Miami was shut down by Padres starting pitcher Luis Perdomo for most of the game until Martin Prado lead off the sixth inning with a single to center. Perdomo lost control of the game after the hit, walking Christian Yelich on four pitches, followed by a Giancarlo Stanton RBI single that scored Prado and advanced Yelich to third.
Perdomo was pulled from the game but the Fish continued their onslaught as Marcell Ozuna was able to cut the deficit to one with a RBI double. J.T. Realmuto knocked in Stanton with a single of his own, which tied the game 3-3, and that was followed by a Justin Bour three-run home run that scored Ozuna and Realmuto to give Miami a 6-3 lead.
Tom Koehler pitched well for the Marlins and picked up his first victory of the year. The 30-year-old veteran gave up three earned runs on six hits while striking out seven. Yangervis Solarte recorded a RBI single to right field in the first inning --- scoring Manuel Margot --- and also was able to cross the plate in the fourth inning after a Hunter Renfroe home run. The Padres took a 3-0 lead all the way into the sixth inning when the Marlins offense exploded.
David Phelps, Brad Ziegler and A.J. Ramos were able to close the game out, allowing just one hit in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. Yelich added another run for Miami in the ninth after hitting a sacrifice fly to left that scored Dee Gordon. Gordon reached on a triple to right to leadoff the inning.
Miami improves to 10-8 on the season and will wrap up its road trip in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, before facing Pittsburgh at home next weekend. Wei-Yin Chen will look to continue his strong start to the season against Phillies’ strikeout king Vince Velasquez Tuesday night.
Hero of the Game: Marcell Ozuna (.174)
Villain of the Game: Craig Stammen (-.487)
Play of the Game: Justin Bour’s three-run homer (.185)