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Dodgers Vs. Marlins Recap: Beckett Is Solid, Two-Out Rally Costs Dodgers

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Approximately 12 hours after arriving to their hotel, the Los Angeles Dodgers were back on the field on the heels of a doubleheader that included a 12-inning game.

Dee Gordon opened the game with an infield single and with his speed, gave Miami Marlins starter Tom Koehler more to worry over. Gordon was caught stealing with Yasiel Puig batting, who eventually reached on a walk. Puig managed to steal second but he, along with Adrian Gonzalez were stranded on base. Josh Beckett walked Christian Yelich, but he was erased as Miguel Olivo threw him out on a stolen base attempt. After getting a fly out, Beckett then struck out Giancarlo Stanton to end the inning.

Carl Crawford reached on an error in the second, but Koehler picked his team up and made easy work of the Dodgers. Beckett got his second strikeout of the game in the bottom of the second and then surrendered a solo home run to Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Garrett Jones then doubled to left with one out, however the Marlins would fail to add to their lead.

Koehler and Beckett combined to pitch a scoreless third inning, with each retiring the side in order. An Andre Ethier one-out double in the fourth would go to waste as Olivo and Crawford were unable to cash in. Saltalamacchia hit a two-out single in the bottom half of the inning, which then led to a Jones RBI double that Puig nearly was able to corral. Despite his failed leaping effort, a realy of Puig to Hanley Ramirez to Olivo nearly got Saltalamacchia at the plate.

With a 2-0 lead in the fifth, Koehler found himself in a bit of trouble after issuing a walk to Chone Figgins and a Gordon bunt single in the fifth. Puig came up to bat with a runner in scoring position and unlike what has been the case as of late, the right fielder was unable to get a run across and instead hit into double play. Adeiny Hechavarria doubled to start the bottom of the inning but that would be all for the Marlins as Koehler couldn’t lay a bunt down and and Yelich hit into an inning-ending double play.

Koehler struck out the heart of the Dodger order in the sixth and Beckett similarly retired the middle of the Marlins lineup in the home half of the inning to keep the Dodgers within two runs. The Dodgers were sat down in order for the second consecutive inning in the seventh, which resulted in Beckett taking the mound for another inning of work as his spot in the lineup wasn’t reached. Jones opened the bottom of the seventh with a double on a ball that skipped off Adrian Gonzalez’s glove. Beckett nearly got out of trouble as he retired the next two batters before pinch-hitting Reed Johnson hit a bloop RBI single.

The third run spelled the end of Beckett’s night and he was replaced by freshly recalled Jose Dominguez as part of a double switch. Yelich greeted the right-hander with an RBI triple that extended the Marlins’ lead to 4-0. With runners on the corners, Stanton hit a ball up the middle that Ramirez got to in time, but was unable to field cleanly and fifth run scored. Casey MceGhee added to Dominguez’s troubles with an RBI single that dropped between a trio of converging Dodgers in right field. After issuing a walk that loaded the bases, Dominguez stopped the rout with a ground ball out.

The Dodgers mounted a mini rally against Carlos Marmol, who took over for Koehler at the start of the eighth. Justin Turner drew a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Gordon then collected his third hit and first RBI of the night on a single to center field. Gordon quickly got himself into scoring position by stealing his second base of the game. Puig singled in Gordon and promptly stole second on a play that required a Don Mattingly challenge as Puig was initially ruled out.

Ramirez tapped back to the box that Marmol alertly fielded and threw to third to get Puig. Mike Dunn relieved Marmol and retired Gonzalez and Matt Kemp, who pinch-hit for Ehtier. Dominguez responded with an easy bottom of the eighth and the Dodgers added one run in the ninth before falling to the Marlins, 6-3.
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