Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 7, Marlins 1

May, 13, 2014
May 13
10:12
PM PT
LOS ANGELES -- Josh Beckett continued one of the most impressive comeback stories in baseball, and this time his teammates did enough to send him home with a win.

Beckett (1-1) struck out six batters in 6 1/3 innings and picked up his first win of the season in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 7-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night.

How it happened: Beckett worked around some fourth-inning trouble and picked up his first win since the end of the 2012 season. The Dodgers broke the trend of lousy run support, erupting for five sixth-inning runs off Jacob Turner. The Dodgers had little idea what to expect from Beckett this spring, as he was coming off major surgery to relieve him of the shoulder pain caused by thoracic outlet syndrome.

Hits: Yasiel Puig looked as though he had an absolute blast on his bobblehead night. His mother, Maritza, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to her son and Puig bounced around the field all game long. He also continued his blistering hitting, going 2-for-3 with an RBI double and extending his career-best hitting streak to 13 games. He also took a walk to set up Hanley Ramirez's two-run double, continuing a trend of being more patient.

Misses: Giancarlo Stanton, who always seems to enjoy coming home to play near his San Fernando Valley roots, made a nice running catch to take a double away from Justin Turner, but he also had some rough moments in right field. Dee Gordon dashed to second on what should have been a routine single to right, taking Stanton by surprise, and he bobbled a couple of balls to let Dodgers take extra bases.

Stat of the game: Unless the game went to the bullpens, something had to give. Turner came into the game with a streak of 15 straight starts without a win. Beckett came in riding a 14-start winless streak. Turner's continues.

Up next: The Marlins announced a replacement for young ace Jose Fernandez, who was put on the 15-day disabled list because of an elbow injury. It's Anthony DeSclafani, who will come up from Double-A to make his major league debut on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Dodgers will rely on lefty Paul Maholm (1-3, 4.71 ERA) in what might be his final start for a while, since Hyun-Jin Ryu is close to returning. The game begins at 7:10 p.m. PT.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Yasiel Puig
BA HR RBI R
.301 13 59 71
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Gonzalez 18
RBIA. Gonzalez 90
RD. Gordon 73
OPSY. Puig .882
WC. Kershaw 16
ERAC. Kershaw 1.73
SOC. Kershaw 194