The Los Angeles Dodgers looked to put their series with the San Francisco Giants behind them as they began a three-game series with the Miami Marlins. Dan Haren gave up a leadoff single to Christian Yelich, who proceeded to steal second during Derek Dietrich’s at-bat. The second baseman flied out and advanced Yelich to third. Giancarlo Stanton was originally called safe on a grounder, but the call was challenged and overturned for the second out, though Yelich scored on the play to put the Marlins on the board.

Tom Koehler gave up a walk to Yasiel Puig in the bottom of the first, but the right fielder was thrown out by Jarrod Saltalamacchia in his attempt to steal second. After the Marlins worked only one hit off of Haren in the second, the Dodgers came alive starting with a leadoff single from Matt Kemp in his 1,000th career game. Kemp stole second and advanced to third on a Justin Turner line-drive base hit. With two outs, Haren drove in the Dodgers first run of the game and the score was tied at one heading into the third.

Yelich continued to shine as he hit a solo home run in top of the third. After Dietrich doubled, a Stanton line-drive drove the runner home, giving the Marlins a 3-1 lead. Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-out single in the bottom of the inning and Kemp drew a walk, but both runners were left on base. Haren was able to regather in the top of the fourth as he retired the batters in order, but Koehler saw slightly more trouble, giving up two walks to Drew Butera and Dee Gordon. Puig took advantage of Koehler’s mistakes by hitting an 84-MPH slider into the stands in left-center field to give the Dodgers the 4-3 advantage, and Dan Jennings was brought in to replace the Marlins starter.

Haren continued strong into the fifth with a quick 1-2-3 inning as Henry Rodriguez came out of the bullpen for the Marlins to start of the bottom of the inning. Kemp walked after dodging a pitch near his head and again stole second base. Andre Ethier followed with an RBI single as Kemp beat Stanton’s throw home. Butera then hit a one-out double and Rodriguez subsequently issued three consecutive walks, eventually sending Butera home. With the Dodgers leading 6-3, the Marlins were forced to bring in Brad Hand to finish off the inning.

Heading into the sixth, Stanton hit a leadoff double, but Haren was able to pitch a scoreless inning after getting the following three batters to groundout. Hand remained in the game for the remainder of the sixth as Gonzalez drew the leadoff walk. The Marlins reliever gave up a base hit to Turner, but struckout Butera to end the inning. Haren remained composed on the mound as he retired his sixth consecutive batter to end his day in the seventh. Chone Figgins came on to pinch-hit for Haren and hit a leadoff single off of Marlins reliever Carter Capps. Figgins proceeded to steal second but was left on base as the inning ended.

Brian Wilson entered the game in the eighth inning and gave up a leadoff walk to Yelich. Reed Johnson homered in the following at-bat and the Marlins inched closer to the Dodgers with the score now 6-5. Wilson was able to record the next two outs, but J.P. Howell was brought in to face Saltalamacchia, who struckout to end the top of the eighth. Mike Dunn replaced Capps on the mound and retired the Dodgers in order.

Kenley Jansen was brought in to close the game and had an opportunity to redeem himself after a disastrous outing on Sunday. The right-hander bounced back with three quick outs to log the save as the Dodgers defeated the Marlins, 6-5.
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Nadia Tseng is a UCLA student looking to pursue a career in the film or sports industries. A New York sports fan at heart, she co-hosts an MLB talk show for UCLA Radio and is currently an editorial intern for Screen International.

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