The new-and-improved Javier Vazquez showed up in Los Angeles Friday night, but with the Marlins lineup struggling to capitalize against Jon Garland, and a rough outing from Clay Hensley, the game ended with a walk-off win for LA to open the series at Dodger Stadium.
For just the second time this season, Javy breezed through the first inning without giving up a run. Three hits were all the starter would allow in his six innings of work, unfortunately two of those hits were solo home runs. In the second, James Loney went deep to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, and Andre Ethier added a solo shot to put the Dodgers back on top in the bottom of the sixth.
The Marlins had chances against Jon Garland, collecting five hits and four walks in his 6 1/3 innings, but they struggled to turn those chances into runs. In the first, Hanley Ramirez and Logan Morrison worked 1-out walks, but were left stranded on base. In the fourth, Logan Morrison collected the team's first hit off of Garland, but Gaby Sanchez grounded into a double play to erase LoMo, and the inning fizzled out despite a two-out single by Greg Dobbs.
In the top of the sixth, Dobbs would add another hit, and his first RBI of the game. Hanley worked a leadoff walk, and LoMo followed with a single before Gaby uncharacteristically grounded into his second DP of the game. A single by Dobbs brought Hanley home, and tied up the game at 1-1.
Down a run in the top of the eighth, Greg Dobbs would add another RBI single to tie the game once again. Hanley walked to lead off the inning, and stole second base. After a single by Gaby, Dobbs singled to plate Hanley.
With the game tied up at 2-2, Clay Hensley came on to pitch in the bottom of the ninth. Clay loaded the bases with nobody out on singles from Casey Blake and Ethier, and an intentional walk to Matt Kemp. In need of a minor miracle, the Fish brought Coghlan in from left to go with a five-man infield to try and prevent a walk-off win. Unfortunately, pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro found a hole and singled to right to end the game.
The Fish have snapped their three-game win streak, and are now 3-1 on the West Coast Road Trip.