After pitching like an All-Star in his first seven starts, Kevin Slowey finally had his first rough night as a Marlin Saturday.
Thirsty for a win and hoping to take some heat off skipper Don Mattingly, the Dodgers ended a season-high eight-game losing streak by pummeling the veteran right-hander in a 7-1 victory played in front of 42,208 fans at Dodger Stadium.
“It was kind of a battle,” said Slowey, who came in with the seventh-best ERA (1.81) among National League starters and gave up a season-high 11-hits, five earned runs and three walks and exited after just 4 2/3 innings.
“There will be those games throughout the course of the season. You try to survive it a little better than I did today.”
Truth is it could have been worse for Slowey.
The Marlins (11-26) avoided more damage with two outfield assists in the third inning and set a franchise record later in the fifth when center fielder Justin Ruggiano threw out Skip Schumaker at the plate, another earned run that would have gone to Slowey.
The three outfield assists -- one by left fielder Matt Diaz on a putout to third base and another by right fielder Marcell Ozuna on a throw to second -- marked the first time in Marlins history all three starting outfielders recorded an assist in the same game. It was also the first time that's happened in the majors since the Angels did it on July 25, 2010.
On a night they lost by six runs, that was about as good as it got for manager Mike Redmond's club.
“We were fortunate to keep that game where it was early,” Redmond said. “We made some nice plays and got out of a couple jams. At the same time too we really got shut down.”
The Dodgers (14-21) pounded out 14 hits in all and rode the left arm of rookie starter Hyun-Jin Ryu to the win. Ryu went 6 2/3 innings, giving up five hits and one earned run while walking three and striking out three to improve to 4-2.
His only mistake was giving up a solo home run to Marlins catcher Miguel Olivo to open the seventh. Mattingly pulled Ryu later in the inning when he surrendered a two-out pinch-hit single to Chris Coghlan. Ryu left to a standing ovation.
The Dodgers played very good defense behind him. Left fielder Carl Crawford made a diving catch in the seventh inning to rob Nick Green of a double right before Coghlan followed with his pinch-hit single.
Schumaker made a beautiful lunging catch in the fifth to rob Diaz in the fifth of what would have been a two-out RBI single.
Placido Polanco , who had two of the Marlins five hits, opened the fourth with a double and moved to third with one out but the Marlins couldn't drive him home. Marcell Ozuna struckout after just missing out on an extra base hit down the right field line and then Olivo bounced out to short.
“He looked good. He mixed his speeds well, which was a little different for us,” Redmond said of Ryu. “He did a nice job.”
Before his struggles Saturday, Slowey had given up 11 hits and four runs combined over his three previous starts (21 inning combined). But his command was off Saturday and the Dodgers took advantage. Schumaker led the way with three RBI.
“I felt like I made some good pitches that they were able to fight off into the outfield and when I left the ball over the plate they hit it pretty well,” Slowey said. “I had some opportunities to get out of some innings. For me the takeaways -- just execute better early in counts. Some of those pitches they fought off I thought I could them away earlier in the at-bat.
“It's how it goes sometimes. I can't change my approach, can't change anything major.”