Marlins swat four homers to overpower Dodgers

Marlins swat four homers to overpower Dodgers

Marlins swat four homers to overpower Dodgers
LOS ANGELES -- A couple of California natives helped power the Marlins to a 6-2 win over the Dodgers on Sunday in front of 41,907 at Dodger Stadium.

Giancarlo Stanton and Rob Brantly each went deep to provided Mark Buehrle with enough support and enabled the Marlins to snap their four-game losing streak.

"We played decent [on the trip]," Stanton said of Miami's 5-6 road swing. "We let two get away here, but today they challenged us and we came up and fought every inning."

Buehrle (12-11) continues to stay hot at a time the Marlins have cooled off. The lefty scattered six hits while walking three and striking out four over 5 2/3 innings, and he won his third straight decision.

"This is a good team over there, and I got in a couple of jams," Buehrle said. "Usually, I don't pitch out of them. I did a good enough job to battle out and make pitches when I needed to."

Even though the Dodgers scored just twice, they left 16 on base and went 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position.

"We made [Buehrle] pitch," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "We gave ourselves chances. We scored two. We probably could have scored 10."

Dodgers right-hander Aaron Harang allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Stanton, from Sunland, Calif., capped an incredible road trip with eight home runs in 11 games, 10 of which he started. Previously, no Marlins player had ever hit more than six homers on a road swing.

"I'm hitting home runs, but I don't feel like it's a great hitting roll," Stanton said. "I've hit some mistakes. Today, it was a fastball down the middle."

Brantly, a native of Temecula, Calif., belted a two-run shot in the fifth for his first Major League homer.

"This kid is still learning," manager Ozzie Guillen said of the rookie catcher. "There's no doubt he has a chance to be a pretty good player. His home run was what we most needed. We have to score that many runs up against that team because the Dodgers can put 20 runs, 10 runs in a heartbeat."

In the ninth inning, Jose Reyes and Carlos Lee went back-to-back, giving Miami a four-run cushion. It was the fifth time Miami has had successive homers this season, with the last coming at Arizona (Stanton and Justin Ruggiano) on Aug. 20.

"We have a long flight back," said Reyes, who homered in his first and last at-bats of the series. "Just to win at least the last game was huge for us, especially after the first two games we played here."

Steve Cishek got out of a bases-loaded situation in the eighth inning and locked down the four-out save.

For Miami, giving up early runs was a trend for much of the road trip.

In fact, since Miami left Denver on Aug. 19, the Marlins have allowed at least one run in the first inning in seven straight games.

The Dodgers continued the trend by pushing across a run in the first off Buehrle. A one-out walk to Nick Punto hurt the veteran lefty, because Adrian Gonzalez delivered a one-out RBI single.

Miami was able to pull even in the fourth inning on Stanton's no-doubt blast to center.

In the fifth inning, Brantly's first career homer gave Miami a 3-1 advantage. Donovan Solano led off with a single to right, extending his hit streak to 10 games.

Brantly had the thrill of experiencing his first big league homer in a park where he grew up watching games.

Brantly's two-run shot off Harang landed in the right-field seats. A fan threw the ball back onto the field, and Andre Ethier in right tossed it to the Marlins as a keepsake for Brantly.

"Off the bat, it felt really good," Brantly said. "I just made sure to put my head down and start running. It actually didn't sink in until I was rounding first base that it had gone over. It was a good feeling."

Getting the ball was a special treat.

"That was awesome," Brantly said. "They threw it back. They were booing. I never had that before. That was even better."

Buehrle worked out of a big jam in the fifth inning, when he loaded the bases with one out. But the lefty remained unflappable, retiring Hanley Ramirez on a popout to short and then getting Ethier to tap into a forceout to short.

"We just had scored two runs to take the lead, and then I go out there," Buehrle said. "One of the most frustrating things this year is it seems like every time that we've scored, I go out there and give at least one right back up. I got myself in a jam. I kept telling myself, 'We just scored and took the lead. I can't give it right back.' So it was a big moment in the game."

After the Marlins were unable to cash in on a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the seventh inning, the Dodgers closed to within 3-2 in the seventh on Ethier's RBI single.

The seventh inning featured some controversy with Luis Cruz at the plate with one out and runners on first and second. Cruz lifted a popup. But Ethier at first base interfered with Lee's path to the ball. The ball landed out of the reach of Brantly, the catcher near the first-base line. Had it stayed fair, the infield fly rule would have been in effect. There was confusion on the play, and the Marlins tagged out Gonzalez, who was on second. Technically, you can't have both interference and infield fly on the same play.

Mattingly argued, and it was determined that Cruz's ball rolled foul, so the infield fly was nullified. But Ethier was out on interference. Gonzalez went back to second, and Cruz returned to bat. On the next pitch, he lifted an inning-ending fly ball to left.

"I think they made the right decision," Guillen said. "I think everybody was confused. Like I say, every day you learn something in baseball. I think we learned something today. They got it right, because nobody touched the ball. It was a little messy, but they got it right."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.