Maeda stel­lar in win

Turner ties a career high with five RBIs as Dodgers’ snap six-game los­ing streak

The Maui News - - SPORTS - By STEVEN WINE

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 right-han­der 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 effect.”

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.”

AP photo

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda delivers a pitch dur­ing the Dodgers’ 7-0 win against the Mi­ami Mar­lins on Thurs­day. Maeda pitched eight in­nings and struck out eight bat­ters.

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