Carl Crawford’s HR in 11th lifts Dodgers by Marlins

05/04/2014 12:09 AM

05/04/2014 12:47 AM

The Marlins lost one Saturday that left them with mixed feelings, both satisfying and not so. That they managed to recover from a five-run deficit in the seventh to send their game into extra innings with the Dodgers gave them reason to feel good about themselves.

But then to lose it in the 11th when Carl Crawford hammered a Carlos Marmol pitch for a two-run homer that resulted in a 9-7 Dodgers win, well, that was a punch to the gut. After all, the Marlins stranded 13 runners and missed out on a couple of opportunities late to win in walk-off style.

It just didn’t happen.

The Marlins had the bases loaded in the ninth with one out and a chance to win, but fell short. And they put the first two aboard in the 10th, only to come up empty again.

“That was a tough one,” manager Mike Redmond said. “We battled back and had a lot of opportunities to win it. But I liked a lot of things I saw [Saturday].”

The Marlins made a big comeback to send it to extras, rallying from a 7-2 deficit in the seventh before tying the score in the ninth on a bases-loaded walk by Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

But the Marlins couldn’t end it there.

Chris Perez struck out Christian Yelich and after going to 3-0 on Derek Dietrich, got him to fly to center to end the inning.

The Dodgers, who were playing their eighth extra-inning game of the season, won it in the 11th after Marmol walked Juan Uribe to start the inning and Crawford homered into the first row of seats in the upper deck in right.

Due to recent usage of relievers Mike Dunn and A.J. Ramos, Redmond said he needed to get two innings out of Marmol. He didn’t get them.

“He’s just in a rut right now,” Redmond said of Marmol.

All of the late-inning theatrics helped to obscure what was an otherwise subpar start for Jacob Turner, who was taking the mound for the first time since April 3.

Swinging a bat was what landed Turner on the disabled list and caused him to miss most of April with a shoulder injury. The Dodgers swinging their bats with authority was what spoiled his return.

The Dodgers tattooed Turner for nine hits, including a three-run homer by Yasiel Puig. The outing was Turner’s first in 30 days because of a shoulder injury that he sustained while practicing his swing in the batting cage.

The rust showed.

Turner gave up six runs in four innings, with all of the scoring against him coming on two-out hits. Uribe drove in a run with a two-out hit in the second. Hanley Ramirez did the same in the third.

“In all honesty, we only got four innings out of Jacob, which put us behind the eight-ball,” Redmond said.

Turner’s outing was another in a string of poor ones by his spot in the rotation, which was filled in his absence by Brad Hand and Kevin Slowey. In their six combined starts, those three pitchers have gone 0-1 with an ERA of 9.62.

The other four starters, by comparison, are 10-6 with a 2.44 ERA.

But even after Turner’s exit and falling behind by five runs, the Marlins were not done.

Their lineup continued to rack up hits. They finished with 14 hits to give them six consecutive games in which they’ve totaled at least 10.

Jeff Baker and Jeff Mathis both homered for the first time this season, and Marcell Ozuna belted a three-run homer in the seventh off reliever Brian Wilson that pulled the Marlins to within a run. It was the first time since June 23 of last season that the Marlins hit at least three homers.

After Dodgers starter Paul Maholm handed a 7-3 lead to the bullpen in the seventh, the Marlins closed the gap. After plunking Adeiny Hechavarria with a pitch and walking Giancarlo Stanton, Wilson went to work on Ozuna with two outs.

Ozuna fouled off five pitches in the at-bat — the latter three with two strikes — before lining his fifth home run into the Dodgers’ bullpen in left.

The Marlins loaded the bases in the eighth with two outs. But Chris Withrow struck out Stanton on three pitches to kill the rally.

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