LOS ANGELES -- Derek Dietrich crushed a three-run home run, Jose Fernandez rebounded from giving one up himself early, and the Marlins overcame their largest deficit of the season to rally past the spiraling Dodgers 5-4 on Friday night.
Chris Coghlan's pinch-hit double in the seventh off reliever Ronald Belisario followed by Juan Pierre's RBI single to left helped cap the rally for Miami, which ended a three-game losing streak and sent L.A. (13-21) to its eighth straight loss amid the boos of 41,721 fans at Dodger Stadium.
“Big hit. That's what we've been waiting on,” said Marlins manager Mike Redmond of Dietrich’s fourth-inning blast, which tied the game at three in the fourth and ended the Marlins run of 17 consecutive scoreless innings.
“You got a young kid up taking advantage of an opportunity to play and had a tremendous at-bat, squared one up. Fernandez gave up a couple runs early, but we were able to answer it. I think he got mad. He got to another level. Looks like he just came out a little bit up in the zone -- gave up the big pitch and then just turned it up. He was lights out after that. Big win.”
Closer Steve Cishek, who hasn’t had many opportunities to pitch with a lead in the ninth, delivered a 1-2-3 inning and picked up his fifth save of the season, second of the 10-game road trip. The Marlins (11-24) hadn't overcome a deficit of more than one run to win prior to Friday.
Fernandez, pitching in front of newly hired agent Scott Boras for the first time in the big leagues, fell behind 3-0 on his 10th pitch of the game when Adrian Gonzalez took him deep to center in the first inning. But the 20-year old right-hander recovered and went six innings, giving up eight hits and two walks with seven strikeouts to pick up his second straight win. He threw 66 of his 86 pitches for strikes -- a 76.7 strike percentage that was his highest of the season.
“I think my start in Cincinnati taught me a lot,” said Fernandez, who gave up an early lead against the Reds last month and fell apart in his first career loss. “After the home run -- the first pitch. After that pitch I felt it. Now I'm pitching.”
Dietrich, playing in just his second game since being called up from Double A Jacksonville on Wednesday, felt just as good about his first career home run. He helped lift Fernandez’s spirits when he crushed a 3-2 pitch from Dodgers starter Matt Magill out for a three-run home run to right field.
“That was special,” Dietrich said. “So many greats have played here. Just walking in here earlier today into the clubhouse kind of brought chills. Friday night, Dodger Stadium, so glad we got the win.”
The Dodgers opened the fifth with a bloop pinch-hit single by Jose Uribe and then Carl Crawford's third line-drive single to center off Fernandez.
But the Marlins put the clamps on the rally quickly when catcher Rob Brantly picked Uribe off second with a pinpoint throw to shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who applied the tag for the first out. Fernandez then struckout Nick Punto looking and got Gonzalez swinging on a nasty curveball. Fernandez punctuated the punchout by pumping his fists as he walked off the mound.
An inning later, Fernandez got some more help when Justin Ruggiano raced back to the warning track and made an over the should catch to rob Matt Kemp of an extra base hit to open the frame.
That defensive play turned out to be vital for Fernandez, who gave up a single to A.J. Ellis and then a double to Skip Schumaker with two outs later in the frame. But with the bases loaded, Fernandez got out of trouble by getting pinch-hitter Tim Federowicz to fly out softly to center.
Brantly then get a Marlins' rally going in the seventh with a leadoff single to right off Belisario. Coghlan followed by driving a pitch to the top of the wall in center, a play that was reviewed and upheld. Pierre then put the Marlins up 4-3 when he slapped a single to left for his fourth RBI of the season. When Adeiny Hechavarria followed by bouncing into an unassisted double-play, Coghlan scored from third and the Marlins lead was 5-3.
The Dodgers scored a run in the eighth when Kemp singled, stole second and scored on A.J. Ellis' single to center off Chad Qualls. But the Dodgers -- one of three National League teams worse at driving in runners with scoring position -- couldn't get another big hit after that.
Despite throwing a wild pitch that allowed Ellis to move to second with one out, Qualls got out of the jam thanks to a nifty defensive play at short by Hechavarria to get Schumaker out and then a Dee Gordon groundout to second that was dangerously close.