Final Score: Los Angeles 6, Miami 4
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Yasiel Puig didn't start Tuesday's game, but the
Dodgers rookie made his presence felt when he led off the eighth inning with a
go-ahead solo homer in Los Angeles' 6-4 win over the Miami Marlins.
Puig was reportedly fined for being late to the ballpark but entered the game
during a late double-switch.
Hitless in his previous 11 at-bats, the Cuban phenom stepped to the plate to
lead off the eighth and cleared the scoreboard in left-center on a first-pitch
fastball from Dan Jennings (2-4) to break a 4-4 tie.
"He's just instinctive," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Puig. "He was
just up there hitting."
The home run was enough for the Dodgers to avoid a three-game losing streak
despite the club leaving 12 runners on base while going 4-for-17 with runners
in scoring position.
The Marlins were even worse in such situations, recording just two hits in 14
chances as their modest two-game win streak came to an end.
Giancarlo Stanton went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, while Jeff Mathis
had two hits and singled in Justin Ruggiano to tie the game in the sixth.
Dodgers reliever Chris Withrow (2-0) struck out Donovan Solano to leave the
bases loaded in the sixth, then survived consecutive singles to open the
Puig's 12th home run of the season put the visitors in front, and Hanley
Ramirez scored an insurance run in the ninth on Tim Federowicz's infield hit.
Kenley Jansen closed out the win in the ninth with his 20th save as the
Dodgers evened the four-game series at one game apiece.
The Marlins scored in the first inning off Chris Capuano when a leadoff double
from Christian Yelich followed by productive groundouts from Solano and
Stanton pushed a run across.
Marlins starter Jacob Turner wiggled around jams the first three innings
before giving up four runs with two outs in the fourth. He walked Capuano to
load the bases, and Carl Crawford tied the game with an infield single.
Mark Ellis hit a grounder up the middle that was fielded by Adeiny
Hechavarria, and the shortstop's low throw got by Logan Morrison and allowed
two runs to score. Adrian Gonzalez capped the inning with an RBI single.
"It didn't look like (Turner) had it tonight," Marlins manager Mike Redmond
Miami got two back in the fourth, one coming on Ruggiano's bases-loaded
fielder's choice and the other on Hechavarria's one-out single.
Puig's homer was his first since Aug. 1 ... Capuano, who celebrated his 35th
birthday on Monday, allowed three runs on six hits and lasted five innings ...
The Dodgers have won each of Capuano's last seven starts ... Turner was
charged with four runs -- three earned -- on 10 hits and five walks over five
frames ... Over his last 20 starts dating back to last year, Turner has
allowed more than three earned runs just twice ... Gonzalez had three of Los
Angeles' 16 hits.
08/21 00:26:47 ET
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