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Dodgers make Marlins latest victim in second straight series sweep

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MIAMI -- If the Los Angeles Dodgers keep sweeping series, they might find themselves atop the tough NL West in another week or two.

Matt Kemp drove in the tiebreaking run with a ninth-inning single Thursday, and the Dodgers completed their second consecutive series sweep by beating the Florida Marlins 5-3.

The Dodgers have won six games in a row, their longest winning streak since taking seven straight to close the 2006 season. They're still five games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks, whose 20-8 record is the best in baseball.

"You don't get very many opportunities to sweep series," manager Joe Torre said. "When you're playing well and with a lot of confidence, you try to make it last as long as you can."

The Dodgers, who open a weekend series Friday in snowy Colorado, are averaging nearly eight runs per game during their winning streak.

"It doesn't have to stop," outfielder Juan Pierre said. "It's early, but like everyone says, you want to get it while you can get it. That takes pressure off in August and September."

The Marlins have lost three in a row for the first time this year. They fell out of the lead in the NL East, percentage points behind the New York Mets.

"We have to see how we bounce back," first baseman Wes Helms said. "We have to shake this off."

With the score 3-all, Rafael Furcal walked to lead off the ninth against Kevin Gregg (3-2), then advanced on Pierre's sacrifice. Kemp followed by punching a 93-mph fastball from Gregg to the opposite field for a run-scoring single.

"He tried to sink the ball in," Kemp said. "I tried to stay short and inside-out the ball. I've been working on trying to push it that way, and it worked."

Torre liked the way the Dodgers scratched out the tiebreaking run.

"Fundamentally sound baseball -- it sounds simple and boring, but you put yourself in position to win a game," he said.

Kemp then stole second, and after a walk, he scored when the Marlins made two throwing errors on a grounder to the pitcher. Gregg threw high to second trying for a forceout, and second baseman Robert Andino made a wild relay throw to first.

Joe Beimel (3-0) threw one pitch, retiring Jeremy Hermida on a popup to end the eighth. Takashi Saito pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in six chances for the Dodgers, who have won eight of their past 10 games in Miami.

Pierre went 2-for-3 with a two-run double. He also was hit by a pitch, stole a base and scored a run.

Cody Ross hit his first home run for the Marlins.

The Dodgers' Hiroki Kuroda and Florida rookie Burke Badenhop left with the score 3-all. Kuroda remained winless since April 4, but he allowed only five hits and no walks in seven innings.

"In the beginning I wasn't performing that well, but I kept being aggressive," Kuroda said through a translator. "In the end I came through. I wanted to keep the winning streak going. I didn't want to be the one to stop it."

The crowd of 15,556 included many kids groups, creating a festive atmosphere on a balmy, 80-degree afternoon.

"I knew with all the little kids in the crowd, I wasn't going to get booed too bad," said Badenhop, who pitched six innings for the first time but remained winless in four starts.

Matt Treanor became Florida's first baserunner when his wind-blown fly in the third dropped for a single. He scored on a two-out double by Hanley Ramirez.

The Dodgers tied it in the fourth. Pierre was hit by a pitch, stole second and came home on Andre Ethier's two-out single.

Pierre -- still adjusting to his new role as a part-time player -- hit a two-run double in the fifth put the Dodgers ahead 3-1.

"Every time he plays, he's always doing something to help the team win," Kemp said.

Notes

  • Dodgers RHP Jonathan Broxton (side) will throw a bullpen session Friday, and if it goes well, he may be available for that night's game at Colorado, Torre said.
  • Dodgers RHP Jason Schmidt may start a rehab assignment after throwing a bullpen session Friday.
  • Marlins RHP Matt Lindstrom, who left Wednesday's game with a stiff back, underwent an MRI that was negative. "Hopefully I'll be better by Friday," he said.
  • With a 12:10 p.m. start following a night game, Torre held James Loney, Jeff Kent and Andruw Jones out of the starting lineup. Josh Willingham and Mike Jacobs, both nursing injuries, sat out for Florida.
 
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This ninth-inning single by Matt Kemp lifts the Dodgers to their season-high sixth straight win. (AP)
This ninth-inning single by Matt Kemp lifts the Dodgers to their season-high sixth straight win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Pierre
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Florida

C. Ross
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS3200201 .371
Juan Pierre, LF3122010 .273
Matt Kemp, CF-RF5111023 .312
Mark Sweeney, 1B3000221 .100
Russell Martin, C4010122 .290
Andre Ethier, RF5011002 .309
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
Blake Dewitt, 3B3000103 .268
Chin-lung Hu, 2B3110001 .250
   a- Jeff Kent, PH-2B0000100 .291
Hiroki Kuroda, P2010000 .154
   b- James Loney, PH1000003 .280
    Scott Proctor, P0000000 .000
    Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
    Andruw Jones, CF0000000 .159
Totals3257477  
a-walked for Hu in the 8th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Kuroda in the 8th
Batting
2B - Juan Pierre (3, Badenhop)
SH - Juan Pierre (2), Hiroki Kuroda (1)
RBI - Juan Pierre 2 (10), Matt Kemp (17), Andre Ethier (14)
2-OUT RBI - Andre Ethier (3)
SB - Juan Pierre (7, 2nd base off Badenhop/Treanor), Matt Kemp (5, 2nd base off Gregg/Treanor)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Blake Dewitt (2, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Hiroki Kuroda 7533041 3.82
Scott Proctor 0.2000010 4.91
Joe Beimel (W,3-0) 0.1000000 0.90
Takashi Saito (S,4) 1000020 2.19
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 85-58, Scott Proctor 12-7, Joe Beimel 1-1, Takashi Saito 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 12-6, Scott Proctor 1-0
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 27, Scott Proctor 2, Joe Beimel 1, Takashi Saito 3
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4011010 .322
Dan Uggla, 2B4000021 .245
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Jeremy Hermida, RF4000000 .272
Jorge Cantu, 3B4000010 .284
Luis Gonzalez, LF4000000 .208
Wes Helms, 1B4110010 .229
Cody Ross, CF3112000 .157
Matt Treanor, C3120010 .244
Burke Badenhop, P2000011 .000
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
   a- Alfredo Amezaga, PH1000002 .231
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Robert Andino, 2B0000000 .222
Totals3335307  
a-grounded out for Tankersley in the 7th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (5, Kuroda)
HR - Cody Ross (1, Kuroda)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (19), Cody Ross 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez (13)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Robert Andino (1, Throwing), Kevin Gregg (1, Throwing), Wes Helms (1, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Burke Badenhop 6533260 7.20
Taylor Tankersley 1100000 7.00
Renyel Pinto 1000310 0.92
Kevin Gregg (L,3-2) 1121200 2.93
HBP - Pierre (by Burke Badenhop)
Pitches-Strikes - Burke Badenhop 99-65, Taylor Tankersley 12-9, Renyel Pinto 30-12, Kevin Gregg 27-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Burke Badenhop 8-4, Taylor Tankersley 2-1, Renyel Pinto 2-0, Kevin Gregg 2-1
Batters Faced - Burke Badenhop 26, Taylor Tankersley 4, Renyel Pinto 6, Kevin Gregg 6
Game Information
Attendance - 15556
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Dana DeMuth