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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