LOS ANGELES -- Adrian Gonzalez didnt arrive to Dodger Stadium in time to take batting practice on the field Saturday. But the newest Dodgers timing did not appear to be off. Not in the least.
After receiving a thunderous ovation, Gonzalez dug his spikes into the batters box for the first time as a Dodger and with one swing of the night gave the crowd reason to rejoice.
Gonzalez laid into an 0-1 fastball from Josh Johnson and put it into the second-deck seats in right. The three-run blast, which came one day following the Dodgers mega-trade with the Boston Red Sox, served as the curtain-raiser on the new-look franchise.
The Dodgers handed the Marlins their fourth-straight loss, a 8-2 decision in which Johnson was knocked silly by Gonzalez and his new Dodger mates. Johnson not only lost his fourth consecutive start for the first time in his career, but looked dreadful doing so.
Los Angeles knocked Johnson out after only three innings, after torching him up for six runs on 10 hits, two of which were home runs: Gonzalezs and Mark Ellis solo shot in the second.
Johnson threw the staggering total of 89 pitches.
I was terrible, Johnson said. Never want to pitch like that.
Since the All-Star break, Johnson has gone 2-6. The six runs allowed matched a season high for Johnson, who also gave up six to the Padres in May and the same number to Philadelphia in April.
When you face a team of that caliber, with that lineup, you have to bring your best stuff, said manager Ozzie Guillen. If not, youre going to get killed.
Johnson gave up 10 hits for only the second time in his career.
But the night belonged to the transformed Dodgers, who pulled off one of the biggest trades in major league history -- at least in terms of the sheer millions of dollar in contracts that exchanged hands -- and showed off their new wares on Saturday.
Three of the four new Dodgers -- Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett and infielder Nick Punto -- were introduced individually before the start of the game, with each stepping to the top of the dugout steps and tipping their caps to the crowd.
Ironically, Gonzalez and Beckett are both former first-round draft picks of the Marlins; Beckett in 1999 and Gonzalez the following year.
The Marlins managed to score a run in the first off Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw, the reigning Cy Young Award winner, and Giancarlo Stanton continued his home run assault with a solo blast in the second.
Stantons home run set a franchise record. Stanton become the first Marlin to hit seven homers on a road trip. The previous record of six had been shared by Miguel Cabrera, Preston Wilson and Mike Lowell.
Guillen said Stanton is about the only person that makes Marlins games bearable to watch.
Every time he comes to the plate, at least we get to enjoy it, Guillen said. Every two or three innings, we get to enjoy it, to see this kid at the plate.
But that was the extent of the scoring for the Marlins, whose only hit after Stantons 452-foot blast was a disputed infield single by Donovan Solano in the sixth. Replays showed clearly that the throw to first beat Solano by at least half a step.
The Red Sox, on the other hand, totaled 16 hits. Four of those belonged to Andre Ethier, who doubled, homered and singled twice. Matt Kemp supplied three singles.