Dodgers drub MarlinsAug 25, 2012 - 6:57 AM Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly on the verge of a blockbuster trade, but their current lineup appeared more than capable on Friday in the opener of a three-game series against the Miami Marlins.
Andre Ethier, Hanley Ramirez, and Juan Rivera all homered in the 11-4 win for the Dodgers, who are discussing a deal which would bring in first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, outfielder Carl Crawford, right-hander Josh Beckett and infielder Nick Punto from the Boston Red Sox, according to multiple reports.
In exchange, Los Angeles would ship first baseman James Loney, who was held out of Friday's game, and minor leaguers to Boston.
"Everybody knows what is in the works," said Ethier. "We'll see what happens (Saturday)."
Ethier belted a three-run homer in the first inning, Rivera led off the second with a shot to right-center, and Ramirez added a two-run blast against his former team an inning later.
Chad Billingsley, who had won six straight starts, exited after 3 1/3 innings with a sore right elbow. The 28-year-old righty already endured a stint on the 15-day disabled list this season due to right elbow inflammation and hasn't lost since his return on July 23.
"I threw a cutter and something happened," said Billingsley. "I'm not feeling too good. The MRI showed inflammation so I guess that's good news. They told me to let it rest and we'll go from there."
Jamey Wright (5-3) earned the win after allowing three hits -- including a solo homer by Giancarlo Stanton -- over 1 2/3 innings of relief.
"I think their bullpen did a good job and their offense just kept at it," Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano said. "Gotta give them all the credit really, they just outplayed us."
Ethier added an RBI single during a five-run seventh and finished 4-for-4 with three runs scored for the Dodgers, who were swept by the San Francisco Giants in their previous series.
San Francisco defeated the Atlanta Braves on Friday to maintain a three-game lead over Los Angeles atop the NL West.
Nathan Eovaldi (4-9), acquired from the Dodgers in the Ramirez trade last month, was charged with six runs on seven hits over three innings in the loss.
Jose Reyes hit a first-inning, two-run homer and Bryan Petersen added an RBI groundout in the second for the Marlins, who were swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first-ever doubleheader at Chase Field on Wednesday.
Matt Kemp had an RBI single in the seventh before three runs crossed the plate when third baseman Gregg Dobbs and Stanton committed errors on the same play.
Luis Cruz hit a slow roller to Dobbs, who threw the ball past Stanton at first base, allowing Kemp and Ethier to score. Cruz headed to third base on the play and came home on Stanton's errant throw across the diamond.
Ethier is now batting .387 (53-for-137) against the Marlins in his career, which is tops among active players.
"We got back into the win column and that's key," said Ethier.
The Dodgers have won six of their last eight games against the Marlins ... Billingsley was charged with three runs. He was the first Los Angeles pitcher to win six straight starts since Kevin Brown won seven straight in 2003 ... The five combined home runs on Friday marked a season-high for both teams ... Eovaldi fell to 0-5 in 10 career games -- seven starts -- at Dodger Stadium.
- MIAMI: 4
LOS ANGELES: 11
Aug 25 1:42 AM
- Luis Cruz infield single to third. On the play, Greg Dobbs' throwing error scored Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier. On the play, Giancarlo Stanton's throwing error scored Luis Cruz. None on with one out and Juan Rivera due up.
Marlins 4, Dodgers 11 Bot 7, 1 OutAug 25 1:13 AM
- Andre Ethier singled to left scored Mark Ellis. On the play, Matt Kemp advances to second. Runners on first and second with none out and Hanley Ramirez due up.
Marlins 4, Dodgers 8 Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 25 12:57 AM
- Matt Kemp singled to center scored Shane Victorino. On the play, Mark Ellis advances to second. Runners on first and second with none out and Andre Ethier due up.
Marlins 4, Dodgers 7 Bot 7, 0 OutsAug 25 12:47 AM
- Giancarlo Stanton two-out, solo Home Run (27) to left. Greg Dobbs due up.
Marlins 4, Dodgers 6 Top 5, 2 OutsAug 24 11:57 PM
- Hanley Ramirez one-out, two-run Home Run (20) to right scored Andre Ethier. Luis Cruz due up.
Marlins 3, Dodgers 6 Bot 3, 1 OutAug 24 11:11 PM
- Juan Rivera lead-off Home Run (7) to right center. A.J. Ellis due up.
Marlins 3, Dodgers 4 Bot 2, 0 OutsAug 24 10:50 PM
- Bryan Petersen grounded out first to pitcher scored Donovan Solano. On the play, Rob Brantly advances to third. Runner on third with two outs and Justin Ruggiano due up.
Marlins 3, Dodgers 3 Top 2, 2 OutsAug 24 10:41 PM
- Andre Ethier one-out, three-run Home Run (13) to right scored Mark Ellis and Matt Kemp. Hanley Ramirez due up.
Marlins 2, Dodgers 3 Bot 1, 1 OutAug 24 10:29 PM
- Jose Reyes one-out, two-run Home Run (10) to right scored Bryan Petersen. Carlos Lee due up.
Marlins 2, Dodgers 0 Top 1, 1 OutAug 24 10:14 PM
- MIAMI: 0
LOS ANGELES: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 24 10:10 PM
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