Johnson's walk-off hit lifts Marlins over Padres

Johnson's walk-off hit lifts Marlins over Padres

MIAMI -- For most of Friday night, the Marlins didn't have much bounce in their step. But after a frantic rally, they celebrated a 7-6 walk-off win on Chris Johnson's ground-rule double in the ninth inning.

Johnson's second career walk-off moment capped a four-run, late-inning comeback, and prevented the Marlins from losing ground in the National League Wild Card standings. It was Miami's third walk-off win of the season.

"The last few innings were incredible," said Johnson, whose other walk-off came while with the Braves on Aug. 28, 2013, against the Indians. "Everybody having those big hits. Two outs, keeping the line moving. Tacking on runs. Getting that three-spot [in the eighth inning], and getting those big hits. I just happened to get the one at the end. We did a lot of good things tonight."

Off Brandon Maurer, Jeff Francoeur reached on a one-out infield single, and Ichiro Suzuki drew a walk. With two outs, Johnson drove the ball to the warning track. With San Diego's outfield shaded in, it was unable to retrieve the drive to right.

"When I hit it, I kind of put my head down like I didn't get all of it," Johnson said. "When I was running, I looked up and saw where they were playing, a little more shallow to try to throw out somebody at the plate. I was hoping it would carry enough to get up over his head. The center fielder almost got there."

After falling behind by four runs, the Marlins pulled even with three in the eighth inning. Christian Yelich's game-tying single to center off Maurer followed Martin Prado's two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded.

Prado's two-run single

Jarred Cosart, who opened the season in Miami's rotation, was in line for the win for the Padres until the Marlins rallied late. In five innings, Cosart gave up two runs (one earned). He also had a key ground ball in the fourth inning that was played into an error, which put his team ahead, 4-2. His night was limited to five innings by a blister.

"I was starting to get into a good rhythm," Cosart said. "Things were working. I think they hit one ball hard all night. I had a good gameplan going in. For the most part, I was executing it pretty well, and then it just started rubbing on me a little bit, started stinging. Felt like it was the right time to get me out before it got to where it ripped off.

"I guess the positive is that it's in a position where I can still manage it and take care of it before the next start. Hopefully it shouldn't have an effect."

Cosart stalls Fish

San Diego's Luis Sardinas belted a home run, double and collected four RBIs. Padres leadoff hitter Travis Jankowski extended his on-base streak to 24 games when he singled in the fourth, the longest active streak in the Majors.

Marlins right-hander David Phelps had five strikeouts and didn't allow a hit until Yangervis Solarte doubled to begin the fourth inning. It opened the gates for a four-run frame, with three earned, and Phelps didn't make it out of the inning. Sardinas cleared the bases with a two-out, three-run double, and Phelps' error, while taking a flip at first on Cosart's slow roller, accounted for an unearned run.

"It's the biggest win of the year for us," Phelps said. "The timing of it, what it was looking like. Everyone in front of us won tonight. Hopefully we get hot after this. The way this month has gone, to come out on top of this, the way we did, I was pumped for C.J. It speaks to the resiliency we've had all year."

Sardinas scores on error

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Padre power: Ryan Schimpf hit his 15th home run of the season, a solo blast in the fifth inning that extended San Diego's lead to 5-2. According to STATS, Schimpf is the first Padres player to have 15-plus homers through his first 200 career at-bats. Schimpf accomplished the feat in his 180th at-bat as a Padre. The last Major Leaguer with 15-plus homers through his first 180 career at-bats was the Cubs' Kyle Schwarber, who had 16 home runs from June 16-Sept. 13, 2015.

"I just go up there and try to stay within myself and my approach and put together a good at-bat," Schimpf said. "I'm not trying to hit home runs. It just happens sometimes."

Schimpf's solo blast

Two-out walk sets up Miami rally: Down by three and showing little life until the eighth inning, J.T. Realmuto, leading off as Dee Gordon was given a breather, drew a two-out walk against Brad Hand, his former teammate. The walk loaded the bases, and prompted a pitching change, as the Padres turned to Maurer with the bases loaded. Prado's single gave the Marlins life, and Yelich's single evened the score.

"Guys just kept coming tonight," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "They have the big inning there in the middle. From there, at least we were still coming. Guys had good at-bats."

Yelich's game-tying

Welcome aboard: In just his fourth game with San Diego, Sardinas delivered in a big way for his new team. The Padres' shortstop smacked a three-run double to erase a 2-0 deficit in the fourth inning, then followed it up with a solo homer in the sixth to cap a 13-pitch at-bat off Marlins reliever Mike Dunn. Those were just his second and third hits with San Diego since being recalled from Triple-A El Paso on Sunday after being acquired from Seattle on Aug. 15 for a player to be named later. More >

Sardinas' impressive game

Phelps reaches 100 Ks, then leaves early: The outing went from smooth to short for Phelps. When the right-hander fanned Wil Myers to end the third inning, he recorded his 100th strikeout of the season, reaching the milestone for the first time in his career. Phelps didn't allow a hit through three, but everything unraveled for him in the fourth. He burned 24 pitches on seven hitters, including a walk to Schimpf on nine pitches, and he clipped Patrick Kivlehan with a pitch during an eight-pitch plate appearance. That set up Sardinas' three-run double. After Phelps' error on Cosart's grounder to first, the Padres led, 4-2, and Phelps was replaced after 72 pitches, with 27 in the fourth.

Phelps' velocity was a bit down, but the right-hander said that was more related to his mechanics being off.

"Strange game," Phelps said. " If you watched the whole game, you could see I wasn't commanding my fastball well to lefties."

Phelps freezes Kivlehan

QUOTABLE
"It's hard to explain. At the moment, I just got excited because I thought we were like a little frustrated at the beginning of the game. But, for some reason, the second half of the game, guys were having good at-bats. That inspired me. Every single person in that dugout, when I got the hit, I knew we had a pretty good shot because Yelly is that good, who puts together good at-bats. He came through." -- Prado on his two-run single, and his emotional outburst afterwards

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Francoeur, acquired in a trade with the Braves on Wednesday, collected three hits and a walk in his first start. More >

Francoeur's three-hit game

INSTANT REPLAY
The Marlins won a challenge in the eighth inning that overturned what initially was a double play. With Francoeur on second and Robert Andino on first with no outs against Hand, Miguel Rojas chopped a grounder to third. Solarte touched third for the force and bounced a throw to second that was juggled by Adam Rosales. Initially, Andino was called out, but after huddling, and a review of 33 seconds, the call was overturned.

"First, I thought it was foul," Mattingly said. "As we're checking the play at second, we knew that one for sure."

Andino safe at second in 8th

WHAT'S NEXT
Padres: Lefty Clayton Richard (0-3, 4.44 ERA) takes the mound in the middle installment of a three-game series with the Marlins at 4:10 p.m. PT on Saturday. Richard is looking for his first win since joining the starting rotation on Aug. 14.

Marlins: In the middle of three games, the Marlins send right-hander Jose Urena (2-4, 6.33) to the mound at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday. Urena made one previous start against the Padres in 2015, giving up four earned runs in five innings.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Padres on Friday.

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