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Beckett earns first win since 2012; Dodgers handle Marlins

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LOS ANGELES -- Josh Beckett wound up on the right side for the first time in a long time.

Beckett earned his first victory in more than a year and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended Jacob Turner's winless streak, beating the Miami Marlins 7-1 on Tuesday night.

Beckett (1-1) gave up an unearned run and four hits over 6 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking three. The three-time All-Star and former World Series MVP with the Marlins was 0-6 in 14 starts since Sept. 30, 2012.

"They talk about the date that I got my last win, and people think I had 30 starts last year," Beckett added. "But the number of starts is the real indicator. And last year I didn't pitch good enough to win in the starts I did make."

Beckett had a rib removed last July in a surgery to alleviate a nerve condition that was affecting his right arm, limiting his season. He was 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA in eight outings.

"You can't help but think about it after a while," Beckett said. "But I knew if I kept making pitches, this team was bound to score some runs. This lineup we're running out there every day is pretty good."

Miami lost its fifth in a row after learning ace Jose Fernandez had a significant elbow tear and that the team doctor had recommended Tommy John surgery.

"Getting the confirmation that we all obviously didn't want is a big blow for us, for the team and for the organization," manager Mike Redmond said. "I know he's going through some tough decisions, but we know he'll get himself fixed up."

Beckett, who spent his first five big-league seasons with the Marlins, empathized with the 21-year-old Fernandez.

"The one good thing about that surgery: For the most part, people come back from it and they know how to rehab that," Beckett said.

"If it was a shoulder or something like that, I think it would be a little bit bigger issue. He'll be back full strength next year. Obviously, they're going to miss his leadership and what he brings to the ballpark on the days he pitches and the days he doesn't. He brings the 'Puig factor' to that ballclub."

Dodgers star Yasiel Puig extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games with two hits, including an RBI double. It was Puig bobblehead night at Dodger Stadium and the outfielder caught a ceremonial first pitch from his mother, Maritza.

Turner (0-1) is winless in 16 starts since last July. He gave up four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Turner is 0-10 in 17 career starts on the road with a 3.97 ERA.

The game was scoreless until the Dodgers got five runs in the sixth. Dee Gordon hustled for a double with one out, Puig walked and Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run double.

Adrian Gonzalez followed with an RBI double, Matt Kemp singled home a run and Justin Turner hit a sacrifice fly.

Beckett may have lost his edge after the Dodgers batted around. He gave up a leadoff double in the seventh to Garrett Jones, who advanced on a passed ball by Drew Butera and scored on Marcell Ozuna's sacrifice fly. Beckett then walked No. 8 hitter Derek Dietrich and was lifted after 101 pitches.

"Our only issue with Josh was sending him back out there after sitting that long on the bench. He did look a little rough when he went back out," manager Don Mattingly said.

"It was good to see him get a win. It just didn't seem right not to have one, as well as he's pitched this year. So it was nice to put a few runs on the board and give him some breathing room," he said.

Notes

After the game, the Marlins designated RHP Henry Rodriguez for assignment and optioned LHP Dan Jennings to Triple-A New Orleans. Another pitcher will be called up from the minors on Wednesday. ... Beckett has allowed no more than two earned runs in five of his seven starts. ... Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton extended his hitting streak to 15 games with an infield single in the fourth. ... The Dodgers got their major league-best 48th stolen base when Chone Figgins swiped second, one pitch after he was plunked by A.J. Ramos while batting for reliever Chris Perez.

 
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Josh Beckett, a former Marlin, stymies Miami and ends a streak of 14 starts without earning a victory.  (USATSI)
Josh Beckett, a former Marlin, stymies Miami and ends a streak of 14 starts without earning a victory. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

Y. Puig
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Miami

G. Stanton
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Christian Yelich, LF4000013 .272
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS4000002 .265
Giancarlo Stanton, RF4020010 .312
Casey McGehee, 3B4000012 .289
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4000031 .250
Garrett Jones, 1B3110100 .241
Marcell Ozuna, CF3011022 .262
Derek Dietrich, 2B3010101 .241
Jacob Turner, P0000100 .200
   Dan Jennings, P0000000 .000
   a-Reed Johnson, PH1000001 .333
   A.J. Ramos, P0000000 .000
   Steve Cishek, P0000000 .000
Totals3015138  
a-lined out for Jennings in the 7th
Batting
2B - Garrett Jones (8, Beckett)
SF - Marcell Ozuna (3)
SH - Jacob Turner (1)
RBI - Marcell Ozuna (22)
SB - Giancarlo Stanton (4, 2nd base off Beckett/Butera)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Turner-G. Jones, Turner-G. Jones-McGehee-Dietrich-G. Jones
E - Derek Dietrich (7, Throwing), Giancarlo Stanton (3, Misplayed grounder)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jacob Turner (L,0-1) 5.1854120 6.75
Dan Jennings 0.2100010 1.59
A.J. Ramos 1111010 1.59
Steve Cishek 1211020 2.25
HBP - Figgins (by A.J. Ramos)
Pitches-Strikes - Jacob Turner 73-48, Dan Jennings 9-6, A.J. Ramos 16-11, Steve Cishek 29-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jacob Turner 7-5, A.J. Ramos 1-1, Steve Cishek 1-0
Batters Faced - Jacob Turner 23, Dan Jennings 3, A.J. Ramos 5, Steve Cishek 5
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dee Gordon, 2B4110012 .322
Yasiel Puig, RF3121100 .326
Hanley Ramirez, SS4112012 .256
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4111001 .261
Matt Kemp, CF4121020 .276
Carl Crawford, LF4120001 .264
Justin Turner, 3B3011001 .206
Drew Butera, C4011012 .235
Josh Beckett, P2010000 .083
   Chris Perez, P0000000 .000
   a-Chone Figgins, PH0100000 .176
   Brandon League, P0000000 .000
   b-Andre Ethier, PH1000011 .259
   Jamey Wright, P0000000 .000
Totals33712716  
a-hit by pitch for Perez in the 7th
b-struck out for League in the 8th
Batting
2B - Dee Gordon (8, Turner), Yasiel Puig (7, Ramos), Hanley Ramirez (15, Turner), Adrian Gonzalez (10, Turner), Carl Crawford (5, Cishek)
SF - Justin Turner (2)
RBI - Yasiel Puig (30), Hanley Ramirez 2 (19), Adrian Gonzalez (28), Matt Kemp (12), Justin Turner (5), Drew Butera (7)
2-OUT RBI - Drew Butera (5)
SB - Chone Figgins (2, 2nd base off Ramos/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
PB - Drew Butera (5)
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Josh Beckett (W,1-1) 6.1410360 2.38
Chris Perez 0.2000000 3.24
Brandon League 1000010 1.66
Jamey Wright 1100010 2.95
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 101-62, Chris Perez 10-7, Brandon League 10-7, Jamey Wright 30-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 9-4, Chris Perez 1-1, Brandon League 2-0, Jamey Wright 1-1
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 26, Chris Perez 2, Brandon League 3, Jamey Wright 4
Game Information
Attendance - 50349
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Gerry Davis