The Marlins didn’t come out smelling like roses in the first game of the “Sewage Series.”
By dropping a 2-1 decision on Monday to the Dodgers, the last-place Marlins lost their fifth straight and fell to a record of 5-17, equaling the worst start in franchise history.
Dodgers officials offered discounted tickets to their three-game series with the Marlins as an apology to fans for a sewage spill that forced the cancellation of an end-of-spring exhibition game with the Angels.
The stench is gone at Dodger Stadium. At least it is in its rawest form.
The Marlins, on the other hand, continued their stinky April despite another sharp outing by Jarlin Garcia.
Garcia, one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal season so far for the Marlins, saw his run of consecutive scoreless innings as a starter end at 14 on a Kike Hernandez leadoff homer in the fourth inning.
It was only the second hit given up by Garcia during his spectacular run, which covered his first three Major League starts.
Garcia went seven innings in Monday’s start, surrendering only four hits while striking out seven, a career high. Dodgers hitters put a lot of balls in the air, with eight of the 18 outs recorded by Garcia coming on fly balls to the outfield, six falling into the glove of Lewis Brinson in center.
Hernandez’s, though, landed where no Marlin could put a glove on it.
While Garcia was dealing, so was his Dodgers counterpart, rookie right-hander Walker Buehler, who was making his first Major League start. The Marlins put Buehler on a first-inning tightrope, loading the bases.
But Buehler escaped the jam by striking out JB Shuck, and the Marlins never again threatened, mustering only four harmless singles off Buehler during his five-inning stint.
It wasn’t until the Dodgers reached into their bullpen that the Marlins managed to put a number up on the scoreboard other than a zero, and it came in the eighth on Brian Anderson’s RBI single off J.T. Chargois to make it 1-1.
But the Dodgers answered in the eighth off Kyle Barraclough after Chris Taylor doubled to open the inning and ended up scoring on Cody Bellinger's sacrifice fly.