Nobody would say so, but it was set up as something of a sacrifice, the
But in a tense, back-and-forth affair ultimately decided after both pitchers had called it an afternoon, it was an unlikely
Puig hit a padded pole at the wall hard and fell to the ground. He appeared dazed and remained there awhile, before walking off. He also appeared to be struck in the face by the ricocheting ball.
Baker was batting .130, but with
The Dodgers had scraped back all afternoon, finally tying the game in the ninth on pinch-hitter
The right-handed Fife was called up from triple-A Albuquerque to replace
Fife was plagued by the long ball Sunday, but really turned in as solid a performance as the Dodgers could have hoped. He went six-plus innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out five.
Unfortunately, three of the seven hits were home runs. Stanton hit a two-run shot in the first, Christian Yellich a solo homer in the fifth, and after the Dodgers had scrambled back to tie the game 3-3, Stanton hit a solo shot in the sixth.
Stanton, the former Sherman Oaks Notre Dame High star, leads the
The Dodgers, though, battled Fernandez and made a game of it. They tied it at 2-2 in the third with a two-out rally.
The Marlins regained the lead on Yellich’s homer in the fifth, but the Dodgers tied it again in the sixth on another two-out rally started with a walk, this one to
Fernandez went seven innings for the Marlins and was charged with three runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks. He struck out 10 to give him 65 on the season, tops in the majors.
The Marlins had an opportunity to break the game open in the seventh, but the Dodgers bullpen – which mostly had been struggling – came through. After Fife walked lead off hitter
A Yellich bunt sacrificed the runners up, but Howell got pinch-hitter Baker to bounce to third baseman