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Jose Fernandez outduels Maeda as Marlins sweep Dodgers

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Marlins President David Samson reacts Thursday to Dee Gordon being suspended 80 games for use of PEDs

LOS ANGELES – Kenta Maeda has been nearly untouchable in his first four starts as a major leaguer.

Maeda appeared to be on his way to adding the Marlins to the list of teams that have not been able to figure out the Dodgers’ 28-year old first-year sensation.

For the second time this week, the Marlins broke out late against one of the Dodgers’ best arms.

The Marlins scored three runs in the seventh to rally from an early two-run deficit and beat the Dodgers 5-3 Thursday night, sweeping the four-game series.

The Marlins (10-11) won their fifth consecutive game — their first such streak since Sept. 23-27 of last year — and swept a series at Dodger Stadium for the first time in franchise history.

Maeda, who pitched eight years in Japan, had only given up one run in his first four starts. On Thursday, he allowed four runs and a pair of home runs to J.T. Realmuto and Giancarlo Stanton.

Maeda lasted 6 2/3 innings and allowed seven hits and four earned runs with one walk and five strikeouts.

Jose Fernandez didn’t get off to as good a start as Maeda, giving up two runs in the first inning.

Fernandez allowed two runs in the first inning for the second consecutive start and it was the fourth time this season he has given up a run in the first two innings of a game.

Fernandez, however, worked his way out of jams in the third and fifth innings, and lasted six innings for the third consecutive start. Fernandez allowed five hits, struck out eight and walked three on 89 pitches.

Fernandez has 40 strikeouts for the season in 28 2/3 innings.

He had his greatest difficulty against Chase Utley and Corey Seager, the top two hitters in the Dodgers lineup, who reached base three times against him.

Yasmani Grandal belted a 98-mph fastball over Ichiro Suzuki and to the wall in center field scoring Utley in the first inning.

The second run came when Yasiel Puig hit a weak pop up in the infield and landed before Fernandez or Dee Gordon could track it down allowing Seager to score.

J.T. Realmuto cut the deficit to 2-1 in the second inning with a solo home run to right-center field.

Realmuto then set the table for the Marlins’ comeback in the seventh with a one-out single.

Adeiny Hechavarria, who has struggled at the plate all season, broke an 0-for-12 slump with a single. Hechavarria was 2 for 26 prior to the single.

Dee Gordon, who was 3 for his previous 20 at-bats, tied the game with a single.

Martin Prado, has had no trouble hitting lately, put the Marlins ahead with a single. Prado is 7 for 13 since rejoining the team Tuesday following the birth of his daughter.

A.J. Ramos gave up his first run of the season, but recorded his sixth save in as many opportunities.

Andre C. Fernandez: 305-376-4997, @AndreMHsports

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