LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers overcame the eighth wonder of the world with a wondrous offensive performance of their own. Andre Ethier tied a career high with five hits, including a home run in an 11-1 win over the Marlins on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers reached a new season high with 21 hits, and the 11 runs marked a season high for them at Dodger Stadium. Tuesday was the third time the Dodgers have scored double figures in a game this season.
Ethier was 5-for-5 with a home run and three RBI on the night, continuing what has been a renaissance season so far for him. It was the third career five-hit game for Ethier, who is now hitting .329/.423/.598 on the season.
"He's just swinging the bat really well. He's totally healthy at this point, and it's probably been a while since that happened (Ethier estimated he is his healthiest since either 2012 or 2013). He came in with a mission in spring training, saying he wanted to play everyday. It put pressure on him to go out and do it, and he's really backed it up with his play," manager Don Mattingly. "This is the best he's looked in a few years."
Ethier's solo home run in the fourth inning gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead and was his fifth of the season, surpassing his 2014 home run total. It was huge at the time in what was shaping up to be a low-scoring affair.
For someone who expressed a desire during spring training to play every day, Ethier is making the most of his opportunity. He has started 21 of 32 games this season, including 14 of the last 16 games in right field. It's an opportunity Ethier made himself believe was going to happen, even if he wasn't quite sure.
"I didn't know if it was going to be true, but that's what I had in my mind going in. I had to have that mentality because that's what's expected and that's what I expect of myself. I'm not going to sell myself short, and I'm not going to sell anyone else short here. If I did, I'd be letting a lot of people down," Ethier said. "What I expected was to find a way to contribute it, whatever way it was."
Howie Kendrick homered in the third inning for the Dodgers' first run. Kendrick had four hits of his own, and scored twice.
But the third time through the order for the Dodgers proved Dan Haren's undoing. Four hits against Haren in the fifth inning scored two runs, then a Scott Van Slyke double against relief pitcher Brad Hand scored two more, breaking the game wide open.
After a four-run fifth inning, the Dodgers used five more hits, a walk and a sacrifice fly in the sixth to plate five more runs.l
It was more than enough offense for Mike Bolsinger, who recorded 17 outs, allowed one run on five hits and two walks for the second time in as many starts for the Dodgers.
Bolsinger's only run allowed was a home run to Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning. But it wasn't so much a home run as it was a moment, and one to be cherished. Stanton hit the ball 478 feet, the longest home run of the season in MLB, but mere numbers don't do it justice. Not only did he hit the canopy behind the left field pavilion, but the instant he hit it the ball commanded nearly everyone at Dodger Stadium to gasp and stare at its majesty.
"It was a pretty good one. It reminded me of 'Bull Durham.' I watched that scene the other night," Mattingly said. "That ball should have had a stewardess on it."
It was a hell of an opening act, but the real show was the Dodgers, who improved to 15-2 at home, and have won 10 consecutive home series, dating back to 2014, for the first time since Brooklyn won 11 straight series at Ebbets Field in 1955.
The Dodgers have outscored opponents 100-48 at Dodger Stadium this season.
Home runs: Howie Kendrick (4), Andre Ethier (5); Giancarlo Stanton (8)
WP - Mike Bolsinger (1-0): 5⅔ IP, 5 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts
LP - Dan Haren (4-2): 4⅓ IP, 11 hits, 6 runs, 4 strikeouts