Infante's double in 12th lifts Marlins over Padres

Associated Press Modified: May 5, 2012 at 3:30 am •  Published: May 5, 2012
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ozzie Guillen hardly had the look of a manager whose team had just won its season-best fourth straight game.

From winless ace Josh Johnson to struggling closer Heath Bell, the Miami Marlins have major issues.

"There's a lot going on," Guillen said. "We have a lot of concerns."

Still, after blowing an early five-run lead, Miami managed to pull out a wild game Friday night when Omar Infante doubled in the go-ahead run in the 12th inning for a 9-8 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Infante doubled to left-center off Josh Spence (0-1) with one out to score Hanley Ramirez, who led off with a walk. It was Infante's third hit and second RBI of the game.

Ramirez hit a three-run homer in a five-run first inning, and Giancarlo Stanton also connected.

Steve Cishek (4-0), the seventh Marlins pitcher, threw three scoreless innings for the win. With a runner on second, Jesus Guzman lined out to Infante at second base to end it.

Padres closer Huston Street left the game in the 10th with a strain near his pitching shoulder. The right-hander will undergo an MRI on Saturday to determine the severity of the injury.

"I don't think it's major," Street said. "It's not in my shoulder. It's more in my lat, up in the armpit. I think that's a positive sign."

The Padres scored one run in the ninth off Bell, their former closer, to send the game into extra innings.

Guzman led off the inning with a pinch-hit double. Cameron Maybin tied the score at 8 on a double to right before Bell got out of a bases-loaded jam.

Bell signed a $27 million, three-year contract to join the Marlins in the offseason. He has four blown saves in seven chances.

When asked about Bell's status as the team's closer, Guillen said: "Bell continues to struggle. We'll check (Saturday) to see about the situation. We have to do something about it. We can't be waiting anymore."

Ramirez and Stanton each homered in the first to stake Miami to a 5-0 lead. It was gone by the third.

After twice falling behind by one run, the Marlins scored twice in the seventh to take an 8-7 lead on RBI singles by Greg Dobbs and Infante.

The Marlins, who have had trouble generating offense, got off to a fast start when Ramirez hit a three-run shot with no outs in the first off Anthony Bass. Stanton followed two batters later with a two-run drive, a 425-foot rocket into the Padres' bullpen for a 5-0 lead.



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