Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Justin Ruggiano singled home Jose Reyes with the
winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, as the Miami Marlins edged the
visiting San Diego Padres, 5-4, in the rubber match of a three-game series.
Reyes looped a leadoff double to left field off Brad Brach (0-2) and after
Carlos Lee was intentionally walked, Ruggiano won the game with a sharply hit
ground ball to left.
Ryan Webb (4-2), recalled from Triple-A New Orleans prior to the game, pitched
out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the 10th. Webb took the roster spot of
outfielder Logan Morrison, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with
right knee inflammation.
Donnie Murphy's two-run triple highlighted Miami's four-run sixth that
included another RBI single by Ruggiano.
Marlins starter Josh Johnson labored through five innings, matching a career
high with six walks. The right-hander, however, managed to limit the Padres to
two runs -- one earned -- on two hits.
Yonder Alonso tied the game with a two-run homer in the eighth for San Diego,
while starter Clayton Richard was tagged for two runs on five hits in 5 1/3
"Very seldom do rookies come in and make bold statements," Padres manager
Bud Black said of Alonso. "It happens, but the majority of the time it takes
some time for them to settle into the game."
Down 2-0, the Marlins moved ahead in the sixth. Miami put men on the corners
with singles by Emilio Bonifacio and Reyes, prompting a pitching change. Lee
put Miami on the board by driving Dale Thayer's first pitch to center for a
Reyes, who extended his hitting streak to a season-high 16 games, then stole
second and advanced to third when the throw deflected into center. He scored
on Ruggiano's two-out base hit. After Thayer intentionally walked Austin
Kearns, the Marlins took a 4-2 lead when Murphy tripled the other way to
But San Diego tied the game in the eighth as Alonso homered to right field off
Edward Mujica. The blast followed a leadoff single by Carlos Quentin.
The Padres plated a run in the third and fourth innings.
A two-out walk by Johnson to Alexi Amarista proved costly when Mark Kotsay
followed with an RBI double to right. Richard then helped his own cause by
lofting a sac fly after San Diego loaded the bases on two walks sandwiched
around an E6.
San Diego agreed to terms with closer Huston Street on a two-year contract
extension with a club option for 2015...The Marlins snapped a nine-game home
losing streak to the Padres on Saturday...San Diego was 2-for-11 with runners
in scoring position and left 14 men on base.
07/29 22:44:07 ET
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