Marlins 5, Dodgers 4: Eight is enough

Harry How

The Dodgers have lost their last five one-run games.

The Marlins rallied for two runs in the seventh inning against volatile relief pitcher Ronald Belisario, with the go-ahead blow struck by old friend Juan Pierre in the Dodgers' 5-4 loss to the Marlins at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers have now lost eight games in a row, their longest losing streak since losing eight straight from Aug. 22-29, 2008.

Belisario entered a tie game to start the seventh inning but promptly allowed a single to Rob Brantly and a double to Chris Coghlan. The double by Coghlan bounced off the top of the wall and was actually reviewed by umpires, but he was not awarded a home run. Pierre followed with a sharp single to left field well past the drawn-in infield for a 4-3 lead. Miami padded the lead when Adeinny Hechevarria grounded into a double play, allowing Coglan to score.

The Dodgers got their run scoring quota out of the way early on Friday, as Carl Crawford singled and Nick Punto walked to open the first inning. Adrian Gonzalez, neck injury and all, lined a ball over the fence in center field for a quick 3-0 lead just three batters into the game. Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to eight games, during which time he is hitting .346 (9-for-26).

Matt Magill was walking a tightrope for a while but finally lost his balance in the fourth inning. After a pair of walks in the inning, Magill faced second baseman Derek Dietrich, who made his major league debut for the Marlins on Thursday.

The man in his second major league game got the better of the man in his third major league game, as Dietrich hit a two-out, three-run home run to tie the game at 3-3.

That was all Magill would allow in his five innings of work.

The Dodgers didn't score again until the eighth inning, when Matt Kemp singled, stole second, and scored on a single by A.J. Ellis to cut the lead to 5-4. Kemp has a nine-game hitting streak, during which he is hitting .316 (12-for-38) with two doubles.

Scott Van Slyke made his 2013 Dodgers debut as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning, but he struck out looking in a six-pitch at-bat against Steve Cishek to open the frame. Cishek retired the Dodgers in the ninth inning for his fifth save of the season.

Elbert Rehab

Scott Elbert threw a scoreless inning for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga in the first game of his rehab assignment, his first time on a competitive mound since Aug. 26, 2012. Elbert, who had a pair of offseason surgeries on his left elbow, struck out two and allowed a ground out in the seventh inning on Friday against Lake Elsinore. Per Mike Lindskog on the Quakes broadcast, Elbert will pitch again for Rancho Cucamonga on Monday.

Friday's particulars

Home runs: Adrian Gonzalez (4); Derek Dietrich (1)

WP - Jose Fernandez (2-2): 6 IP, 8 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts

LP - Ronald Belisario (2-4): 1 IP, 3 hits, 2 runs

Sv - Steve Cishek (5): 1 IP, 2 strikeouts

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