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Marlins score three in ninth to complete comeback vs. Dodgers

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MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins' ninth-inning comeback had the crowd in such a frenzy that Chris Coghlan couldn't hear third-base coach Joe Espada screaming at him to stay put.

So Coghlan tagged up and scored the winning run on Jorge Cantu's sacrifice fly, and with three runs in the ninth the Marlins rallied past the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 Saturday night.

"Joe was telling me stay, but I couldn't hear him," Coghlan said. "He was too far up the line, and everybody was yelling."

Baseball in Miami usually involves a more sedate atmosphere, but the seesaw game against the Dodgers had the crowd of 25,308 screaming. There were four lead changes, the last in the bottom of the ninth.

Pinch-hitter Ronny Paulino doubled home the tying runs. With the bases loaded and none out, Cantu lifted a fly to Matt Kemp in medium center field.

"When I saw him go back, I was like, 'I've got to score, because he's going to catch it flat-footed,"' Coghlan said. "He's got a great arm, but he couldn't get back far enough to come through it."

Kemp's throw home was wide of the plate, eluding catcher Russell Martin as Coghlan slid across headfirst.

"The throw was off a little bit," Kemp said. "It's do or die. You try to make a good throw."

When he didn't, the Marlins poured out of the dugout to celebrate.

"Everybody is grabbing each other. It's mayhem," Coghlan said. "I just know I got a lot of punches on top of the head."

George Sherrill (0-1) retired only one of the five batters he faced. Dodgers manager Joe Torre decided against using closer Jonathan Broxton because he had pitched the previous two days.

"We battled back and took the lead, and I lost it," Sherrill said.

Andre Ethier, held out of the starting lineup because of a sore ankle, put the Dodgers ahead with a two-run, pinch-hit single in the eighth inning.

Jose Veras (1-0) was the winner despite giving up a homer to Kemp in the only inning he worked. Gaby Sanchez hit a three-run homer for Florida and started the ninth-inning rally with a single.

"You need 27 outs," Torre said. "We couldn't get them."

Marlins ace Josh Johnson labored through five innings and is winless with a 6.30 ERA in two starts since signing a $39 million, four-year contract.

"It's consistency. It's there, and then it's not," Johnson said. "It's not what you want, but you've got to deal with it."

Vicente Padilla, the Dodgers' opening day starter, also struggled for the second game in a row. He allowed eight hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings, dropping his ERA to 11.42.

Before Ethier's hit, the Dodgers were 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position. One squandered chance came in the sixth, when the Marlins botched back-to-back double-play chances, each on a comebacker to reliever Burke Badenhop.

The next batter, Garret Anderson, hit yet another comebacker, and this time Badenhop started a 1-6-3 double play to end the threat.

After Rafael Furcal led off the game with a double, Johnson retired the next three batters.

The Dodgers loaded the bases with one out in the second, but Padilla apparently missed the signal for a squeeze bunt, and Casey Blake was caught halfway between third and home. Padilla then struck out to end the inning.

Florida trailed 6-4 to start the ninth. After Sanchez singled, Sherrill came on and hit pinch-hitter Wes Helms with a 2-2 pitch. Coghlan walked on a full count to load the bases, and Paulino doubled. Hanley Ramirez was intentionally walked to bring Cantu to the plate, and he hit the ball just deep enough.

"As soon as I saw Kemp going back, I knew we had a shot," Cantu said.

The Dodgers rallied from a 4-3 deficit in the eighth. Blake started the inning with an infield single for his third hit. Blake DeWitt walked, and after both runners advanced on a sacrifice, Ethier stepped to the plate for the first time since Wednesday and singled.

The game was stopped for eight minutes with one out in the fourth while workmen repaired a panel in the right-field wall that had dislodged. Padilla waited out the delay on the mound, and when play resumed he gave up a single and then Sanchez's homer.

Florida also scored in the first when Cameron Maybin singled and came home on Ramirez's double.


