Derek Dietrich hits first HR as Marlins top Dodgers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Derek Dietrich will always remember his first

major league home run, and the fact that it was a timely hit for the

Marlins was a bonus.

Dietrich tied the game with a three-run

shot, Juan Pierre singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and

Miami dealt the Los Angeles Dodgers their eighth straight loss, 5-4 on

Friday night.

The Marlins tied the game 3-all in the

fourth on Dietrich’s three-run homer with two outs. Placido Polanco and

Marcell Ozuna sandwiched walks around a strikeout by Justin Ruggiano and

a pop foul by Greg Dobbs before Dietrich sent a 3-2 pitch into the

right field pavilion while playing in his second major league game.

“How special,” Dietrich said. “So many greats have played here. It kind of brings chills. I’m glad my family got to see it.”

Miami ended its own three-game losing

streak in the matchup of cellar dwellers. The Marlins have the NL’s

worst record at 11-25, and got outscored 11-1 during a three-game sweep

in San Diego.

“We’ve been waiting on a big hit,”

Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. “Got a young kid up there who’s

taking advantage of an opportunity.”

Rookie Jose Fernandez (2-2) allowed

three runs and eight hits in six innings, struck out seven and walked

two for his second major league win, having won at Philadelphia last


“I keep learning every start,” he said.

Fernandez threw 17 consecutive strikes at one point in the game.

“He’s one of those guys that you want

to get to early because, as he gets settled, he’s going to get better as

the game goes on,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He was

aggressive in the strike zone and he wasn’t afraid of anybody. He was

coming right after us.”

Steve Cishek pitched the ninth to earn his fifth save in six chances.

Former Dodger Pierre singled to left

field in the seventh, giving Miami a 4-3 lead. Adeiny Hechavarria

grounded into a double play, scoring pinch-hitter Chris Coghlan, who

doubled off the top of the wall in center field. The umpires reviewed

the play and upheld second base ump Chris Guccione’s original call after

Marlins manager Mike Redmond came out to discuss it.

“It was a big play at the time and I just wanted to make sure they got it right, and they did,” Redmond said.

The Dodgers blew an early lead for the

second straight game in equaling their longest skid since dropping eight

in a row from Aug. 22-29, 2008. Five of the losses have been at home,

tying their longest such skid since May 28-June 11 last year.

At 13-21, the Dodgers are last in the

NL West and have yet to win in May. Mattingly is facing rampant

speculation about his future with his high-priced lineup failing to


Ronald Belisario (2-4) took the loss,

giving up two runs and three hits in one-plus innings. He walked one and

struck out none.

The Dodgers have scored three runs or

less seven times during their skid. Sluggers Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier

continued to slump, combining to go 1 for 8. Kemp struck out twice.

Rookie Matt Magill made his third

career start for the Dodgers, giving up three runs and five hits in five

innings. He struck out two and walked four in his second straight poor

outing. The right-hander didn’t make it out of the second inning last

weekend at San Francisco.

Los Angeles closed to 5-4 in the eighth

when A.J. Ellis singled in Kemp, who led off with a single and stole

second. They had the tying run on third when Dee Gordon grounded out to

second base to end the inning.

The Dodgers loaded the bases with two

outs in the sixth, but pinch-hitter Tim Federowicz flied out to center

to end the inning.

After trailing early, Redmond noticed a change in Fernandez.

“He came out up in the zone in the

first and then he turned it up after that and was lights out,” the

manager said. “He pounded the strike zone and kept guys off-balance.”

The Dodgers staked Magill to a 3-0 lead

in the first on Adrian Gonzalez’s three-run homer. Carl Crawford led

off with a single and Nick Punto walked to set up Gonzalez. They led 2-0

on Wednesday and ended up losing 3-2 to Arizona.

Fernandez said that his first pitch

after the homer “I felt like now I’m pitching. I’m young and trying to

get adjusted to the game.”


Dodgers RHP Zack Greinke and LHP Scott Elbert made their first rehab

appearances for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga in its game at Lake Elsinore

on Friday night. Greinke allowed eight runs — three earned — and six

hits in 4 1/3 innings, struck out four and walked none. He broke his

left collarbone in a bench-clearing brawl at San Diego last month.

Elbert was expected to throw one inning of relief while rehabbing from

left elbow surgery. … Marlins INF Chris Valaika had two pins inserted

in his left wrist Friday in Miami. He’s expected to be out six to eight

weeks. … The Marlins shuffled their rotation for Sunday’s series

finale. RHP Tom Koehler will start in place of LHP Wade LeBlanc. … The

Dodgers selected the contract of OF/1B Scott Van Slyke from Triple-A

Albuquerque and optioned IF/OF Elian Herrera back to Albuquerque three

days after he had been called up. They also transferred RHP Chad

Billingsley to the 60-day DL. He had Tommy John surgery on April 24.