The Dodgers beat the Marlins 4-3 tonight at Dodger Stadium. For a full recap and boxscore click here.
THE BARE ESSENTIALS:
Casey Blake won it with a walk-off single in the ninth with the bases loaded, two outs, and a 2-2 count. He was facing Marlins reliever Luis Ayala and hit a bloop pop-up that found a hole between second and center.
Hiroki Kuroda turned in only his second quality start this season, going six innings and giving up three runs.
The Dodgers won this one on the strength of their bullpen, as Guillermo Mota and Jonathan Broxton turned in spotless relief (only one walk and no hits allowed in three innings), and they scored three runs off a total of five Marlins relievers. Mota extended his scoreless innings streak to 19. Broxton got the win, his seventh.
Andre Ethier and Orlando Hudson each had three hits as Ethier continued his tear of late. Rafael Furcal went 2-for-5.
Marlins starter Rick Vandenhurk stymied the Blue, allowing a run in the first but shutting them down before exiting after five innings.
After 14 hits last night, Florida had only six Saturday. No Marlin had more than one hit.
Manny Ramirez went 1-for-5 and struck out in a key situation in the ninth.
Chris Volstad (7-9, 4.34) and Jason Schmidt (1-0, 5.40) tomorrow night in the rubber game of the three-game set.