Marlins’ rally comes up short, fall to Dodgers 10-6
Beaty’s drive to right-center on a changeup by Elieser Hernandez (1-4) bailed out the Dodgers’ bullpen and defense. Los Angeles led 6-0 through six innings after Clayton Kershaw had a season-high 10 strikeouts and allowed only two hits. Joc Pederson and Justin Turner provided the early lift on offense with home runs before the Marlins rallied to tie.
Miami took advantage of a Los Angeles bullpen that has struggled in middle relief and benefited from a pair of errors in a five-run eighth. The Dodgers, who had three errors in the game, have committed 20 in July, which is the most in the majors.
Jorge Alfaro nearly had a grand slam but Alex Verdugo made a great catch at the base of the wall in right to keep it a sacrifice fly. Brian Anderson‘s two-run double brought the Marlins within 6-4 before they tied it on a throwing error by second baseman Enrique Hernandez, which allowed Anderson to score.
Pederson, who came into the game 4 for 22 since the All-Star break, hit a line-drive shot over the short wall in right off Sandy Alcantara to lead off the first.
Los Angeles added three in the fourth on Austin Barnes‘ two-run double and an RBI single by Kershaw. The next inning, Turner hit a solo shot over the wall in center and Max Muncy added an RBI double to make it 6-0.
After Beaty’s home run, Russell Martin provided added insurance with an RBI single.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
The Dodgers improved to 39-12 at Dodger Stadium. That equals the 2017 team for best home start after 51 games in franchise history. It is also only the fourth time since 1969 that an NL team has won 39 or more through 51 home games.
Fernando Valenzuela was inducted into the ”Legends of Dodger Baseball” before the game.
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES
Alcantara went five innings and allowed six runs on seven hits. … Seager had three hits. … Kershaw’s 2.30 home ERA is eighth in the NL.
Marlins: SS Miguel Rojas was taken out during the fifth inning due to a strained right shoulder. … RHP Pablo Lopez (right shoulder strain) threw a bullpen session Saturday in Jupiter, Florida. Manager Don Mattingly said he expects Lopez to throw two more bullpen sessions before making a couple of rehab appearances.
Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (forearm strain) has started a throwing program with the possibility of returning sometime in September. … LHP Scott Alexander, who is on the IL with left forearm inflammation, is also dealing with a nerve problem in his left thumb. Manager Dave Roberts said both should heal without surgery but there is no timetable on a return.
Marlins: RHP Jordan Yamamoto (4-0, 1.59 ERA) faces the Dodgers for the first time. He is holding opponents to a .134 batting average, which is the lowest in the Majors since June 12.
Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (8-1, 3.44 ERA) makes his third career start vs. the Marlins. He has no record and a 3.60 ERA.