The Dodgers got great starting pitching, a few timely hits and a slightly exciting bottom of the 9th in their 4 to 1 victory over the Miami Marlins. The win coupled with Arizona's loss at Cincinnati scooted their division lead to 8.5 games. The win also meant that the Dodgers are undefeated in their last 18 series and they will try to win the series tomorrow.
Zack Greinke retired the first two batters and then Giancarlo Stanton hit his 16th home run to give the Marlins an early 1-0 lead. Greinke would give up two hits to start the bottom of the second but got out of that, striking out the last two batters. Greinke would not be in serious danger for the rest of his evening.
Nathan Eovaldi, he of 100 MPH fast ball fame, was doing fine until his defense (including himself) helped the Dodgers take the lead in the top of 4th. Yasiel Puig got on base on an error, Adrian Gonzalez followed with a walk. Hanley Ramirez doubled in Puig; that was then followed by a single to Andre Ethier to drive in Gonzalez. Eovaldi then made a bad a throw to first, allowing Ramirez to score and the Dodgers took a 3-1 lead, from which they never looked back.
Hanley Ramirez helped to manufacture an insurance run in the 8th, Ramirez singled and stole second, Ethier walked. A.J. Ellis sacrificed the runners to second and third. Jerry Hairston, Jr. hit a sacrifice fly to score Ramirez.
Greinke finished his 8 innings by just allowing that one run on six hits, no walks and he struck out seven.
Kenley Jansen had a slightly more exciting 9th than he would have wanted, after getting two outs, he walked a batter, which was news all by itself, he then saw Adeiny Hechavarria hit a deep fly ball to center, Andre Ethier tracked that down for the final out.
The Dodgers and Marlins will play the fourth and final game of the series, a matinee affair in Miami. Clayton Kershaw will face Henderson Alvarez as the Dodgers will try to win the series before flying home to play Boston on Friday night.
WP - Zack Greinke (12-3): 8 IP, 6 hits, 1 run, 7 strikeouts, 0 walks
LP - Nathan Eovaldi (2-4): 7 IP, 6 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), 5 strikeouts, 2 walks
SV - Kenley Jansen (21): 1 strikeout, 1 walk