Odrisamer Despaigne stymied the Marlins offense early and they couldn't quite rally all the way back as the Padres take the game and the series.
Justin Upton led off the 2nd inning by belting a homerun to left center off of a 3-2 pitch giving San Diego the 1-0 lead. Yonder Alonso then hit a broken bat looping single into right field. Derek Norris struck out swinging, but then Jedd Gyorko blooped one just in front of Ichiro in right making it first and third with one out. Alexi Amarista then hit a deep enough ball to left field allowing Alonso to score from third and Gyorko to move to second, 2-0 Padres. Alonso was able to move to third on a wild pitch but Mat Latos got the pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne to strike out to end the threat.
The Fish had nothing going off of Despaigne until the top of the fifth, with J.T. Realmuto breaking up the no hitter with a single to right and Rojas follows up with a single of his own to the same spot. Latos bunts to sacrifice again and moves the runners up 2nd and 3rd with one out. Ichiro then hit a ball to left that wasn't terribly deep but Lenny Harris sent Realmuto anyway and the speedy catcher beat J. Upton's throw to the plate, 2-1 Padres. Despaigne would pitch through six innings giving up only the two hits and inducing 11 ground-ball outs along the way.
In the 6th inning Miguel Rojas made a great diving stop and throw to 1st base to nail Matt Kemp by a hair. Will Venable scored from third on the play making it 3-1 Padres. Rojas would have to leave the game an inning later, apparently straining his shoulder on the play. Latos' day was done after six innings as well, giving up the three runs on six hits, striking out five and walking none, doing nothing to really diminish his trade stock much like Haren a couple days back.
In the top of the 7th Realmuto would feature again, this time crushing a Brandon Mauer pitch to left field for a solo homerun, bringing our score to 3-2 Padres.
Bryan Morris would come in for Latos in the bottom of the 7th and pitched well, getting three outs on a ground ball and two strikeouts. In the 8th the Padres started squaring him up, Amarista hitting a deep drive to left that Derek Dietrich made a great play on, but Yangervis Solarte then tripled to deep center. Morris got Matt Kemp down on strikes but then J. Upton drew the walk. Yonder Alonso had already done plenty of damage in this series but would not do so here as Morris was able to get the ground-out.
Craig Kimbrel came in to close out the 9th for the third night in a row, and for the third night in a row he shut the Marlins down.
Of note, J.T. Realmuto went 2-4 single and a homerun and extended his hitting streak to eight games. Dee Gordon is tentatively set to return Tuesday, which would be particularly welcome news in light of Rojas' injury. The Marlins now limp home after a 3-7 road-trip in hopes that some home cooking does them some good. Next game is Tuesday in Miami against the Nationals, 7:10 EST.
Hero of the Game: Odrisamer Despaigne (+.177)
Goat of the Game: Mat Latos (-.190)
Play of the Game: Justin Upton homerun in the 2nd inning (+.136)