Neither the Dodgers nor Marlins got much going offensively on Sunday.
Los Angeles did just enough, however, to escape Marlins Park with a 2-0 victory to take the three-game series and hand Miami its ninth loss in 11 games.
Since beating the Yankees 12-2 on June 16, the Marlins are averaging less than two runs per game.
Miami had a chance in the ninth when Christian Yelich led off with a double. But he was stranded there after a pair of strikeouts and a popup ended it.
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The Marlins failed to move a single runner to third base and struck out eight times.
“Very solid pitching, but we had too many strikeouts this entire series,” said manager Dan Jennings, whose team has lost six of its past seven games.
“We were 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position, but Yelich gets the double in the ninth and we’re in the game with an opportunity. We need to cut down on the strikeouts, put the ball in play.”
The Marlins got a solid start from rookie Jose Urena (1-4) but had no answer for Zack Greinke (6-2). He continued his run of picking the Dodgers up after losses, improving to 22-6 in games following a Los Angeles defeat since leaving Kansas City in 2013.
On Sunday, Greinke — who didn’t get his first win until May 5 despite having the lowest ERA in the majors — went 72/3 innings, giving up four hits while striking out six.
The Marlins beat reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw on Saturday but offered little against Greinke, the 2009 AL Cy Young winner who is now 4-0 lifetime against the Marlins.
Greinke saw his ERA dip from 1.70 to 1.58, and he has gone a season-high 202/3 innings without giving up a run. He pitched 24 consecutive scoreless innings six seasons ago.
“We’ve faced some pretty good pitching the past few days,” first baseman Justin Bour said. “Greinke did a good job against us, but there was no sense of us quitting. We kept fighting and played all nine [innings]. We had a chance in the ninth. You can’t count us out.”
The game was scoreless until the fifth, when Jimmy Rollins led off by beating out a sharp grounder to Dee Gordon before moving to second on Urena’s balk. Rollins advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Greinke, then scored when the Marlins couldn’t finish a double play on Howie Kendrick’s grounder to second. With Greinke going, that was all the Dodgers would need.
“I did well, but sometimes that’s how it goes,” Urena said through an interpreter. “It doesn’t always work out.”
The Marlins went to their bullpen in the sixth, bringing in David Phelps. In the seventh, Mike Dunn entered and got the first two outs before walking Kendrick. Adrian Gonzalez made Dunn pay for that by drilling a double off the left-field wall to drive Kendrick home with the second run of the game.
After Yelich’s double in the ninth, Kenley Jansen picked up his 11th save by striking out Adeiny Hechavarria and Marcell Ozuna before getting Derek Dietrich to pop up in foul territory off home plate.