Cody Bellinger delivered a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth to lift the Dodgers to a 2-1 over the Marlins. The win is the seventh in the last eight games for Los Angeles as they climb above the .500 mark for the first time all season at 11-10.
With the game knotted at one apiece, the Dodgers had runners on the corners with one out for Bellinger. The Dodger first baseman smacked a line drive to right field that was more than enough to get Chris Taylor home with the go-ahead run.
The Marlins had tied the ballgame in the top half of the inning on a Brian Anderson RBI-single, taking advantage of a hit batter and a throwing error earlier in the inning. Anderson snuck a slow roller up the middle to score Starlin Castro from second easily.
It was the Kiké Hernandez show early on in the game as the super-utility man on the roster made a pair of spectacular plays and clubbed his their homer of the year.
Hernandez has come alive at the plate recently, going 7-for-10 with with two homers, four singles, a double and two walks in his las 11 plate appearances.
Josh Fields nailed down the ninth inning for his first save of the season with Kenley Jansen unavailable after closing down the last two wins against the Nationals.
First Things First
Walker Buehler made it through five scoreless innings in his first career start. The right-hander struck out five while giving up four hits and three walks.
The Marlins loaded the bases in the first inning with a pair of singles and a walk but wouldn’t score as Buehler struck out J.B. Shuck to end the frame on a 99-mph fastball.
The 23-year-old Buehler is not expected to make an extended stay in the big leagues but could make another start as the 26th man on the roster for the Dodgers-Giants doubleheader in San Francisco this weekend.
Home run: Kiké Hernandez (3)
WP - Adam Liberatore (1-0): 2/3 IP
LP - Kyle Barraclough (0-1): 1 IP, 2 hit, 1 run, 1 strikeout
Sv - Josh Fields (1): 1 IP, 1 hit