LOS ANGELES (AP) – Chris Capuano pitched effectively into the seventh inning and Scott Van Slyke homered, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Sunday.
Capuano (1-2) allowed a run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings with seven strikeouts and one walk. The left-hander started against the Marlins for the first time since last Aug. 12, when he threw eight innings of two-hit ball in a 5-0 win at Miami.
Brandon League finished in a non-save situation, giving up a two-run double by Adeiny Hechavarria with two outs in the ninth after allowing a game-deciding home run in each of his previous two appearances.
The Dodgers, who ended an eight-game slide Saturday night with a 7-1 victory, took two of three in the series. They remain last in the NL West with a 15-21 record and still trail division-leading San Francisco by seven games.
Marlins rookie Tom Koehler (0-1) threw 79 pitches over five innings in his second big league start and first this season, allowing two runs and seven hits. The 26-year-old right-hander was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on April 19 and made six relief appearances before replacing Wade LeBlanc in the rotation.
LeBlanc is 1-7 with a 4.33 ERA against the Dodgers, and the Marlins have lost all seven games the left-hander has started this year – including two no-decisions.
Koehler faced a lineup loaded with left-handed hitters except for Van Slyke, Matt Kemp and Tim Federowicz, who were a combined 4 for 7 against him. During his stint in the bullpen, righties were 1 for 23.
Kemp extended his hitting streak to 11 games with two singles, the second of which was his 1,000th career hit.
Van Slyke, recalled from Triple-A on Friday, opened the scoring with his third big league homer leading off the second. His only other home run at Dodger Stadium was last May 20, when he hit a three-run shot in the seventh inning against St. Louis’ Marc Rzepczynski while pinch-hitting for Adam Kennedy to turn a 5-3 deficit into a 6-5 lead – which turned out to be the final score.
After Nick Punto’s sacrifice fly gave Los Angeles a 2-0 lead in the fourth, Justin Ruggiano got the Marlins on the board in the sixth with his seventh homer – all on the road.
But the Dodgers extended the margin to 5-1 during a three-run seventh, as Mike Dunn gave up RBI singles to Van Slyke and Carl Crawford and a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Andre Ethier that followed an intentional walk to Kemp. The first two runs in the inning were charged to Jon Rauch.
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