado, Christian Yelich, and Marcell Ozuna each drove in two runs for the Marlins.
Luis Sardiñas homered and drove in four runs and Ryan Schimpf also homered for the Padres.
Fernando Rodney (2-3) pitched an inning in relief to pick up the win.
Brandon Maurer (0-4) blew the save in the eighth and lost it in the ninth, allowing four hits and one run in one inning.
San Diego starter Jarred Cosart allowed two runs and five hits over five innings in his first appearance against his former club where he spent parts of the last three seasons. He was traded to San Diego in a seven-player deal involving pitcher Andrew Cashner on July 29.
The Marlins scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to tie the score at 6-6. Maurer entered with the bases loaded and gave up a two-run single to Prado and an RBI single to Yelich. It was Maurer’s fifth blown save in 11 chances.
Miami starter David Phelps allowed four runs and two hits with three walks in 3 2/3 innings
Sardinas, who was 1 for 8 coming in, had a three-run double and a home run — his third in 115 career games.
Ozuna’s RBI double and Yelich’s RBI groundout gave the Marlins a 2-0 lead.
The Padres took the lead with a four-run fourth keyed by Sardiñas’ bases-clearing double as nine men went to the plate. An error by Phelps covering first base on a grounder gave the Padres a 4-2 lead and ended his night.
Schimpf’s home run, his 15th, into the upper deck in right field pushed the lead to 5-2. His 15 home runs are tied for the fifth-most by a Padres rookie.
Sardiñas made it 6-2 with a solo homer in the fifth.
The Marlins pulled within three on Ozuna’s RBI single in the seventh.
PADRES PITCHERS WITH MARLINS TIES
Cosart is one of four active San Diego pitchers that were with the Marlins during spring training.
Edwin Jackson and Paul Clemens both pitched for the Marlins this season while Brad Hand was claimed off waivers in April after being designated for assignment.
“It’s different I’m sure, but that’s how this game is,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “It’s funny. It’s really weird, but I think sometimes you get kind of connected with a team front office-wise with deals that go that direction or you get a relationship going and things kind of happen.”
Padres: RHP Tyson Ross (right shoulder) made a rehab start with Class-A Lake Elsinore on Thursday allowing four runs in 2/3 of an inning. “When we look at Tyson the only thing that really matters is health,” manager Andy Green said. I don’t really read too much into rehab starts. . I think he’s going to throw another start in the minor leagues before he pitches for us.” ... LHP Christian Friedrich will be skipped in the rotation to give him rest. ... CF Jon Jay (forearm) took swings inside the batting cage on Friday and is eyeing an early September return.
Padres: LHP Clayton Richard (0-3, 4.44) will start Saturday’s game. Richard is 0-2 with a 1.64 ERA in two starts this season.
Marlins: RHP Jose Urena (2-4, 6.33) will make his sixth start of the season. Urena picked up his first victory as a starter this season in his last start at Pittsburgh allowing two runs in six innings.