Mar­lins lose, 3-2

L.A. Dodgers complete se­ries sweep.

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - FRONT PAGE - By Craig Davis Staff writer

MI­AMI — This is the story of the Mi­ami Mar­lins’ week­end in a nut­shell:

Gian­carlo Stan­ton put one over the fence. No, not a home run. It was his glove, which flew off and dis­ap­peared on the other side of the wall in right-cen­ter when he leaped try­ing to catch a ball hit by the Dodgers’ Chris Tay­lor.

The ball car­omed off the wall and Tay­lor ended up with a triple, while Stan­ton hoisted him­self up and peered over in search of his lost piece of equip­ment.

The Mar­lins never did find what they were look­ing for in try­ing to stop the hottest team in base­ball, though there was a brief pause while Stan­ton waited for the bat­boy to de­liver a re­place­ment glove.

Mar­cell Ozuna later stole a home run from for­mer Mar­lin En­rique Her­nan­dez, climb­ing the wall in front of the Cleve­lander in left field. It wasn’t enough to pre­vent the Los Angeles Dodgers from com­plet­ing their third con­sec­u­tive three-game se­ries sweep with a 3-2 mati­nee win.

The Mar­lins mounted a late threat when Chris­tian Yelich drove a two-out, RBI single to cen­ter off All-Star closer Ken­ley Jansen in the eighth, and Ozuna fol­lowed with a single. But Jansen struck out pinch-hit­ter Justin Bour on three pitches.

Jansen went on to record his 23rd save, and the Dodgers had their ninth con­sec­u­tive win and MLB-lead­ing 11th sweep of the sea­son.

There was an air of in­evitabil­ity to all of it, be­gin­ning with the ninth-in­ning melt­down Fri­day by closer A.J. Ramos in the game

“We were play­ing pretty well go­ing into the break. We ran into a lit­tle bit of a buz­z­saw here.” Don Mat­tingly, Mar­lins man­ager

Mi­ami should have won and con­tin­u­ing with Dodgers rookie phe­nom Cody Bellinger hit­ting for the cy­cle Satur­day.

“We’ve just got to re­bound and get go­ing,” Mar­lins man­ager Don Mat­tingly said. “We were play­ing pretty well go­ing into the break. We ran into a lit­tle bit of a buz­z­saw here. We had a chance to win that first one and we were in this one. But we’ve just got to move on and get to the next se­ries.”

Cer­tainly on Sunday, with the Mar­lins pin­ning hopes on a rookie mak­ing his sec­ond start in the ma­jor leagues.

Chris O’Grady, rid­ing con­fi­dence with his 1-0 ca­reer record, re­ally was their best op­tion. He pitched rea­son­ably well, al­low­ing three runs and five hits in five in­nings, in­clud­ing Justin Turner’s 11th home run.

Still, he was no match against Rich Hill, who the Mar­lins keep mis­tak­ing for Eliot Ness. The vet­eran lefty was un­touch­able in his last visit to Mar­lins Park, toss­ing seven per­fect in­nings.

Hill pushed the streak to 24 up and 24 down be­fore Ozuna led off the sec­ond with a solid dou­ble to left­cen­ter.

The Mar­lins fi­nally nicked him for a run in the fifth when pinch-hit­ter Ichiro Suzuki sin­gled off the pitcher’s bare hand. That scored for­mer Dodger A.J. El­lis, who had one of three Mar­lins dou­bles off Hill in five in­nings.

That cut the Dodgers’ lead to 3-1. But with the ty­ing runs on base, Hill made Martin Prado his ninth strike­out vic­tim and con­cluded his out­ing by get­ting Stan­ton to ground to third.

The pre­vi­ous time up, Stan­ton, who went 1 for 10 in the se­ries, twisted pret­zel-like and fell try­ing to hit a Hill ben­der break­ing in on him. He bounced it to third and was out be­fore he could get up and out of the bat­ter’s box.

O’Grady ’s did well in his first start to get the call to face an L.A. tidal wave that has now won 29 of 33 since June 7 and ap­pears ca­pa­ble of rolling right through Oc­to­ber.

The first three Dodgers hit drives to­tal­ing 1,144 feet. Chris­tian Yelich caught the first two on the track in front of the home run sculp­ture. Turner’s belt was pulled far­ther to left and landed in the Cleve­lander, this one just out of Ozuna’s reach.

A few in­nings later, Ozuna, got a push off the chain­link fence and kept Her­nan­dez’s drive from becoming an­other sou­venir in the out­field bar.

“Yeah first thing when I was run­ning back I just said, this is a chance to make a good play. It was right there not too far like in the first in­ning,” Ozuna said.

A lead­off walk to Lo­gan Forsythe in the third and Tay­lor’s triple led to the other two runs O’Grady al­lowed. Turner drove in his sec­ond run with a sac­ri­fice fly.

“Just hit my wrist at the top of the fence and glove just popped off,” said Stan­ton, whose glove was later re­trieved.

Mat­tingly lauded O’Grady for keep­ing the game close and giv­ing the Mar­lins a chance in the late in­nings.

“It was re­ally just a cou­ple small mis­takes on a few pitches that re­ally did us in,” O’Grady said.


Mar­lins cen­ter fielder Mar­cell Ozuna steals a home run from Dodgers right fielder En­rique Her­nan­dez in the sixth in­ning.


Gian­carlo Stan­ton loses his glove over the fence af­ter at­tempt­ing to catch a Chris Tay­lor fly ball.

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