The Los Angeles Dodgers looked to claim their second consecutive win Tuesday night after hanging on for a one-run win over the Miami Marlins Monday. With Josh Beckett on the mound, the right-hander allowed just one hit and fanned two in his first two scoreless innings of work. Marlins starter Jacob Turner was off to an almost identical start, with Matt Kemp being the only Dodger to get a base hit in the first two innings.
Heading into the third, Beckett issued his first walk of the game in what was his only mistake of the inning. The Dodger starter was the sole contributor during the bottom of the inning as well after hitting a single, which landed him on second due to a throwing error by Derek Dietrich. Beckett was left on base as the Dodgers offense remained silent early on.
The game became slightly more eventful in the fourth inning as Beckett faced some trouble. Giancarlo Stanton hit a ground ball down the third base line to leadoff the inning and proceeded to steal second as Drew Butera withheld the throw. After Casey McGehee grounded out, Stanton advanced to third, but Beckett followed with a strikeout of Jarrod Saltalamacchia for the second out.
Although a walk from Garrett Jones put runners on the corners, Beckett struck out Marcell Ozuna to work his way out of the jam. Yasiel Puig hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning, but the Dodgers were again unable to capitalize.
The scoreboard remained empty heading into the fifth as the two starters breezed through the inning, allowing just one hit a piece. Beckett remained strong in the sixth as he retired the Marlins in order, but Turner was not as fortunate.
Dee Gordon hit a one-out double to start the Dodgers rally, and Puig followed up with a walk. Hanley Ramirez scored Gordon and Puig with a double, and Adrian Gonzalez joined the doubles party to score Ramirez. Kemp hit a line drive single to left, sending Gonzalez home, and the Dodgers gained a 4-0 edge. Dan Jennings replaced Turner, and Carl Crawford hit a fly ball past Stanton to advance Kemp to third. The rally continued as Justin Turner hit a sacrifice fly that scored Kemp and the Dodgers finished the sixth with the 5-0 lead.
Beckett gave up his first run of the game in the seventh after a leadoff double to Garrett Jones translated into a run following a sacrifice fly from Ozuna. After Dietrich drew a walk, Chris Perez relieved Beckett and recorded the final two outs of the inning. A.J. Ramos replaced Jennings in the bottom of the inning and began his outing by hitting Chone Figgins with a pitch. The pinch-hitter stole second, and Puig doubled to send Figgins home. Although the Dodgers extended their lead to five runs, Ramos was able to regather and got out of the inning.
Brandon League came in to relieve Perez and retired the Marlins in order for an efficient eighth inning. With Steve Cishek taking over for Miami in the bottom of the inning, he struck out Kemp, but gave up a double to Carl Crawford. Turner grounded out as Crawford advanced to third, and Butera hit a single to left field to extend the Dodgers’ lead.
With a comfortable six-run lead, Jamey Wright threw a 30-pitch ninth inning and secured the 7-1 win for the Dodgers.
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