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04/29 00:34 CDT Mattingly's Marlins complete 4-game sweep of Dodgers
Mattingly's Marlins complete 4-game sweep of Dodgers
By JOE RESNICK
LOS ANGELES (AP) --- Dee Gordon and Martin Prado drove in the tying and
go-ahead runs with consecutive two-out singles in the seventh inning, and the
Miami Marlins got home runs from Giancarlo Stanton and J.T. Realmuto to beat
the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Thursday night to complete a four-game sweep.
After the game, Major League Baseball announced that Gordon, the reigning NL
batting champion, has been suspended for 80 games after testing positive for
Jose Fernandez (2-2) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings, striking
out eight and walking three. The right-hander was lifted for a pinch-hitter
during the Marlins' pivotal three-run rally.
Kenta Maeda (3-1) was charged with four runs and seven hits over 6 2-3 innings
in his fifth big league start, after allowing just one run in 25 2-3 innings.
The Japanese-born right-hander took a 2-1 lead into the seventh before Gordon
chased him with his RBI single. Prado then greeted Pedro Baez with a
first-pitch single, and the right-hander balked home Gordon with the Marlins'
Stanton added his 18th homer in the eighth against Baez, and A.J. Ramos got
three outs for his sixth save.
The Dodgers grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first with Yasmani Grandal's double over
the head of center fielder Ichiro Suzuki and a run-scoring infield hit by
Yasiel Puig. Maeda struck out his first two batters in the second, but Realmuto
lined the next pitch to right-center for his second homer of the season.
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez came up with two men on base his first
three times up and came up empty each time. Fernandez struck him out the first
two times, then fielded a fifth-inning dribbler and tagged him halfway up the
first base line.
Marlins: During Florida manager Don Mattingly's five seasons as Dodgers
skipper, they swept a four-game series twice --- in August 2013 at Chicago, and
June 2012 at Philadelphia. . Suzuki started for the fourth time this season,
going 0 for 4. The 2001 AL MVP and two-time batting champion needs 57 hits for
3,000 in the big leagues. ... Realmuto has a hit in all nine games he's played
against the Dodgers, and is 14 for 32 altogether. . Rookie RHP Kyle Barraclough
has allowed no runs and three hits with 11 strikeouts in his first eight big
league relief appearances.
Dodgers: This was the first time the Dodgers were swept in a four-game series
at home since May 2012, by Milwaukee. . Grandal started in the cleanup spot for
the first time this season, becoming fifth player manager Dave Roberts has used
in the four hole through the first 23 games.
Marlins: LHP Mike Dunn threw off flat ground for the first time in his rehab
from a forearm strain. "Dunn is at least 30 days away from coming back, but it
helps that he's a reliever and doesn't have to get built up," Mattingly said.
Marlins: LHP Adam Conley (0-1) gets the assignment Friday night in the opener
of a three-game series at Milwaukee. He is 4-2 with a 4.04 ERA in 15 big league
starts, including two no-decisions against the Brewers last season as a rookie.
Dodgers: LHP Alex Wood (1-2) starts the opener of a three-game set with San
Diego, coming off a no-decision at Colorado in which he gave up five runs in
five innings before his teammates got him off the hook with five runs in the
ninth and won 12-10. He won both of his starts against the Padres last season
after his trade from the Braves to the Dodgers, allowing two runs over 14