Adrian Gonzalez did his part, and the revitalized Dodgers offense followed suit with a season-high 16 hits in an 8-2 win over the Marlins on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. Four of the hits came from Andre Ethier, who tied a 93-year old franchise record.
Ethier was 4-for-4 for the second straight night on Saturday and has 10 consecutive hits dating back to Wednesday. The 10 straight hits matched Ed Konetchy for the franchise record. Konetchy had his 10-for-10 stretch from June 28 to July 1, 1919.
Ethier singled in the first inning, doubled in the third, homered in the fifth, and singled in the seventh. He was left in the on-deck circle in the bottom of the eighth. Ethier's 10-for-10 stretch has come directly after an 0-for-18 skid for the right fielder.
Ron Cey previously held the Los Angeles Dodgers record of nine consecutive hits from July 2-4, 1977. The major league record for consecutive hits is 12, held jointly by Walt Dropo (1952 Red Sox) and Johnny Kling (1902 Cubs).
The Dodgers were down 1-0 after the top of the first, the fifth consecutive game they have allowed at least a run in the opening frame. But that was quickly answered when the first four Dodgers in the bottom of the inning got hits, punctuated by a towering home run to right by Gonzalez, in his first at-bat as a Dodger.
Gonzalez is the sixth Los Angeles Dodger to homer in his first at-bat with the team, and the first since Juan Rivera last season.
One night after Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi needed 76 pitches to give up six runs in three innings, Josh Johnson matched his teammate. But Johnson needed a whopping 89 pitches to complete his three innings, and was hung with his 11th loss of the season.
Lost in the shuffle was Clayton Kershaw, who allowed just two runs and three hits in his eight innings, with two walks and eight strikeouts. It was the ninth time this season Kershaw has pitched at least eight innings.
Before the game, manager Don Mattingly said that pitchers Matt Guerrier and Ted Lilly will both pitch minor league rehab games Monday and Wednesday with Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Both are in line to be activated on September 1.
Dee Gordon began a rehab assignment Saturday night with Triple A Albuquerque and is also in line for a September 1 recall.
Home Runs: Adrian Gonzalez (16), Mark Ellis (5); Giancarlo Stanton (28)
WP - Clayton Kershaw (12-7): 8 IP, 3 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts
LP - Josh Johnson (7-11): 3 IP, 10 hits, 6 runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts