Miami Marlins closer A.J. Ramos was unable to secure another home victory for starter Jose Fernandez after coughing up a two-run lead late against the San Diego Padres; however, shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria came up clutch in the bottom half of the ninth when he delivered a walk-off home run to propel the Fish to a 5-2 victory.
Fernandez was shaky out of the gate as he loaded the bases in the first inning on a pair of singles and a walk. He was able to escape the inning unscathed after inducing an infield pop-up from Derek Norris.
The Marlins swung the momentum into their favor when they delivered back-to-back doubles from Ichiro Suzuki and Miguel Rojas to take the lead in the first. Derek Dietrich provided a sacrifice fly to extend the Marlins' lead to two.
Both Fernandez and Padres starter James Shields buckled down as they held their opponent's bats at bay from that point forward.
San Diego had another great chance to get on the board in the fifth when lead-off man Alexi Amarista tripled to open up the frame. Fernandez, however, tight-roped his way out of trouble by striking out Shields, getting Will Venable to fly out and setting Yangervis Solarte down on strikes with a sweeping 86-mph curveball.
In the sixth, Shields provided an escape act of his own when he got out of a first-and-third situation with one out. A reviewed out at the plate and a Jeff Mathis groundout got Shields out of the frame without any damage.
Both Fernandez and Shields exited after six innings of dominant work before making way for their respective bullpens.
Each bullpen did exactly what was expected of it as they kept the opposition off the board until the ninth.
In the ninth, Ramos couldn't seal the win as Amarista provided his second extra-base hit of the game in the form of a two-run shot to right field to tie things up two apiece.
With one out and two on in the bottom half of the ninth, Hechavarria ensured the game would not go into extras as he deposited a 1-0 slider from reliever Brandon Maurer over the left-center-field fence to send the Miami crowd into a frenzy.
Making a spot start, Rojas provided a spark in the spot start for the Fish as he finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
The victory helped the Marlins end a four-game skid entering the final series of their current nine-game homestand.