  • Torre said Ethier won't start Sunday. Martin and LF Manny Ramirez will also be given the day off.
  • With an infield single in the fifth, Manny Ramirez became the 91st player to reach 2,500 hits.
  • Coghlan, last year's NL Rookie of the Year, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts to drop his average to .174.
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Florida's Chris Coghlan beats the throw home in the bottom of the ninth to cap the rally.  (AP)
Florida's Chris Coghlan beats the throw home in the bottom of the ninth to cap the rally. (AP)

Players of the Game

G. Sanchez
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5120011 .381
Garret Anderson, RF5110014 .273
Matt Kemp, CF5222021 .304
Manny Ramirez, LF4011011 .316
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
James Loney, 1B5000022 .167
Casey Blake, 3B4131110 .375
Blake DeWitt, 2B2100203 .273
    Ramon Troncoso, P0000000 .000
    Reed Johnson, LF0000000 .333
Russell Martin, C2020100 .364
Vicente Padilla, P2000023 .000
    Jeff Weaver, P0000000 .000
   a- Ronnie Belliard, PH1000001 .375
    Ramon Ortiz, P0000000 .000
   b- Andre Ethier, PH1012000 .333
    Jamey Carroll, PR-2B0000000 .286
a-hit into fielder's choice for Weaver in the 6th
b-singled for Ortiz in the 8th
2B - Rafael Furcal (4, Johnson), Garret Anderson (1, Johnson), Casey Blake (2, Johnson)
HR - Matt Kemp (1, Veras)
SF - Manny Ramirez (1)
SH - Russell Martin (1)
RBI - Matt Kemp 2 (7), Manny Ramirez (4), Casey Blake (2), Andre Ethier 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Casey Blake (1)
SB - Jamey Carroll (1, 3rd base off Meyer/Baker)
CS - Casey Blake (1, Home by Johnson/Baker)
Team LOB - 9
Los Angeles Dodgers
Vicente Padilla 4.1844161 11.42
Jeff Weaver 0.2000100 0.00
Ramon Ortiz 2000030 3.00
Ramon Troncoso (H,1) 1111000 3.00
George Sherrill (BS,1; L,0-1) 0.1122200 22.50
IBB - Baker by Jeff Weaver, H. Ramirez by George Sherrill
HBP - Helms (by George Sherrill)
Pitches-Strikes - Vicente Padilla 96-65, Jeff Weaver 8-3, Ramon Ortiz 23-16, Ramon Troncoso 13-9, George Sherrill 19-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vicente Padilla 5-2, Jeff Weaver 2-0, Ramon Ortiz 3-0, Ramon Troncoso 2-1
Batters Faced - Vicente Padilla 22, Jeff Weaver 3, Ramon Ortiz 6, Ramon Troncoso 4, George Sherrill 5
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF4100120 .174
Cameron Maybin, CF4120010 .286
   a- Ronny Paulino, PH1012000 .400
Hanley Ramirez, SS3021210 .368
Jorge Cantu, 3B4011023 .286
Dan Uggla, 2B4010001 .250
John Baker, C3100101 .333
Cody Ross, RF4110003 .250
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4223020 .353
Josh Johnson, P2000010 .000
    Burke Badenhop, P1000000 .000
    Tim Wood, P0000000 .000
    Dan Meyer, P0000000 .000
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
   b- Mike Lamb, PH0000000 .000
   c- Wes Helms, PH0000000 .500
    Emilio Bonifacio, PR0100000 .000
a-doubled for Maybin in the 9th
b-announced for Veras in the 9th
c-hit by pitch for Lamb in the 9th
2B - Ronny Paulino (2, Sherrill), Hanley Ramirez (1, Padilla)
HR - Gaby Sanchez (1, Padilla)
SF - Jorge Cantu (1)
RBI - Ronny Paulino 2 (3), Hanley Ramirez (3), Jorge Cantu (5), Gaby Sanchez 3 (4)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Badenhop-H. Ramirez-G. Sanchez
E - Burke Badenhop (1, Throwing), John Baker (1, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Josh Johnson 5833370 6.30
Burke Badenhop (H,2) 2100000 0.00
Tim Wood (H,1) 0.1122100 11.57
Dan Meyer (BS,1) 0.2100010 0.00
Jose Veras (W,1-0) 1111021 14.73
WP - Josh Johnson (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 93-60, Burke Badenhop 26-19, Tim Wood 15-9, Dan Meyer 12-6, Jose Veras 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 4-3, Burke Badenhop 5-1, Tim Wood 1-0
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 25, Burke Badenhop 7, Tim Wood 3, Dan Meyer 3, Jose Veras 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25308
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Dan Bellino