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MLB Scores: Marlins 6 Dodgers 3

The Marlins get the job done against a critically acclaimed opponent.

What? Can't a man enjoy the fruits of his labor?
What? Can't a man enjoy the fruits of his labor?
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins hitters brought the pain out of nowhere in the sixth inning against a (up until that point) seemingly indestructible Clayton Kershaw, and Miami suddenly finds itself on a mini winning streak as the Fish pull off their second straight in Los Angeles by a final score of 6-3.

Bullet points!

  • Clayton Kershaw was his typical dominant self through five innings, allowing one hit (a Marcell Ozuna triple in the first) and striking out eight. But you know what they say about the third time through the lineup, and I guess even one of the best pitchers on the planet is no exception, for by the time the sixth inning was over, Kershaw had given up five runs off of five hits. Just to point out how rare that was, here is a tweet from Glenn Geffner about it (h/t Fish Striper gustavopim from the gamethread):
  • Tom Koehler definitely had command issues in this one, as three walks and a wild pitch resulted in two Dodgers runs in the top half of the first inning. Still, he managed to limit the Dodgers to three runs overall in five innings of work, and picked up the win as a result of his offense picking him up. Interestingly, the last time Koehler faced Kershaw, he also came away victorious. Normally you wouldn't want to rely upon your offense to spot you six runs to pick up said win, but it worked this time around. With Cosart's demotion, the Marlins need Koehler to be a steady, consistent presence in that rotation more than ever, so he'll need to be a little better than this going forward.
  • Let's talk about that crucial sixth inning from the Marlins perspective. After Adeiny Hechavarria lined out, the lineup turned over for the third time in the game and the Marlins suddenly started seeing Kershaw real well. Miguel Rojas pinch hit for Koehler and doubled, then Dee Gordon hit one back to Kershaw that careened off of him for an infield single. The returning Martin Prado then singled to score Rojas, and Christian Yelich singled yet again to score Gordon. The big blast, of course, came from Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton must feel comfortable coming back to the state of his birth because he just loves hitting in Dodger Stadium. His homer put the Marlins up 5-3. J.T. Realmuto would later add a RBI single in the eighth to drive in Yelich and make it 6-3. Back to Stanton's beautiful homerun. Stanton's reaction. Kershaw's reaction. It's perfect.

  • The back half of the bullpen is starting to take shape. Craig Breslow pitched one and two third's scoreless innings, then Kyle Barraclough continued to solidify himself as a late inning option by striking out the side in the eighth. A.J. Ramos had a shaky save, allowing the tying run to come to the plate, but a save it still was, nevertheless.
  • Ichiro Suzuki's single in the eighth tied him with Frank Robinson at 2,943 hits, good for 33rd on the all time list. He will need 57 hits in the last 143 games to get to the magic number of 3,000. I continue to be thankful that I had the opportunity to watch him up close at the beginning of his career and get to do so at the end of it as well.
The Marlins have won three straight and now sit at 8-11. Up next, the 2016 debut of Justin Nicolino, who will square off against Scott Kazmir in game three against the Dodgers at 7:10 EST.

Source: FanGraphs

Attendance: 41,102

Hero of the game: Giancarlo Stanton (.344)

Goat of the game: Clayton Kershaw (-.398)

Play of the game: Stanton homers in the sixth; Prado, Yelich score (.402)