San Diego at Miami

Amarista's pinch-hit home run helps Padres bury Marlins wire reports

MIAMI -- Alexi Amarista was glad to get an opportunity to play on his birthday, even if he had to wait six innings.

Amarista celebrated his 25th birthday by delivering a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning to lift the San Diego Padres to a 4-2 victory against the Miami Marlins on Sunday.

"I was happy," Amarista said. "Instead of me getting gifts from my teammates, I gave a gift to the team. After all that we went through this series, to get a 'W' the way we did and come through on my birthday is something I'm not going to forget."

Will Venable and Tommy Medica singled with one out in the seventh. Nathan Eovaldi was able to get Yasmani Grandal to ground out before Amarista came to plate.

Batting for pitcher Ian Kennedy, Amarista drove the ball over the right-field wall on the ninth pitch of the at-bat for a 3-1 lead.

"He's a little guy, but he's got a little sock on the pull side," Padres manager Bud Black said.

Amarista, a center fielder, was held out of the starting lineup, but came through when he got his chance.

"Some guys were giving me a hard time, you always play a guy on his birthday," Black said. "We didn't start him, but he sort of showed me I guess."

Kennedy (1-1) was sharp, using his fastball and curveball as he allowed one run and three hits in six innings. He struck out five before exiting in favor of Amarista.

"It's a good birthday gift for him," Kennedy said. "If he does that every single time, that's pretty awesome."

Four relievers then helped the Padres end a four-game losing streak, including two against the Marlins to begin the series. Huston Street pitched the ninth for his second save.

"No doubt it was a good win. You hate to leave on a loss, especially a sweep," Black said.

Eovaldi (1-1) held the Padres scoreless through six. Eovaldi struck out eight, which tied a career high.

"I definitely didn't see that coming," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "Eovaldi pitched a great game and deserved better than that, but sometimes that's the way it goes."

The Marlins completed their opening homestand with a 5-2 record.

"The goal is to try to win every series and we were able to do that," Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee said. "We had a chance to go for a sweep today. We had our chances, but now we have to go on the road and try to keep the momentum going."

Miami got a run back in the bottom of the seventh with Jeff Baker's pinch-hit RBI double.

San Diego's Yonder Alonso had a sacrifice fly in the eighth to extend the lead to 4-2.

It was the first time this season San Diego had scored at least four runs in a game.

"No doubt we've got to get the bats going," Black said. "I've said that repeatedly over the last three to four days. You look at some of those averages and they're obviously a little low. We need those guys to start getting some hits."

Giancarlo Stanton pushed his RBI total to 12 in the fourth with a base hit to drive in Christian Yelich, who tripled to lead off the inning. Stanton already has a career-high RBI total for April.


Stanton posted nine RBI in April in each of the past three years. ... It was the first career pinch-hit home run for Amarista. ... Miami begins a three-game series at Washington on Tuesday, with RHP Henderson Alvarez (0-1, 9.00) facing LHP Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 1.50).. San Diego plays at Cleveland on Monday, with LHP Robbie Erlin (0-0, 0.00) taking the mound against RHP Corey Kluber (0-1, 13.50).

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San Diego Padres
Everth Cabrera, SS4000020 .261
Seth Smith, RF-LF2010000 .250
   a-Chris Denorfia, PH-LF1110000 .267
Chase Headley, 3B4010003 .130
Jedd Gyorko, 2B3000122 .095
Yonder Alonso, 1B3001010 .174
Will Venable, CF-RF4110011 .190
Tommy Medica, LF3110010 .222
   Alex Torres, P0000000 .000
   Dale Thayer, P0000000 .000
   Joaquin Benoit, P0000000 .000
   b-Xavier Nady, PH1000000 .000
   Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Yasmani Grandal, C4010010 .333
Ian Kennedy, P2000022 .000
   c-Alexi Amarista, PH-CF2113000 .143
a-singled for Smith in the 8th
b-flied out for Benoit in the 9th
c-homered for Kennedy in the 7th
HR - Alexi Amarista (1, Eovaldi)
SF - Yonder Alonso (1)
RBI - Yonder Alonso (3), Alexi Amarista 3 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Alexi Amarista 3 (3)
SB - Chris Denorfia (1, 3rd base off Jennings/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Cabrera-Gyorko
San Diego Padres
Ian Kennedy (W,1-1) 6311150 3.27
Alex Torres (H,1) 0.2211010 3.86
Dale Thayer (H,1) 0.1000000 2.70
Joaquin Benoit (H,1) 1000010 6.75
Huston Street (S,2) 1000010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Kennedy 96-62, Alex Torres 10-8, Dale Thayer 2-2, Joaquin Benoit 12-7, Huston Street 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Kennedy 6-6, Huston Street 2-0
Batters Faced - Ian Kennedy 21, Alex Torres 4, Dale Thayer 1, Joaquin Benoit 3, Huston Street 3
Miami Marlins
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS4000011 .393
Christian Yelich, LF4110010 .222
Giancarlo Stanton, RF4011010 .345
Garrett Jones, 1B4000020 .192
Casey McGehee, 3B4000011 .375
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C2110100 .318
Derek Dietrich, 2B1000010 .429
   a-Jeff Baker, PH-2B1011000 .214
Marcell Ozuna, CF3010002 .360
Nate Eovaldi, P2000012 .000
   Dan Jennings, P0000000 .000
   b-Greg Dobbs, PH1000000 .250
   Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
a-doubled for Dietrich in the 7th
b-popped out for Jennings in the 8th
2B - Jeff Baker (1, Torres)
3B - Christian Yelich (1, Kennedy)
SH - Derek Dietrich (1)
RBI - Giancarlo Stanton (12), Jeff Baker (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Baker (1)
SB - Giancarlo Stanton (2, 2nd base off Kennedy/Grandal)
Team LOB - 3
DP - G. Jones-Hechavarria
E - Derek Dietrich (3, Misplayed grounder), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1, Throwing)
Miami Marlins
Nate Eovaldi (L,1-1) 7633081 3.46
Dan Jennings 1110110 0.00
Carlos Marmol 1000010 0.00
IBB - Gyorko by Dan Jennings
HBP - Smith (by Nate Eovaldi)
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Eovaldi 102-75, Dan Jennings 20-10, Carlos Marmol 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Eovaldi 7-6
Batters Faced - Nate Eovaldi 28, Dan Jennings 5, Carlos Marmol 3
Game Information
Attendance - 22496
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Quinn Wolcott, Third Base - Gerry Davis