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Marlins erupt for 13 runs to avoid Dodgers' sweep


Reuters Miami
Updated: 16-08-2019 09:49 IST
Marlins erupt for 13 runs to avoid Dodgers' sweep

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Jon Berti started three rallies and scored three runs as the host Miami Marlins surprised the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-7 on Thursday afternoon. Brian Anderson, Starlin Castro, Lewis Brinson and Jorge Alfaro each had three RBIs for the Marlins. Miami broke the game open with a six-run fifth inning as Anderson and Brinson each hit two-run doubles.

Los Angeles hit four homers, including a three-run shot by Cody Bellinger in the seventh inning -- his career-high 40th dinger of the season. Bellinger, who hit 39 as a rookie in 2017, became the first major-leaguer to 40 homers this year, though the Angels' Mike Trout joined him later Thursday night. The Dodgers, who have the best record in the National League, took the first two games of this series against the Marlins, who have the worst record in the NL. The Dodgers outscored Miami 24-2 in those two games.

However, the Marlins turned things around on Thursday as lefty Caleb Smith (8-6) improved to 7-4 this season when following a Marlins loss. Smith needed 106 pitches to get through five innings, but he allowed just one run on one hit and three walks. Walker Buehler (10-3) took the loss, allowing five hits, three walks, and five runs in four-plus innings. He had allowed just one run in his two previous starts, covering 15 innings. In two career starts at Marlins Park, he is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA.

Miami opened the scoring in the first. Leadoff man Berti was grazed on his left elbow for a hit by a pitch, and he scored when Anderson's soft fly dropped in shallow center. It was Miami's first lead of the series. Berti started another rally with a leadoff double in the third. He eventually scored on Castro's sacrifice fly to give Miami a 2-0 lead.

The Dodgers cut their deficit to 2-1 in the fifth as rookie Kyle Garlick hit a full-count fastball for his third homer of the season. Berti started his third rally in the fifth as he was again hit by a pitch, this time harder. Isan Diaz followed with an infield single, and both runners scored when Anderson doubled off the wall in left, just over the glove of Garlick. Anderson's shot, clocked at 104 mph, was the hardest-hit ball allowed all game by Buehler, and it led to his exit, as he was replaced by reliever Pedro Baez.

Baez failed to retire any of the four batters he faced, and Miami got RBI singles from Castro and Alfaro and Brinson's two-run double, bumping the lead to 8-1. The Dodgers cut their deficit to 8-4 in the sixth on homers by Max Muncy (a two-run shot) and Corey Seager (solo blast). But Miami came back with five in the bottom of the sixth and held on from there.

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