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Alfaro went deep into the center of the field on the first shot he saw from Cole Sulser (0-1), sending Petco Park into a frenzy and earning a call to the fore. He was bought by the Marlins for cash in December.
Until the 9th, it appeared that the Padres were headed for a second consecutive shutout. But Trent Grisham and CJ Abrams climbed to base in front of Alfaro, who threw his club aside and grazed the “Padres” on the front of his jersey with one hand before starting his trot. It was his second homer.
Jazz Chisholm scored for the Marlins, who have lost seven of eight games.
Manny Machado has extended his winning streak by 18 games, but neither he nor Eric Hosmer – two of baseball’s top hitters this season – could deal a blow to the Padres.
Rogers convinced Hosmer to appear with two runners to finish both the third and fifth inning. After Kim Ha-seong hit a fly ball on the warning track in the left corner of the pitch for the second out in the fifth with a runner on, Machado drove a ball down the line that curved the foul, then spotted before that Hosmer jumped out.
Machado was batting .381 and Hosmer .355 batting. Padres’s next best regular hit .238 and four were down .200.
Rogers held San Diego five shots in five innings as he hit three and walked two.
San Diego’s Joe Musgrove has thrown a season record of 108 pitches in seven strong innings. He kept the Marlins at two runs and five strokes while hitting eight and walking one. Robert Suarez (2-1) took the win for the Padres, working two innings with a strikeout and no success.
Marlins: positioned LHP Richard Bleier on the injured (undisclosed) and selected INF Erik Gonzalez from Triple-A Jacksonville.
Marlins: RHP Elieser Hernandez (2-1, 6.66) will start Monday night in the opening of a three-game series in Arizona, which will face RHP Humberto Castellanos (2-1, 4.12).
Padres: LHP rookie MacKenzie Gore (2-0, 1.71) will begin Monday night in the opening of a three-game home series against RHP Kyle Hendricks (1-3, 5.64) and the Chicago Cubs.