SAN DIEGO -- Stifled through five innings, the Marlins offense came alive quickly during a six-run sixth inning that sent Miami to a 7-3 series-clinching victory over the Padres on Sunday.Each of Miami's first six hitters reached base in the fateful frame, and each of them came around to score
SAN DIEGO -- Stifled through five innings, the Marlins offense came alive quickly during a six-run sixth inning that sent Miami to a 7-3 series-clinching victory over the Padres on Sunday.
Each of Miami's first six hitters reached base in the fateful frame, and each of them came around to score -- the final three on Justin Bour's no-doubter into the right-field seats. Padres reliever Craig Stammen left a changeup over the heart of the plate, and Bour crushed it -- 403 feet with a 111 mph exit velocity, according to Statcast™.
"Their starter was doing a heck of a job; he was cruising through there," Bour said. "Guys got on base and kept the line moving and I'm thinking the same thing. Fortunately I put a good swing on it."
Padres righty Luis Perdomo -- making his first start after missing two weeks with shoulder inflammation -- didn't allow a run through five innings. But he allowed the first three men to reach in the sixth before giving way to Stammen. Perdomo, who typically relies heavily on his sinker, used breaking balls to finish all five of his strikeouts.
"Everything felt really good, but the slider was [the] pitch for me today," Perdomo said.
The Marlins' rally made a winner out of righty Tom Koehler, who allowed three runs over six innings while striking out seven.
"He was able to keep battling and that is kind of what he does," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.
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Momentum shift: Bour's blast was undoubtedly the biggest swing in the sixth, but the inning turned on Marcell Ozuna's opposite-field liner. Padres first baseman William Myers got his glove on the ball and could have started a double play. Instead, the ball bounded into right field. Ozuna reached second, putting two men in scoring position and cutting the Miami deficit to 3-2.
"Wil expects himself to make that play," said Padres manager Andy Green. "That would've been a huge play for us. But kind of just spun in the other direction."
Back to normal:Hunter Renfroe walked in each of the first two games this series for his first two free passes of the season. On Sunday, Renfroe -- known for his power and not so much his patience -- was back to his usual self. He mashed a two-run dinger to straightaway center field in the fourth. It gave the Padres a 3-0 lead -- which wouldn't hold up for long.
"He's taking good swings," Green said. "... He's back through the middle of the field right now, and he's looked good."
"Any time you lose the first game and you come back to win the series, that feels good. We've split the West Coast part of the road trip so far. Hopefully we can carry the momentum into Philly." -- Koehler
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Giancarlo Stanton hit three laser home runs this weekend, but his hardest-hit baseball of the weekend -- and tied for his highest exit velocity this season -- came on a ninth-inning single, up the middle at 115 mph. His dingers this weekend checked in at 114, 112 and 107 mph. Clearly, Stanton's love of Petco Park extends further than last year's Home Run Derby. He's 20-for-60 with eight career homers here.
GREEN GETS TOSSED
Home-plate umpire Paul Emmel's strike zone was wide for much of the afternoon. Following Austin Hedges' strikeout to end the bottom of the seventh inning, Green took exception.
Green was tossed after getting heated while arguing with Emmel between innings. It marked the third career managerial ejection for Green and his first this season. Asked after the game whether he felt his young hitters weren't getting the benefit of the doubt, Green downplayed that idea, saying he was merely upset with an "accumulation" of calls.
"There was no point in time where I questioned anyone's integrity, just the calls," Green said. "Just looking at the nature of the calls today, I did not feel they were over the plate consistently. I felt for the vast majority of the game, up through the sixth inning, they continually got us for those calls."
Padres center fielder Manuel Margot reached on a single to lead off the top of the third. He promptly took off for second, but catcher J.T. Realmuto's throw easily beat him to the bag. The Padres challenged, arguing that the tag from shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria wasn't applied in time. But replay confirmed the ruling on the field.
Marlins: Miami heads to Philadelphia, where it will open a three-game series on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. ET, the last stop on its three-city, 11-day road trip. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (2-0, 3.94 ERA) gets the start. Chen threw seven innings of no-hit, shutout ball when defeating the Mariners last Tuesday.
Padres: The Padres head to Arizona for a four-game set against the D-backs, as Jhoulys Chacin gets the ball for the opener Monday at 6:40 p.m. PT. Chacin also faced the D-backs on Wednesday, and he was brilliant over eight scoreless innings, but the veteran right-hander has struggled on the road so far this year.
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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.
Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Marlins on Sunday.