They were tired. Trouble was, until the end, they played like it.
They played 21 innings over more than eight hours Thursday in Minnesota, boarded a plane and flew to Florida in time to see the sun rise, so it was kind of understandable.
Just not pretty baseball to watch, a mostly lifeless group of Dodgers falling to Miami, 6-3, on Friday at Marlins Park.
There were Dodgers standing around not ready to receive relays, Dodgers trying to steal third with no outs and down by four, Dodgers managing only three hits through seven innings and, probably, Dodgers taking naps in the bullpen.
Josh Beckett, who apparently will never win a game again in this lifetime no matter how well he pitches, took the loss. He kept the Dodgers close until the Marlins broke through with four runs in the seventh against him and newly called up reliever Jose Dominguez.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers went quietly against Miami’s Tom Koehler, a 28-year-old right-hander who held them scoreless in his seven innings. He gave up three hits, two walks and struck out four.
The Dodgers showed some late life, scoring a pair of runs in the eighth inning off former teammate Carlos Marmol and one in the ninth against Miami closer Steve Cishek. File it under too little, too late.
Beckett, who went 0-5 last season before having rib surgery, took his first decision of the season. He last won a game on Sept. 30, 2012.
He actually pitched pretty well. In his 6 2/3 innings against his former team, he gave up eight hits, a walk and struck out eight.
Dee Gordon had three of the Dodgers’ seven hits.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times