Dodgers' 21 hits easily trump early Fish jack
LOS ANGELES -- Giancarlo Stanton launched a historic blast in the first inning at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night, but after that it was all Dodgers in a 21-hit attack in an 11-1 rout of the Marlins.
Andre Ethier matched a career high with five hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs as Los Angeles won its fifth straight. Howie Kendrick also homered and had three hits as the Dodgers easily overcame a prodigious shot by Stanton that cleared the Dodger Stadium left-field pavilion, believed to be only the fifth home run ever hit out of the 53-year-old ballpark. It traveled a projected 475 feet, according to Statcast™.
"We needed to hang in there, and we couldn't slow them down," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "After the fifth inning, the momentum changed. We couldn't stop them. They got 21 hits. It wasn't our night."
Mike Bolsinger went 5 2/3 innings to earn his first Dodgers victory in his second start of the year. Bolsinger was called up before the game to oppose Dan Haren, whose trade to the Marlins by the Dodgers over the winter led to the acquisition of Kendrick. The Dodgers had six players with multiple hits, five with multiple runs scored and four with multiple RBIs.
"We did a good job forcing [Haren] to throw the ball in the strike zone and kept the pressure on him," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "We did a good job of passing the baton."
Ethier on the rebound: The third-inning tie-breaking home run to center by Ethier, starting in place of injured right fielder Yasiel Puig, was the 150th of his career and fifth this year, one more than he hit in 2014. His 5-for-5 night has him batting .329. More >
Stanton leaves the park: Stanton's shot was the third-longest homer this season tracked by Statcast™ -- behind Nelson Cruz (483), Josh Donaldson (481). Stanton's homer was impressive, but it wasn't his hardest-hit ball. His single to left in the sixth inning was tracked by Statcast™ to have an exit speed of 120 mph, matching his fastest exit speed of the season. More >
Haren tagged on left arm: Along with giving up six runs in 4 1/3 innings, Haren's night also was hurt by a hard grounder that struck him above the glove on his left arm. The smash, off the bat of Kendrick in the first inning, left a bruise. Haren was looked at by the trainer, but opted to stay in after throwing two warmup pitches. More >
No radar gun needed: Starting pitchers Bolsinger and Haren combined to throw 167 pitches, none faster than 89 mph. More >
"Any time I've got to come out of the game early is not good for the team. Luckily we're off in a day or two. We've got to come out tomorrow and try to win a game and salvage this thing." -- Haren on his season-short night
"He came into Spring Training on a little bit of a mission. He voiced he wanted to play every day and backed it up with his play." -- Mattingly on Ethier
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The 21 hits allowed by the Marlins tied for the third most in franchise history. The most hits given up by the club was 28 on June 27, 2003, at Boston.
Miami's Opening Day starter, Henderson Alvarez, began his rehab assignment on Tuesday night, throwing six scoreless innings, giving up four hits and no walks while striking out five for Class A Jupiter. Alvarez has been on the disabled list since April 13 with right shoulder inflammation. Alvarez probably will have at least one more rehab start, but he is close to being reinstated from the DL.
Marlins: In Wednesday's series finale at 7:50 p.m. ET, Jarred Cosart takes the mound in search of his first win since April 22 at Philadelphia, which has been his only win of the year. Cosart has labored in his last two starts, both losses, giving up seven runs in nine innings.
Dodgers: Carlos Frias makes his third start for the Dodgers and is close to actually being considered part of the rotation, with Brandon McCarthy out for the year and Hyun-Jin Ryu out indefinitely. Frias made it five innings in his last start against the Brewers, allowing three runs. He has never faced the Marlins.
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