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Dodgers-Marlins Recap: Crawford Homers In Extras, Dodgers Win 9-7

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Dee Gordon started the game with a lead off single off of Miami Marlins starter Jacob Turner and quickly proceeded to steal second. Yasiel Puig struck out, and Hanley Ramirez lined into a double play. Paul Maholm took the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers, looking to build on his last outing. The left-hander allowed runners to reach first and second with two outs but worked for the final out to end the first inning.

Heading into the second, Matt Kemp hit a line drive to left for his ninth double of the season and advanced to third on an Andre Ethier ground out. Juan Uribe hit an RBI single, putting the Dodgers ahead, 1-0. The Marlins tied the Dodgers as Jeff Baker hit a solo homer in the bottom half of the inning.

In the third, Gordon hit another single and moved to second after Puig grounded out. Ramirez smacked a grounder up the middle and Gordon easily made it home to give the Dodgers the 2-1 advantage. The Marlins tied the game after Maholm gave up a double to Casey McGehee that scored Adeiny Hechavarria. Marcell Ozuna nearly drove in another run but a diving play by Gordon stopped the grounder from going up the middle to end the inning.

The Dodgers drove in four additional runs in the fourth as a series of base hits from Uribe and Miguel Olivo set Gordon up for more success as the second baseman hit a flare into left field to send Uribe home. Puig followed with a monster of a home run to clear the bases to give the Dodgers a 6-2 edge. Maholm found himself with runners on first in second in the bottom of the fourth but managed pitch a scoreless inning.

In the fifth, the Marlins replaced Turner with reliever Kevin Slowey, who gave up just one hit Kemp, who was eventually thrown out trying to steal second. Maholm once again worked his way through another scoreless inning after a runner reached scoring position. In the sixth, Gordon remained unstoppable as he hit another RBI single. Jeff Mathis answered with hit a solo homer to make the score 7-3.

Carter Capps took the mound in the seventh and retired the Dodgers in order. Brian Wilson also came out of the bullpen, but struggled as he gave up a three-run home run to Ozuna. With the Marlins just a run behind, J.P. Howell came into the game to record the final out. Capps continued into the eighth and threw another 1-2-3 inning, and Chris Withrow then replaced Howell. Withrow struggled as he loaded the bases, but got Giancarlo Stanton swinging to end the threat.

Brad Hand took over in the ninth and gave up just one hit to Puig in a scoreless outing, as Chris Perez came in to close the game. Perez gave up a leadoff double to McGehee and proceeded to walk Garrett Jones. As he eventually loaded bases with just one out, the reliever walked Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the game was tied and headed to the 10th.

Steve Cishek replaced Hand on the mound and allowed just one hit to Kemp as the game remained tied into the bottom of the inning. Brandon League entered the game and gave up a single to Hechavarria, who advanced to second on a throwing error by Gordon. After intentionally walking Stanton, McGehee hit into a double play and advanced the runner to third with two outs. League managed to strike out Derek Dietrich to end the inning.

Heading into the 11th, Carlos Marmol was the next Marlins reliever to enter the game and gave up a lead off walk to Uribe. With one out, pinch-hitter Carl Crawford blasted a two-run home run to right field to give the Dodgers a 9-7 lead. League remained in the game for the bottom of the inning and closed the game as the Dodgers grabbed the win in extras.
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