Neither an absolutely stupefying, Paul Bunyanesque home run from Giancarlo Stanton, the return of another old friend nor having to reach down for yet another spot starter could deter the Dodgers Tuesday.
After Stanton hit a towering solo home run an estimated 478 feet in the first inning that club officials said hit the back of the awning covering left field, you could say the Dodgers recovered nicely.
They went on to dominate the rest of the night, beating the Marlins, 11-1, behind a season-high 21-hit attack that ruined the Dodger Stadium return of former teammate Dan Haren, which seemed only fair since they are paying his $10-million salary.
Stanton made Haren feel just fine in the first when he hit his rocket out to left. He hit it so hard, most lost sight of the ball. Only three players have unofficially hit a home run out of Dodger Stadium on the fly -- Willie Stargell (twice), Mike Piazza and current Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire.
After Stanton's blast, however, everything in the night belonged to the Dodgers who won their fifth consecutive game.
The Dodgers took back the lead with homers of their own. Howie Kendrick hit a solo shot in the third to tie it and Andre Ethier hit another in the fourth. Ethier finished the night with five hits and three RBIs, and Kendrick with four hits.
The Dodgers chased Haren (4-2) with four runs in the fifth. Haren, Dee Gordon and Miguel Rojas were traded to the Marlins in the off-season for left-hander Andrew Heaney, reliever Chris Hatcher, Enrique Hernandez and catcher Austin Barnes.
Then the flood just kept pouring down on the Marlins in the sixth, the Dodgers scoring five more times against the Miami bullpen.
Every Dodgers position player had at least one hit and six had at least two.
The beneficiary of all this was right-hander Mike Bolsinger, making his second spot star for the Dodgers. He got his jaw back off the ground after Stanton's blast to pitch an effective 5 2/3 innings. He allowed five hits and walked two, striking out three.
The Dodgers bullpen continued to its strong play, Paco Rodriguez, Sergio Santos, Juan Nicasio and J.P. Howell holding the Marlins scoreless the final 3 1/3 innings.
The Dodgers increased their baseball-best run differential to plus-64 and their home record to 15-2. They are the first Dodgers team in the modern era to start a season 15-2 at home.
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