Tides turn as Justin Turner leads Dodgers past Marlins 7-0
For one day, the Miami Marlins could say they have the same record as the defending National League champions.
The novelty was short-lived as the Los Angeles staved off a series sweep in Miami with a 7-0 win over the Marlins on Thursday.
Justin Turner returned from the 10-day disabled list in time for the series opener and capped it off with a bang. His five RBI ties a career high.
Yasiel Puig and Chris Taylor reached base on balls in the third inning and a wild pitch gave them the chance to reach scoring position. Smith also walked Austin Barnes to load the bases for Turner, who then hit a line drive double to left field to clear the bases and give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead.
Matt Kemp followed that up with an RBI ground-rule double to make it a 4-0 lead. Marlins starter Caleb Smith lasted three innings, giving up four runs while striking out four.
Puig added some padding to the already comfortable Dodgers lead with a solo home run in the fourth inning to make it a 5-0 game. Turner later added two more runs to the lead with another bases clearing double. Two innings essentially sunk the Fightin’ Fish.
Puig’s home run effectively ended reliever Junichi Tazawa’s tenure with the Marlins, who designated him for assignment after the game. Tazawa has a 9.00 ERA in 22 appearances. Before signing with the Marlins, Tazawa spent seven seasons with the Boston Red Sox which includes winning a World Series title in 2013.
Tyler Cloyd came in after Tazawa and pitched the final five innings allowing only four hits and zero runs. It was his best outing of the season but he was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.
Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda entered the game looking to rebound from horrid start in which he gave up five runs off nine hits against the last place Cincinnati Reds. He had a 11.31 K/9 rate going in, which is good for fifth among National League pitchers.
Maeda breezed through eight shutout innings allowing only two hits and striking out eight batters. Kenley Jansen finished the game with a clean ninth inning.
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