- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Padres’ Drew Pomeranz was briefly a spectator on the mound Tuesday night.

The left-hander allowed a grand slam to Jeff Mathis during a five-run first inning, and the Miami Marlins beat San Diego 5-2.

Mathis’ blast came after a lengthy delay while Marlins manager Don Mattingly argued a call. Four batters before Mathis’ big hit, Christian Yelich grounded out to first baseman Wil Myers - Yelich tried to avoid Myers’ tag and was called out for leaving the base line.

Mattingly spent about 10 minutes challenging the ruling to no avail, and eventually elected to play the game under protest.

When play resumed, Pomeranz (5-7) walked Marcell Ozuna, struck out Giancarlo Stanton and allowed an infield hit to Chris Johnson before Mathis unloaded the bases.

Pomeranz denied that the delay led to the homer.

“I don’t think it affected me that much,” he said. “In the games today, with all the replays and stuff, it kind of happens on a regular basis.”

Pomeranz, who has been the Padres’ most consistent starter, was doomed by that five-run first. He was lifted after five innings and charged with five runs on five hits. He walked five with six strikeouts.

In Pomeranz’s 13 starts, it marked just the second time he allowed more than three runs. He’s been especially effective at home with a 1.52 ERA before Tuesday.

“I think maybe he was flying (open) a little bit with his front side early on and was having trouble finding it,” Padres manager Andy Green said.

Tom Koehler (5-6) won for the third time in four decisions. He allowed two runs on six hits and a walk and struck out eight.

A.J. Ramos got his 20th save with a scoreless ninth.

Pomeranz said he tried to battle after that fateful first.

“It’s difficult, but you go out there between innings and try and make little tweaks here and there to help your mechanics and help get back on track,” he said.

Miami arrived in San Diego after being shut out by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday. But in two games, the Marlins have abused Padres pitchers for 18 runs and 25 hits.

The last-place Padres, losers of four straight, fell a season-high 14 games under .500. Only the Braves (18) have fewer wins than the Padres (26) in the National League.

Alexi Amarista drove in his second run with his second hit in the fourth, cutting the Marlins’ lead to 5-2. Christian Bethancourt came in after reaching via a two-out double.

Ryan Schimpf, in his first at-bat in the majors, laced a second-inning double down the right-field line. Schimpf scored his first run when Amarista lined a single, slimming San Diego’s deficit to 5-1.

The Marlins picked up in the first inning where they left off in Monday’s 13-4 laugher.

Chris Johnson drove in Adeiny Hechavarria, who opened the game with a walk.

But the big blow was Mathis punishing Pomeranz’s 93 mph fastball for his third career grand slam to give the Marlins a 5-0 lead. Before Mathis’ blast over the left-field fence, Martin Prado singled, Marcell Ozuna walked and Johnson got a hit.

Ichiro Suzuki grounded out in a ninth-inning appearance as a pinch-hitter and remains one hit shy of matching Pete Rose’s major league total of 4,256. Suzuki collected 1,278 hits while playing nine seasons in Japan.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: RHP Tyson Ross (sore right shoulder) could have a bullpen session this weekend.

UP NEXT

Marlins: LHP Justin Nicolino (2-3 4.76) faces the Padres for the first time. Nicolino, who is making his 10th start, has split his two road decisions this season.

Padres: RHP Luis Perdomo (1-2, 9.50) makes his third career start and second at home. Perdomo worked a career-high 5 2/3 innings of relief on Friday, recording a career-best five strikeouts.


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