The Dodgers were able to withstand both Marlins superstars on Sunday morning but in the end it still wasn't enough. Jeff Baker hit a walk-off double off the right field wall and just out of the reach of Yasiel Puig, giving the Marlins a 5-4 win to take the weekend series at Marlins Park.
Puig narrowly missed catching Baker's drive, then had the ball carom off the wall to hit him in the face while almost simultaneously crashing into the wall with his left shoulder. Adeiny Hechavarria scored on the play, and Puig remained on the ground for several minutes. Puig eventually walked off the field and into the clubhouse, under his own power but with his arm around trainer Stan Conte the entire way.
Puig was said to hit head and ankle against rf wall. He walked off field but dodgers trainers are checking him.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) May 4, 2014
Mattingly didn't have update on Puig. Said he hit the fence hard and "pointed to multiple areas, ankle, head."— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) May 4, 2014
Mattingly said Puig was "pointing to multiple areas" when asked where it hurt. Including head. Sounds like possible concussion. #Dodgers— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 4, 2014
Puig was pointing to multiple areas of his body Mattingly said including his head. Puig is still in full uniform and still seemed shaken up— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) May 4, 2014
Puig day to day after collision with RF wall. Concussion test was negative— Kevin Baxter (@kbaxter11) May 4, 2014
With closer Steve Cishek unavailable after pitching for three straight days, the Marlins used A.J. Ramos in a save situation with a one-run lead to open the ninth. After a leadoff walk to pinch hitter Chone Figgins, his fifth walk in 14 plate appearances this season, Andre Ethier followed with a bloop to short right field that Giancarlo Stanton inexplicably dove for. The ball bounced well in front of Stanton and then past him, allowing Figgins to score the tying run and Etheir to advance to scoring position with nobody out.
But Ramos was able to pitch his way out of the jam thanks in large part to a run-saving stop behind second base by Hechavarria at shortstop, opening the door for Baker's heroics in the bottom of the inning.
The great Jose Fernandez allowed three runs in his seven innings of work, matching the most he has ever allowed in a game at home. The Dodgers twice fought back from deficits to tie the game against Fernandez.
Stanton hit a bomb to right field off Stephen Fife for a quick 2-0 lead, but the Dodgers scratched together a pair of runs with an RBI single from Hanley Ramirez and a passed ball in the third inning.
Christian Yelich hit a solo home run in the fifth to put the Marlins back on top, but a two-out walk by Adrian Gonzalez and singles by Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford tied the game again in the sixth.
But on Fife's second pitch of the sixth inning, Stanton give the Marlins the lead right back with a laser beam liner over the wall in left field, his 10th home run of the season to pass Gonzalez for the National League lead.
.@Marlins Giancarlo Stanton's 2nd HR today traveled 119.9 MPH, tied for the fastest HR velocity this season (David Ortiz)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 4, 2014
Fernandez struck out 10 batters and threw a career-high 114 pitches. He walked a career-high-tying four and saw his career home ERA balloon all the way from 1.00 to 1.09.
Fife gave the Dodgers about what they could reasonably hope for in a spot start. He is the first Dodgers starter this season to allow three home runs in one outing, but he kept the team in the game for the most part. After watching his bullpen throw 19 innings in the last four days, manager Don Mattingly even had Fife hit for himself down 4-3 to lead off the seventh, hoping to buy another inning against the bottom of the order in the bottom of the frame.
It didn't quite work as planned as Fife walked Hechavarria and hit Reed Johnson with 0-2 pitch to begin the inning and end his day, but J.P. Howell escaped the jam without any runs scoring, including a bases-loaded strikeout of Casey McGehee to end the frame.
The Dodgers travel to the nation's capital for the third and final leg of their road trip. Zack Greinke starts Monday night's series opener, opposed by Jordan Zimmermann for the Nationals.
Home runs: Giancarlo Stanton 2 (10), Christian Yelich (2)
WP - A.J. Ramos (2-0): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 run, 2 walks, 1 strikeout
LP - Jamey Wright (2-2): 1⅔ IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 strikeout