After committing two errors that resulted in two unearned runs for the Miami Marlins, and squandering a strong outing from Clayton Kershaw, the Los Angeles Dodgers looked to back Zack Greinke and come away with a series win Sunday.
Joc Pederson, placed the blame of Saturday’s loss on himself, struck out to open the game a third consecutive day. Howie Kendrick hit a one-out single to center before Jose Urena got out of the inning by getting Adrian Gonzalez to ground into a 3-6-3 double play.
Dee Gordon led off the bottom of the first with a bloop single but was quickly erased from the basepaths as Yasmani Grandal caught the speedster stealing. Greinke then got Christian Yelich and Adeiny Hechavarria to both ground out.
Yasiel Puig drew a leadoff walk in the second inning and Urena also walked Andre Ethier, though with one out. Nothing came of it for the Dodgers as Alberto Callaspo struck out swinging and Rollins flied out to left. Greinke retired the Marlins in order in the bottom of the second, ending the inning by striking out Justin Bour.
Kendrick collected his second hit of the game with a two-out single to left in the third. Gonzalez then struck out swinging and the Dodgers were still held scoreless to that point. Greinke opened the bottom of the third by striking out Ichiro Suzuki and ended it two batters later with getting called strike three on Urena.
Puig again led off an inning with a walk, where he was once more stranded. After Grandal flied out to left, Ethier struck out and Rollins also flied out. Greinke walked Yelich with one out in the bottom of the fourth, then gave up a two-out base hit to Marcell Ozuna. The Marlins failed to capitalize on getting a runner in scoring position as Derek Dietrich grounded out.
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