LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro singled up the middle against a five-man infield with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a 3-2 victory over the Florida Marlins on Friday night.
James Loney and Andre Ethier hit two-out home runs for the Dodgers, who improved to 4-9 in their last 13 games.
Rubby De La Rosa (1-0) pitched one inning and was credited with his first major league win despite giving up the tying run in the eighth on Greg Dobbs’ second RBI single of the game.
Clay Hensley (0-1) came on in the ninth and gave up a single to deep shortstop by Casey Blake, who had come off the disabled list earlier Friday. Ethier followed with a single to right and Blake got to third as Mike Stanton mishandled the ball for an error.
Matt Kemp was intentionally walked, setting the stage for Navarro, who batted for De La Rosa and lined a 2-0 pitch into center field after Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez called in center fielder Chris Coghlan to be the fifth infielder.
Dodgers starter Jon Garland allowed one run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings, walked four and struck out two.
Marlins starter Javier Vazquez gave up two runs and three hits in six innings, walked one and struck out three.
Loney gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the second with his second homer of the season. He hit a 1-0 pitch into the lower right field seats with two outs.
The Marlins tied the game 1-1 in the sixth on Dobbs’ two-out RBI single, scoring Hanley Ramirez, who walked.
Ethier put the Dodgers back in front 2-1 when he homered with two outs in the sixth. He sent an 0-1 pitch into the Marlins’ bullpen in right field.
The Dodgers turned four double plays, the last in the eighth after the Marlins had tied the game.
Stanton popped out in foul territory near the Marlins’ dugout and Loney leaned over the railing to catch the ball. He casually tossed it to De La Rosa, who failed to realize Gaby Sanchez broke for the plate. Sanchez got caught in a rundown and was eventually tagged out by De La Rosa, who chased him back toward third base.
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