The surging Miami Marlins have won five straight series at home and can wrap up a three-game sweep when they host the San Diego Padres on Sunday. A sacrifice fly by Miguel Rojas in the bottom of the 12th inning lifted the Marlins to a 2-1 walk-off win Saturday - their 12th victory in 15 games.
The stretch has pulled Miami - once 13 games below .500 - to within 4 1/2 games of the second wild card in the National League. Giancarlo Stanton was kept in the park Saturday and remains stuck on 49 home runs, although the Marlins slugger had a pair of singles and a walk, and he has three straight multi-hit games while driving in six runs and scoring five. San Diego’s only run Saturday came when Cory Spangenberg stole home in the second inning as the worst offense in the majors managed five singles and a double against five Miami pitchers. Clayton Richard starts the series finale for the Padres opposite Marlins righty Dan Straily.
TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, FSN San Diego, FSN Florida (Miami)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Padres LH Clayton Richard (6-12, 4.89 ERA) vs. Marlins RH Dan Straily (8-8, 3.83)
Richard entered Saturday tied for the NL lead in losses but he is 1-0 in four starts this month while posting a 2.36 ERA. The worst of those four outings came at St. Louis on Tuesday, when the 33-year-old gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings while allowing a season-high three home runs. Richard is 3-1 with a 1.99 ERA in five career starts against Miami and Marlins regulars Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Dee Gordon are a combined 3-for-24 versus the veteran.
Straily snapped a seven-start winless streak with a solid victory at Philadelphia his last time out, yielding three runs and two hits with 10 strikeouts over six innings. He fanned a career-high 14 in seven impressive innings at San Diego on April 22. The 28-year-old has a 3.01 ERA in 13 starts at home this year.
1. Ozuna homered for his team’s first run Saturday and has four blasts in his last six games.
2. Padres CF Manuel Margot was held hitless in five at-bats Saturday after going 10-for-20 over his previous five contests.
3. Miami is 16-9 against the National League West.
PREDICTION: Marlins 6, Padres 3