The Los Angeles Dodgers entered Monday’s game with the Miami Marlins losers in three of their last four games and 3-7 in their last 10 games.
Despite the rough stretch, Yasiel Puig carried an 11-game hitting streak into the meeting as the Dodgers not only looked to get back on the winning side of things, but also score their first run of the season off Marlins starter Tom Koehler.
Koehler shutout the Dodgers in seven innings back on May 2 and began the game with a scoreless inning streak of 15. The Dodgers put an end to the streak in the second inning to tie the game after the Marlins scored a run in the first.
As for Puig’s hitting streak, he was 0-for-1 with a walk when he came up for his third at-bat of the game in the fourth inning. With the Dodgers trailing 3-1, Koehler was on the mound with two runners on base and two outs.
A Dee Gordon walk presented Puig with the opportunity to break the tie and the highlight reel of an outfielder didn’t waste any time. Puig sent Koehler’s first pitch halfway up the pavilion in left-center field to give the Dodgers a 4-3 lead.
The home run extended Puig’s hitting streak to 12 games and marked the first time this season he’s homered in back-to-back games, which he’s now done three times in his young career.
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