Dodgers 7, Mi­ami 1

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - — Dy­lan Her­nan­dez

KEY MO­MENT: The Dodgers scored three times in the top of the fourth in­ning to ex­tend their lead to 5- 1. The Mar­lins had a chance to re­duce, if not elim­i­nate, the deficit in the bot­tom of the in­ning, only to be foiled by Dodgers starter Brett An­der­son. The left- han­der al­lowed the first two bat­ters of the in­ning to reach base, but struck out ma­jor league home run leader Gian­carlo Stan­ton. An­der­son pre­served the four- run mar­gin by get­ting the next two bat­ters, Mar­cell Ozuna and Jeff Baker, to ground out.

ON THE MOUND: An­der­son pitched seven in­nings and struck out 10 bat­ters to match his ca­reer high. “It felt like I struck out 30, com­pared to what I’ve been do­ing,” said An­der­son, who lim­ited the Mar­lins to five hits and a walk. An­der­son’s per­for­mance pro­vided the bullpen with some much- needed rest, as Man­ager Don Mat­tingly had to use only two re­liev­ers on this night: Adam Lib­er­a­tore and Pe­dro Baez. Lib­er­a­tore struck out three in a score­less eighth. Baez, who was ac­ti­vated from the dis­abled list be­fore the game, struck out three in a per­fect ninth.

AT THE PLATE: The Dodgers over­turned an early 1- 0 deficit with a two- run home run by Scott Van Slyke in the sec­ond in­ning. They scored three runs in the fourth in­ning, two on a sin­gle by Jimmy Rollins and another on one by An­der­son. Adrian Gon­za­lez and Alex Guer­rero both had two hits, with Guer­rero driv­ing in two runs. Howie Ken­drick was four for five with a run bat­ted in.

EX­TRA BASES: Yasiel Puig didn’t start for the third con­sec­u­tive day, but pinch- hit in the eighth in­ning and grounded out. Puig, who has been both­ered by a rup­tured cal­lus on his left hand, played the fi­nal two in­nings in right field. … Baez re­turned to the ac­tive ros­ter af­ter sit­ting out nearly six weeks be­cause of a strained pec­toral mus­cle. While he in­her­ited a six- run lead in the ninth in­ning, he said, “I treated it as if it was a close game.” To cre­ate a place for Baez on the ac­tive ros­ter, the Dodgers op­tioned Ian Thomas to triple- A Ok­la­homa City.

UP NEXT: Clay­ton Ker­shaw ( 5- 5, 3.33 ERA) will face the Mar­lins and Tom Koehler ( 5- 4, 3.76) at Mar­lins Park on Satur­day at 1 p. m. PDT. TV: Sport­sNet LA. Ra­dio: 570, 1020.

David San­ti­ago El Nuevo Her­ald/ TNS

SCOTT VAN SLYKE of the Dodgers slides safely into home be­fore Mar­lins catcher J. T. Real­muto can ap­ply the tag in the fourth in­ning.

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