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Ethier ups hit streak to 24, wins it for L.A. in 10th

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MIAMI -- The hotel wake-up call for Andre Ethier came at 4:30 a.m. California time. Then he and his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates had to work overtime Wednesday.

The early start and long day were worth it, however. Ethier extended his record April hitting streak to 24 games in the fourth inning, then homered in the 10th to help the Dodgers salvage the final game of their three-game series against Florida, 5-4.

"I'm just trying to do what the situation calls for," Ethier said.

The Dodgers went 3-3 on their trip and found themselves dragging a bit when the finale started at 12:10 p.m. Miami time. But they rallied after falling behind 4-0.

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"This road trip was kind of a tough one to stay focused and keep the energy up, with four day games out of the six," Ethier said. "A 4:30 a.m. wake-up call California time was kind of tough this morning. I don't think I've been up at 4:30, other than last winter to catch a flight for vacation."

Ethier was feeling robust by the 10th inning, when he homered on a 1-1 splitter from Brian Sanches (3-1).

"He's a good hitter, and he's hot right now," Sanches said.

The homer ended Sanches' streak of 13 2/3 scoreless innings to start the season. He had given up only one hit previously.

"I didn't know that," Ethier said. "I'm glad I didn't."

Ethier's single in the fourth extended his major-league record for the longest April hitting streak. His batting average rose to .380.

Rod Barajas had a three-run homer for the Dodgers.

"We got big hits all over the place," manager Don Mattingly said. "We got big outs all over the place."

The Marlins came into the game with the NL East lead and the second-best record in the majors. But they missed a chance to complete a sweep of the Dodgers in the bottom of the ninth, when Matt Guerrier (2-1) escaped a jam to keep the score 4-all.

Greg Dobbs led off with a single, and Emilio Bonifacio beat out a bunt when he tried to sacrifice. Both runners moved up on a sacrifice, but Scott Cousins struck out and John Buck grounded out.

"It's a game we should have won," said Chris Coghlan, who had a three-run double in the second inning. Florida finished its homestand 7-2.

Chad Billingsley went six innings for Los Angeles and gave up five hits, all in the second, when the Marlins scored four times. They didn't get another hit until the ninth.

Vicente Padilla, who came off the disabled list Friday, pitched a perfect 10th for his first save since 2000. Closer Jonathan Broxton was held out after he said before the game his elbow didn't feel 100 percent, but he said the problem wasn't serious.

"It happens every year," Broxton said.

Anibal Sanchez, who took a no-hitter into the ninth inning in his last start, held the Dodgers hitless until the fourth but gave up Barajas' homer. After throwing 74 pitches in five innings on an 86-degree afternoon, Sanchez left with a 4-3 lead.

"It was too hot out there," manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "He was making a lot of effort on his pitches. And the bullpen was fresh."

All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez went 0 for 5, dropping his average to .197.

Ethier singled in the fourth for the Dodgers' first hit. James Loney also singled, and Barajas hit a two-out homer. Five of Barajas' 14 hits this season have been home runs.

Pinch-hitter Juan Uribe hit an RBI double for Los Angeles in the seventh to make it 4-all.

"Our team has been on the brink of getting things really going," Ethier said. "We're starting to figure things out offensively."

Notes

  • Coghlan came out of the game in the eighth inning because of soreness in his right shoulder, which bothered him during spring training. He said he hopes to be able to play in the Marlins' next game Friday.
  • The Dodgers completed a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, and Thursday will be their first day off since April 7.
  • Dodgers C Hector Gimenez underwent right knee surgery and will be sidelined three to six weeks.
 
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Andre Ethier, who has the major-league record for the longest April hitting streak, bails out L.A. in the 10th with this homer. (AP)
Andre Ethier, who has the major-league record for the longest April hitting streak, bails out L.A. in the 10th with this homer. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

A. Ethier
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Florida

C. Coghlan
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Tony Gwynn Jr., LF5000012 .255
Jamey Carroll, SS4000111 .299
Andre Ethier, RF5221012 .380
Matt Kemp, CF3010221 .378
James Loney, 1B4110112 .206
Rod Barajas, C5113014 .182
Aaron Miles, 3B3110101 .241
Ivan De Jesus Jr., 2B3010001 .174
Chad Billingsley, P1000010 .111
   a- Juan Uribe, PH1011000 .243
    Ted Lilly, PR0000000 .000
    Blake Hawksworth, P0000000 .000
   b- Marcus Thames, PH1000010 .222
    Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
    Vicente Padilla, P0000000 .000
Totals3558559  
a-doubled for Billingsley in the 7th
b-struck out for Hawksworth in the 9th
Batting
2B - Juan Uribe (4, Webb)
HR - Andre Ethier (3, Sanches), Rod Barajas (5, Sanchez)
SH - Ivan De Jesus Jr. (1), Chad Billingsley (2)
RBI - Andre Ethier (15), Rod Barajas 3 (11), Juan Uribe (13)
2-OUT RBI - Rod Barajas 3 (5)
Team LOB - 7
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chad Billingsley 6544330 4.46
Blake Hawksworth 2000020 2.77
Matt Guerrier (W,2-1) 1200010 3.38
Vicente Padilla (S,1) 1000000 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Chad Billingsley 84-56, Blake Hawksworth 25-15, Matt Guerrier 19-13, Vicente Padilla 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Billingsley 9-6, Blake Hawksworth 2-2, Matt Guerrier 2-0, Vicente Padilla 3-0
Batters Faced - Chad Billingsley 26, Blake Hawksworth 6, Matt Guerrier 5, Vicente Padilla 3
Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Coghlan, CF4013000 .297
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
   a- John Buck, PH1000002 .208
    Brian Sanches, P00000001.000
Omar Infante, 2B5000001 .223
Hanley Ramirez, SS5000000 .197
Gaby Sanchez, 1B5000010 .291
Mike Stanton, RF3110110 .267
Greg Dobbs, 3B2120200 .351
    Ozzie Martinez, PR-3B0000000 .000
Emilio Bonifacio, LF4120002 .316
Brett Hayes, C3111013 .538
Anibal Sanchez, P2000014 .000
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
   b- Scott Cousins, PH-CF2000022 .174
Totals3647436  
a-grounded out for Nunez in the 9th
b-struck out for Choate in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chris Coghlan (8, Billingsley)
SH - Brett Hayes (1)
RBI - Chris Coghlan 3 (16), Brett Hayes (5)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Coghlan 3 (8)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Infante-H. Ramirez-G. Sanchez
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Anibal Sanchez 5433141 3.86
Mike Dunn (H,3) 1100030 0.00
Ryan Webb (BS,2) 0.2211100 2.77
Randy Choate 0.1000000 2.25
Clay Hensley 0.1000300 2.70
Edward Mujica 0.2000000 3.86
Leo Nunez 1000010 1.50
Brian Sanches (L,3-1) 1111011 0.61
WP - Mike Dunn (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 74-48, Mike Dunn 21-14, Ryan Webb 14-7, Randy Choate 3-2, Clay Hensley 22-9, Edward Mujica 1-1, Leo Nunez 15-9, Brian Sanches 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 6-5, Ryan Webb 1-1, Randy Choate 1-0, Edward Mujica 1-0, Leo Nunez 1-1
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 20, Mike Dunn 4, Ryan Webb 5, Randy Choate 1, Clay Hensley 4, Edward Mujica 1, Leo Nunez 3, Brian Sanches 4
Game Information
Attendance - 16523
Game Time - 3:19
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Doug Eddings