LOS ANGELES -- One night after Don Mattingly went ballistic on Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren during a heated dugouts-clearing confrontation, the two exchanged lineup cards and politely shook hands.
Then Mattingly and the Marlins got their payback Saturday, unloading on the Dodgers in a 10-6 win.
Giancarlo Stanton said he felt a “different aura” when he arrived to Dodger Stadium, a “different feeling” caused by Friday’s “little wake-up.”
Stanton had reason to be motivated. It was Ross Stripling’s pitch behind his back that precipitated the brouhaha. Stanton answered back on Saturday with a career-high three doubles and three RBI.
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“It was good,” Stanton said of Friday’s altercation. “Just wake up. Have some drive. Have some fight generated toward the field the right way.”
The way the Marlins have been going, they need all the motivation they can get.
The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for the slumping Marlins and provided them no small amount of satisfaction after they and the Dodgers nearly came to blows the night before. It was just what the good doctor ordered for the ailing Marlins, who have staggered through one of the worst stretches in team history, losing 19 of 23 before Saturday’s win.
And everyone had some hand in it, from starting pitcher Dan Straily to a lineup that produced more runs in one game Saturday than it had in the five previous games put together. Straily took a no-hitter into the fifth and the Marlins erupted for 10 runs in the first five innings, with rookie J.T. Riddle coming within a triple of becoming the first Marlin to hit for the cycle.
“We needed it. Absolutely, we needed it,” Straily said. “We needed to come in here and hopefully we can start a streak today.”
The Marlins haven’t won back-to-back games in a month. They’ll have a chance to end the skid Sunday when they close out their series with the Dodgers.
Straily woke up on Saturday with the backdrop of Friday’s flare-up in the back of his mind. But it was gone by the time he arrived to the ballpark.
“Honestly, by the time I got to the stadium today and started warming up, I was more focused on how I’m going to get the Dodgers out, not who’s angry at who right now for this kind of stuff,” Straily said. “We’re coming here with the goal of winning a baseball game, not to throw baseballs at each other.”
Straily has been the Marlins’ only consistent starter, and Saturday he continued the pattern with another strong outing. He gave up a pair of walks through four innings, but nothing else. It wasn’t until the Hernandez homer in the fifth and the Dodgers sixth that he began to lose his early rhythm.
“I was really happy with the first five,” Straily said. “I was very frustrated with myself in that sixth inning. I gave up some hits there late and them back some momentum there as I exited. Overall, I felt pretty good about it. I just have to be better at the end.”
What started out as a laugher turned serious late.
After the Marlins jumped out to a 10-0 lead, scoring at least one run in each of the first five innings, they began to let it gradually slip away late. The Dodgers scored two runs in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh behind back-to-back home runs from Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger off Marlins reliever Jarlin Garcia.
But David Phelps and Kyle Barraclough worked the final two innings to close out the win.
“We come in here every single day with the same attitude, same effort level, preparation, everything,” Straily said. “To actually get a W at the end of the day, it’s just one, but it’s a step in the right direction.”