Yasiel Puig didn’t let being given a day off on Tuesday get in the way of doing something dramatic – this time, hitting an eighth-inning go-ahead home run en route to the Dodgers’ 6-4 win over the Marlins in Miami.
Starter Chris Capuano put the Dodgers in a 1-0 hole early: after Christian Yelich led off the first with a double, he advanced to third on a Donovan Solano groundout and scored on a Giancarlo Stanton groundout, as two productive outs by the Marlins plated the game’s first run.
A potential Dodgers rally withered in the second when Skip Schumaker grounded into an unconventional 3-2-5 double play. After Tim Federowicz was intentionally walked by Marlins pitcher Jacob Turner, Capuano grounded out to end the threat.
The Dodgers’ double play problem flared up again in the fourth – singles from Andre Ethier and Juan Uribe were followed up by another twin killing off the bat of Schumaker, this one of the 4-6-3 variety. However, walks to Federowicz (intentional) and Capuano (unintentional) and singles from Carl Crawford and Mark Ellis (and an error from shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria) gave L.A. a 3-1 lead. Adrian Gonzalez then plated the fourth run with an RBI single of his own.
Capuano, though, quickly let the Marlins get back into the game – singles from Stanton and Logan Morrison and a walk to Ed Lucas loaded the bases with nobody out. A Justin Ruggiano fielder’s choice plated a run and an RBI single from Hechavarria plated another, as the Marlins drew closer at 4-3.
Another Dodgers rally was quashed by a double play in the fifth, this time courtesy of Uribe. With two outs, Schumaker walked and Federowicz singled, but again Capuano grounded out to end the threat.
In the sixth, singles from Crawford and Gonzalez were wasted when Hanley Ramirez hit into the team’s fourth double play on the night (as they had difficulty taking full advantage of many opportunities given to them by Miami – the Dodgers racked up 13 hits, five walks and left 10 runners on base through seven innings).
The Dodgers’ 4-3 lead was given up by Brandon League in the sixth: a single from Justin Ruggiano, a walk to Hechavarria and a Jeff Mathis single tied the game at 4 apiece – and after J.P. Howell picked up the second out of the inning, Chris Withrow
An inning later, Withrow navigated through a two-on, nobody-out situation, getting Ed Lucas on a double play and striking out Justin Ruggiano for the third out.
Again with a flair for the extremely dramatic, Puig (who had come in an inning earlier on a double switch) led off the eighth with a first-pitch go-ahead home run against Dan Jennings, shooting L.A. back in front 5-4.
The Dodgers tacked on an insurance run in the ninth- after Hanley Ramirez doubled, a throwing error from Hechavarria put Uribe on third and runners on the corners for Schumaker. He popped out and Federowicz reached on an infield single, plating Ramirez and giving L.A. a 6-4 lead.
Kenley Jansen picked up his 20th save in the ninth without much hassle from the Marlins bats, as Jansen retired Yelich, Solano and Stanton on twelve pitches to wrap up the win.
The win ended the Dodgers’ first two-game losing streak since June, and pushed L.A.’s record to 73-52. They remained 7.5 games ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who beat the Reds on Tuesday night.
Tomorrow, Zack Greinke (11-3, 3.02 ERA) will take on former Dodger Nate Eovaldi (2-3, 3.96 ERA) at 4:10 p.m. PDT.