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MIAMI -- James Loney is hoping he finally is getting out of an early slump.
"You like to see him break out of it a little bit," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Hopefully it's something that gets him going."
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Loney's hits, all singles, were something the Dodgers have been waiting for this season as he recorded just his third multi-hit game of the season.
"I was trying to be so perfect," Loney said. "Yeah, you want to be the best, never mess up kind of thing. You just have to be yourself at the end of the day. That's what I've been going back to this year."
Unfortunately for the Dodgers, Loney was not the only hitter in Tuesday's game that was looking to get back on track as Hanley Ramirez, mired in a 3-for-28 slump, had two hits and scored two runs for the Marlins as he recently adjusted his batting stance.
"It's better," said Ramirez, who raised his average to .211. "Still, I'm not feeling 100 percent at the plate. I have to keep working to get 100 percent, get my timing right, and start to the drive the ball- doubles, triples, and homers."
With the win, the Marlins improved to 7-1 on a nine-game homestand and 15-7 overall, tying the franchise record for best 22-game start.
"We have been doing it together all year, not me, them," Ramirez quipped. "I think this is the first night, but it's good, I'm having fun."
"It's great," Stanton said. "You never know who is going to take care of business that night. We don't have to rely one person's shoulders. If someone is off that night, then someone else is going to do it, and that's what you need to be a great team."
There were a couple of bright spots for the Dodgers, who have lost three of four, as Andre Ethier set a major league record for the longest April hitting streak with an RBI double that gave him a hit in 23 straight games and James Loney went 4-for-4.
"You look at us right now- we have three guys who started the season as utility players," Mattingly said. "We have to try to scratch and get our runs here and there. ... I think we're going to be okay offensively."
Volstad (2-1) allowed a baserunner in all but two innings, but kept himself out of serious trouble. Volstad allowed two runs, seven hits, and one walk. He struck out five.
"Putting the hitters on the defensive right away was the key part," Volstad said. "Mostly just sinkers and sliders."
The seven innings pitched was a season-high for Volstad, who came into the game with a gaudy 6.60 ERA.
"Outstanding outing by Chris Volstad," Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "Let's see if he can keep it up."
Leo Nunez got his seventh straight save.
Clayton Kershaw allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings and struck out five.
With the score tied at 2 in the sixth, Chris Coghlan and Ramirez singled. Sanchez walked to load the bases before Stanton hit a two-run single to right-center field off of Kershaw (2-3).
"Put the ball in play and anything can happen," Stanton said, "and obviously it showed."
Sanchez's third homer of the season tied the game in the second.
After a sacrifice fly by Rod Barajas to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead, Ramirez used his speed to his advantage. He took off from first on a steal attempt. Sanchez swung at the pitch grounding to third, but Ramirez did not slow down around second as he kept running toward third while the throw went to first. A return throw to third baseman Aaron Miles was mishandled allowing Ramirez to score.
"I was trying to make something happen," Ramirez said.
His aggressiveness was something that pleased Rodriguez.
"That's the way he plays," Rodriguez said. "That's the way I want him to play and that's the way I want the whole team to play."
|The Dodgers' Andre Ethier connects for an RBI double during the first inning against the Marlins. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Aaron Miles, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.236|
|Jamey Carroll, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.313|
|Andre Ethier, RF||3||0||1||1||1||2||0||.379|
|Matt Kemp, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.379|
|Jerry Sands, LF||4||1||1||0||0||2||1||.235|
|James Loney, 1B||4||0||4||0||0||0||0||.204|
|Rod Barajas, C||3||0||0||1||0||1||3||.181|
|Ivan De Jesus Jr., 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.150|
|Clayton Kershaw, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.308|
|Mike MacDougal, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Tony Gwynn Jr., PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.283|
|Kenley Jansen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Juan Uribe, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.233|
|a-lined out for MacDougal in the 7th|
|b-hit into fielder's choice for Jansen in the 9th|
|2B - Andre Ethier (9, Volstad), Jerry Sands (5, Volstad)|
|SF - Rod Barajas (2)|
|RBI - Andre Ethier (14), Rod Barajas (8)|
|SB - James Loney (1, 2nd base off Volstad/Buck)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - De Jesus-Loney|
|E - Aaron Miles (1, Missed catch of throw)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Clayton Kershaw (L,2-3)||5.1||6||4||4||2||5||1||3.52|
|Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 88-56, Mike MacDougal 3-2, Kenley Jansen 38-24|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 6-5, Mike MacDougal 1-0, Kenley Jansen 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 24, Mike MacDougal 1, Kenley Jansen 7|
|Chris Coghlan, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.299|
|Omar Infante, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.236|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||4||2||2||0||0||1||0||.211|
|Gaby Sanchez, 1B||2||1||1||1||2||0||0||.309|
|Mike Stanton, RF||4||0||2||2||0||1||1||.263|
|John Buck, C||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.211|
|Wes Helms, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|a- Greg Dobbs, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.314|
|Emilio Bonifacio, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.302|
|Chris Volstad, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.143|
|b- Scott Cousins, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.190|
|Randy Choate, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Clay Hensley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Leo Nunez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded into a double play for Helms in the 6th|
|b-grounded out for Volstad in the 7th|
|2B - Mike Stanton (7, Kershaw)|
|HR - Gaby Sanchez (3, Kershaw)|
|RBI - Gaby Sanchez (10), Mike Stanton 2 (9)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|PB - John Buck (3)|
|Chris Volstad (W,2-1)||7||7||2||2||1||5||0||5.32|
|Randy Choate (H,3)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.45|
|Clay Hensley (H,6)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.79|
|Leo Nunez (S,7)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||1.64|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 108-74, Randy Choate 5-3, Clay Hensley 9-4, Leo Nunez 11-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 6-10, Clay Hensley 1-1, Leo Nunez 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 29, Randy Choate 1, Clay Hensley 2, Leo Nunez 4|
|Attendance - 12150|
|Game Time - 2:42|
|Temperature - 82|
|Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Paul Nauert|