Turner, Maeda help Dodgers beat MIami 7-0 to end 6-game skid

Imperial Valley Press - - SPORTS - BY STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer

MIAMI — For one af­ter­noon, fi­nally, the Dodgers were bet­ter than last.

Justin Turner tied a ca­reer high with five RBIs and Kenta Maeda pitched eight in­nings Thurs­day to help Los Angeles beat the Marlins 7-0 and end a streak of six con­sec­u­tive losses, all against last-place teams.

With the win, the defending Na­tional League cham­pi­ons climbed out of the cel­lar them­selves in the NL West. Rap mu­sic blared in the postgame club­house, a con­trast to the somber at­mos­phere of late.

“I thought the ra­dio in the club­house was out the last six days,” man­ager Dave Roberts joked. “But we fixed it. So we have mu­sic. The worm has turned.”

Turner, who broke his left wrist in spring train­ing and made his sea­son de­but Tues­day, hit a three-run dou­ble for the Dodgers’ first hit in the third in­ning. He added a two-run dou­ble in the fourth and also sin­gled to fin­ish 6 for 13 in the se­ries (.462).

“We had felt like we were close to break­ing out and hav­ing a good day,” Turner said. “Hope­fully this can stick, and we can put to­gether a run.”

Maeda (3-3) al­lowed two hits and no walks in his long­est out­ing of the sea­son. He said he took the mound mind­ful of the los­ing streak.

“But ob­vi­ously we’re a re­ally good team,” the Ja­panese righthander said through a trans­la­tor. “I’m not wor­ried about that.”

Maeda re­tired the fi­nal 17 bat­ters he faced while throw­ing 96 pitches.

“He was mix­ing pitches well,” Miami’s Miguel Ro­jas said. “He was work­ing quick, throw­ing a lot of slid­ers, and we couldn’t fig­ure it out.”

Ken­ley Jansen gave up two hits in the ninth but struck out three to com­plete the Dodgers’ sixth shutout of the year. Roberts said he thought about let­ting Maeda pitch the ninth but wanted to give Jansen work.

Matt Kemp had two dou­bles and a sin­gle for the Dodgers to hike his av­er­age to .318. Yasiel Puig hit his third home run of the sea­son, all in the past four games.

Kemp said Turner was con­ta­gious.

“We got one of our best hit­ters back and he had a big day, and I think that kind of re­laxed every­body,” Kemp said. “To see him bat­tle, it’s kind of a domino e ect.”

Caleb Smith (2-5) threw 60 pitches be­fore he gave up a hit. But he walked the bases loaded in the third, and Turner cleared them with a dou­ble.

“You miss Justin be­cause you know what he can do,” Roberts said. “And once you see him in the box and see it play out, it makes you re­al­ize how valu­able he is.”

ROS­TER MOVES

Af­ter the game, the Marlins des­ig­nated RHP Ju­nichi Tazawa for as­sign­ment. Tazawa, who will make $7 mil­lion this year, gave up three runs in one in­ning and has an ERA of 9.00 in 22 games. ... RHP Tyler Cloyd was op­tioned to Triple-A New Or­leans af­ter pitch­ing five shutout in­nings of mop-up re­lief to lower his ERA to 10.80.

STRUG­GLING YOUNG­STER

Marlins rookie Lewis Brin­son went 0 for 3 to drop his av­er­age to .168. He was the most highly touted prospect ac­quired dur­ing their busy o sea­son.

“You just stick be­hind these guys,” man­ager Don Mattingly said. “There’s a rea­son we ac­quired Lewis, and you know that tal­ent is there.”

NOISY TURNOUT

The crowd of 13,820, the largest of the six-game home­s­tand, in­cluded thou­sands of school youngsters tak­ing part in a pregame weather ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram. They be­gan de­part­ing in the third in­ning.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers LHP Clay­ton Ker­shaw (left bi­ceps ten­dini­tis) took an­other step in his re­cov­ery pro­gress­ing by play­ing catch from 120 feet for the first time. He’s not ex­pected to throw from a mound until next week.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: RHP Ross Stripling (0-1, 2.20) is sched­uled to face Max Scherzer (7-1, 1.69) to start a three-game se­ries Fri­day in Wash­ing­ton.

Marlins: Miami plays 16 of the next 19 games on the road, start­ing Fri­day when RHP Dan Straily (1-0, 5.54) is sched­uled to pitch at At­lanta to be­gin a three­game se­ries.

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner hits a dou­ble, scor­ing Yasiel Puig, Austin Barnes and Chris Tay­lor dur­ing the third in­ning of a base­ball game against the Miami Marlins, on Thurs­day, in Miami. AP PHOTO/WILFREDO LEE

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