Padres edged by Marlins in 10th inning

BY foxsports • July 29, 2012

MIAMI (AP) -- Miami native Yonder Alonso was in an 0-for-19 slump heading into the series against the Marlins. As family and friends watched, he broke out of the slide.

Alonso hit a tying, two-run homer in the eighth Sunday for the San Diego Padres, who went on to los to the Miami Marlins 5-4 in 10 innings.

"It's always a good thing when a player goes back to his hometown," Padres manager Bud Black said. "A lot of players enjoy that situation more than not."

Alonso was 5 for 13 with five RBIs in the series as the Padres lost two of three.

"It was good," Alonso said of the series. "Obviously I wish we had more wins, but for me personally it was pretty good. It was fun. I enjoyed it a lot. It was everything that I was hoping for."

With scouts from about a dozen teams watching, Marlins starter Josh Johnson tied a career high with six walks.

"He didn't pitch well, but they only scored two runs (off him)," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I think I have to give credit today to the bullpen. They did a tremendous job."

Johnson, the 2010 NL ERA champion, allowed one earned run and two hits in five innings with four strikeouts.

"Just a mess, but I found away to clean up, I guess," Johnson said. "I don't know how, but I made pitches when I needed to."

Miami, a disappointing 47-54 following a $191 million free-agent spending spree, already has dealt Hanley Ramirez, Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez in recent weeks and has discussed possible trades involving Johnson.

"We made a couple moves earlier; we had a couple of meetings yesterday and we didn't talk about him," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I hope they keep him, but this is a business and business happens for a reason."

He is 54-30 with a 3.13 ERA for Marlins over the past eight years and is signed through next season at $13.75 million annually.

"I'm pitching for this team, so that's all I'm worried about," Johnson said.

He also walked six against Toronto on June 18, 2006.

"You know, he's still here so that's good," Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes said. "I enjoy playing behind J.J."

Justin Ruggiano hit a game-ending single off Brad Brach (0-2) after Reyes doubled leading off the 10th and Carlos Lee was intentionally walked.

"I've had quite a few in the minors," Ruggiano said of the game-ending hit. "It feels the same. A walk-off is a walk-off no matter where you are. It's always a good feeling."

San Diego loaded the bases with two outs in the 10th against Ryan Webb (4-2), but Chase Headley flied out. The Padres stranded 14 runners -- two shy of their season high, set against the Marlins on May 4.

"We put three zeros up there in the seventh, eighth, and ninth and gave our guys a chance in a tight game," Black said. "We just didn't get the big knock."

San Diego starter Clayton Richard gave up two runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Mark Kotsay's RBI double in the third and Richard's sacrifice fly in the fourth built a 2-0 lead for the Padres, but the Marlins went ahead 4-2 in the sixth on Lee's sacrifice fly off Dale Thayer, Ruggiano's RBI single and Donnie Murphy's two-run triple over Kotsay in right.

Alonso' homer against Edward Mujica was a 410-foot drive to right.

"It was a sinker that stayed middle over the plate," Alonso said. "I was just trying to drive it."

NOTES: Padres closer Huston Street agreed to a $14 million, two-year contract through 2014. ... Marlins RHP Jacob Turner made his first start on Saturday for Triple-A New Orleans after being acquired from the Detroit Tigers last week. The former first-round pick got the win, allowing one run and two hits in five innings. ... The Padres will begin a four-game series at Cincinnati on Monday with RHP Edison Volquez (6-7, 3.30 ERA) starting against RHP Mike Leake (4-6, 4.12 ERA). The Marlins start an 11-game trip at Atlanta. LHP Mark Buehrle (9-9, 3.31 ERA) will start for the Marlins against RHP Tommy Hanson (11-5, 4.39 ERA).

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