Postgame thoughts: Dodgers 6, Marlins 0.

Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig scored on an RBI single in the fourth inning by Clayton Kershaw. (Associated Press photo)

Clayton Kershaw handed the ball to Brian Wilson in the ninth inning in a game that began just before 10 a.m. Pacific Time.

Otherwise, everything the Dodgers did to the Miami Marlins on Thursday restored a sense of normalcy to their season.

Kershaw pitched eight shutout innings, lowering his major-league leading earned run average to 1.72, and driving in the only run he would need with an RBI single in the fourth inning. The Dodgers scored five more times against the Marlins for good measure, helped by doubles from five different players among their eight hits.

There was a point early in this series when the Dodgers looked mortal and Yasiel Puig looked immature, but that quickly passed. Having Zack Greinke and Kershaw on the mound on back-to-back days will do that for a team.
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Postgame thoughts: Dodgers 4, Marlins 1.

Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke pitched eight innings and didn’t walk a batter in the Dodgers’ 4-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday. (Associated Press photo)

There was a time not too long ago that “Bad Zack Greinke” existed, like other pitchers prone to bipolar performances.
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Dodgers bench their hottest hitter against Marlins; Yasiel Puig returns.

Yasiel Puig

In this photo posted to the Dodgers’ Facebook account today (and quite possibly staged), rookie Yasiel Puig points to a clock inside Marlins Park.

Yasiel Puig is on time and in the Dodgers’ lineup today.

Puig was benched (for poor play) and fined (for being late) Tuesday afternoon, only to come back and hit the game-winning home run later in the day.

The Dodgers are facing a familiar hard-throwing right-hander in Nate Eovaldi.

The notable absence from the lineup today? Juan Uribe, who’s hitting .588 (10-for-17) with three doubles, a homer and four RBI through five games on the Dodgers’ road trip. Uribe ranks ninth in the National League with a .355 batting average (22-for-62) in 19 games this month. He’s 9 for 13 (.692) with three RBI in five games against Miami this season — but will have to pull a Puig off the bench to continue his hot streak today.

Here’s the Dodgers’ full lineup:
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