Marlins/MLB

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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 the Dodgers 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 in­ter­preter. “I’m not wor­ried about that.”

Maeda re­tired the fi­nal 17 bat­ters he faced.

Ken­ley Jansen gave up two hits in the ninth but struck out three to com­plete the Dodgers’ sixth shutout of the sea­son.

Caleb Smith (2-5) walked the bases loaded in the third, and Turner’s dou­ble cleared them.

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