There are times when pretty much everything seems to work. The games in which you can imagine front-office types doing a lot of nodding and going, “Yes, just the way we planned it!”
The Dodgers had one of those games on a humid Friday night in Miami, the offense pounding out hits and runs, starting pitcher Brett Anderson looking like an ace, picking off runners, and the team playing errorless defense.
The Dodgers put that all together for a 7-1 victory over the Marlins at the curious facility they call Marlins Park.
Anderson gave up a run in the first inning, when former Dodger Dee Gordon did his thing, beating out an infield single, stealing second base, advancing to third on a groundout and scoring on another.
Then it was pretty much all Dodgers. Anderson (4-4) completed one of his best outings of the season, tying a career-high with 10 strikeouts and otherwise inducing almost nothing but groundouts.
He left after seven innings, the Dodgers by then leading, 6-1.
Scott Van Slyke gave him the lead with a two-run homer in the second inning. The Dodgers added three more in the fourth after loading the bases on a walk, hit batter and an Alex Guerrero single. Jimmy Rollins dumped a single into right field to score two and Anderson got into the offensive fun with an RBI single.
Guerrero singled in another in the fifth and Joc Pederson doubled and scored in the eighth on a Howie Kendrick single. For Kendrick, it completed a four-hit night.
The bullpen continued its recent strong play, Adam Liberatore and Pedro Baez -- just activated -- each throwing a scoreless inning.
Not that Miami wasn’t completely involved, but the last 10 consecutive outs were recorded via strikeout. Baez struck out the side in the ninth, hitting 98 mph on the radar gun.
For Anderson -- who also picked off two runners -- it was another consistent effort. In his last 11 game, he has a 2.47 earned-run average.