LOS ANGELES — — The Dodgers faced a rookie right-hander Jordan Yamamoto who had not lost in his first six starts of his career. But the Dodgers had Walker Buehler on the mound and today he pitched a great game as the Dodgers won 9-0 to sweep the weekend series against the Marlins.
Buehler started the game by getting six strikeouts to record all of the outs in the first and second inning. Including the last two outs of the second inning, he retired the next 13 hitters before giving up a two-out single to Garrett Cooper in the sixth inning.
The Dodger right-hander would end up pitching seven scoreless innings. He gave up five hits and struck out 11. Buehler also joined teammate Hyun-Jin Ryu and Zack Greinke for the major league lead of starts this season of seven innings or more with no walks. Those three pitchers have six such starts so far this season.
The Dodgers continued their power surge on Sunday as home runs accounted for seven of the nine runs they scored.
Yamamoto had not allowed a home run in his first 34 innings pitched but he did get past the first inning today. With two outs and Justin Turner on third, Max Muncy hit a two-run homer to give the Dodgers the lead in the first inning.
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The Dodgers added to their lead in the third inning. Buehler walked and Joc Pederson followed with a two-run homer to make it 4-0.
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In the fourth inning, A.J. Pollock singled and then while Matt Beaty was striking out, Pollock stole second and went to third on the throwing error. Kiké Hernández doubled home Pollock to put the Dodgers up 5-0.
A single from Pollock scored Pederson and the Dodgers added another run in the fifth inning to take a six-run lead. In the seventh inning, A.J. Pollock hit a three-run homer to close the scoring
Casey Sadler started the eighth inning in relief of Buehler. He retired the side with a strikeout. Sadler got to take a turn at the plate, he flew out, before exiting for Caleb Ferguson.
Ferguson, who had not retired any of the first four batters he faced since his recall, was able to pitch a scoreless inning with two strikeouts.
Home runs: Max Muncy (26), Joc Pederson (23), A.J. Pollock (6)
WP: Walker Buehler (9-1), 7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 11 SO
LP: Jordan Yamamoto (4-1), 4 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO
The Dodgers will have an off day at home before they host the Angels for two games starting Tuesday evening. Kenta Maeda and Félix Peña are scheduled to start with first pitch at 7:10 p.m.