Marlins amass enough offense to win without star
MIAMI -- The Dodgers were in a giving mood on Saturday, and the Marlins -- having gone through so much strife of late -- were gladly willing to receive.
The Marlins capitalized on two errors and a Clayton Kershaw wild pitch, and they scratched out just enough offense to hold on to a 3-2 win over the Dodgers at Marlins Park, snapping a five-game losing streak.
Miami pieced together an improbable win against a National League Cy Young Award and MVP Award winner and one of the toughest teams in the NL on the day it was revealed Giancarlo Stanton will miss 4-6 weeks due to a broken hamate bone in his left hand.
Christian Yelich had four hits, matching a career high, and scored a run.
"That's what we're going to have to do with the big fella going down," Yelich said. "He's been carrying us for the last couple of weeks. Now, we're going to have to find different ways to win. We're going to have to step up, and that's how we're going to have to play until he gets back."
Stanton likely won't return until late July at the earliest.
Miami collected eight hits, and had doubles from J.T. Realmuto and Dee Gordon, the former Dodger.
With just enough run support, Tom Koehler held the Dodgers in check for seven innings, before turning things over to the bullpen.
"We appreciate the breaks they gave us," Gordon said. "We were able to capitalize and protect the lead for T.K. and the bullpen. Our bullpen pitched great, and T.K. kept us right there the whole game. He locked down. He was stellar."
With Stanton out, Marcell Ozuna batted cleanup, and he struck out four straight times. Adeiny Hechavarria had a hit in four at-bats from the third spot. Ichiro Suzuki, who went 0-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt, will get more time in right field with Stanton out.
Saturday was a team effort, and manager Dan Jennings said it will take more of those with Miami missing its star slugger.
"It's a case here where it's next man up mentality," Jennings said. "You're not going to replace Giancarlo Stanton. That just doesn't happen. These guys understand now what we have to do. We've got to pitch and we have to play good defense. In our at-bats, we've got to battle. I think we came out the first inning, the very first inning, and set an aggressive approach."