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LAD 9, MIA 1; Dodgers dominate Marlins for second straight night

The Marlins have been outscored 24-2 through first two games of the series, and have now lost 10 of their last 12 overall.

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Miami Marlins Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

MIAMI—It was more of the same for the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night. Just like the previous night, they got dominated in all facets of the game by the Los Angeles Dodgers, losing 9-1.

Clayton Kershaw: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 10 K, 0 BB

Elieser Hernandez: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 7 K, 1 BB, 4 HR

The Dodgers got out to an early lead and never looked back. In the first inning, Justin Turner hit a two-out solo home run. Immediately after, Cody Bellinger bunted against the shift, and Corey Seager followed it up with a home run of his own.

Edwin Rios, a product of Florida International University in Miami, hit his first two home runs of his career

“Just felt at home. Back at the ‘305’,” said Rios, who had his uncle, friends and fiancé at the game as well. “It was awesome, just hearing the fans on deck screaming ‘FIU,’ it was just awesome being home.”

In the first two game of this series, the Dodgers have scored 24 runs and hit 10 home runs.

Clayton Kershaw had almost as commanding a start as a pitcher could have. He struck out eight of the first nine batters he faced, including seven straight to start the game. He also carried a no-hitter through 4 23 innings before Harold Ramirez broke it up with a single. This was the second time this season that Clayton Kershaw reached 10 Ks; the other instance was also against the Marlins (July 20 in L.A.).

This excellent outing also turned into a milestone night for Kershaw. He tied Sandy Koufax for fifth all-time in team wins and most ever by a Dodgers left-hander with 165.

“Any time you’re mentioned with Sandy [Koufax], it’s a really special thing,” Kershaw said.

The Marlins avoided the shutout with a pinch-hit home run from Curtis Granderson to open the ninth, which was the 100th homer for the club in 2019. But that was the only run they’d manufacture all night.

The Fish look to salvage something from this dreadful series Thursday at 3:05 p.m. It won’t get any easier though, as the Dodgers will send Walker Buehler (10-2, 3.08 ERA) to the mound. The Marlins will start Caleb Smith (7-6, 3.71). He’ll hope to bounce back from his last start where he gave up 6 ER in 4.2 IP.

Dodgers vs. Marlins box score (Baseball Theater)

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