Bauer – who expressed frustration after the defending World Series champions dropped their fifth straight series last weekend – pitched seven shutout innings and struck out 10 on Saturday night as the Dodgers beat the Marlins in Miami 7-0 to extend their winning streak to four.
Max Muncy had three hits and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Miami Marlins 7-0 on Saturday night to extend their winning streak to four after going through a 5-15 streak.
“We should be winning and we’ve been doing that lately,” said wide receiver Will Smith.
The victory capped a busy day for the Dodgers – who also received some bad news after the game. Shortstop Corey Seager heads for the injured list after breaking his right hand in the fifth inning when he was hit in the right hand by Ross Detwiler.
Earlier on Saturday, someone familiar with the deal told The Associated Press that the Dodgers are signing veteran first baseman Albert Pujols for a major league deal. Los Angeles also made a trade during the game when they acquired infielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo from the Tampa Bay Rays.
Bauer (4-2) allowed just two hits and three baserunners. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner struck out the last 11 Marlins hitters he faced as a lone runner reached second base.
It was the third time in nine starts this season that the right-hander had played at least seven innings. He threw 113 pitches, including 71 for strikes, marking the fourth time in the last five starts he’s thrown at least 103 pitches.
“I knew before the game that I was going to have some really good stuff,” said Bauer. “My speed was good, the game plan was good. It’s a great combination when everything is going well. “
Bauer – who leads the National League with 77 strikeouts and 57 1/3 innings pitched – struck out six his first time in the Marlins roster and his 10 punches came in the first four innings. He said he got behind some batters in the later innings which limited the way he could attack batters.
“My prediction was 12 punches, so I was a little disappointed that I failed,” he said.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was more than pleased that Bauer was able to take it further, considering Sunday’s series final will be a pen game for his staff.
Muncy had his second three-hit game of the season. The first baseman extended Los Angeles’ lead to 3-0 in the fifth with an RBI single. He’s 8-for-14 with seven RBIs during the stay at home and increased his batting average by 42 points to .261.
Miami’s Jordan Holloway (1-2) didn’t allow a hitting the first three innings, but struggled in the fourth. Justin Turner and Muncy started the round with singles and Will Smith walked to charge the goals. Turner scored when Chris Taylor drew a basics-laden walk, which ended Holloway’s night out. Muncy extended the lead to 2-0 when he came home from Gavin Lux’s field in second.
The Marlins, who are 2-4 on their 10-game road trip, have had two hits for the second time this season. Holloway had four hitters, a season-high, and struck out two.
“I think with our young guys they have the ingredients to be good. They don’t just have the whole recipe, ”Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “Jordan is showing at different times that he can take his break point but he needs to get his fastpitch in the right areas. He’s got it all, we just have to help him grow. “
Los Angeles extended their lead to 4-0 in the fifth when Taylor’s ground-out tackled Sheldon Neuse.
The Dodgers added three more in the eighth. The base-laden DJ Peters single led to two and Mookie Betts’ sacrifice marked Lux.
It was the second game in a row Los Angeles had lost someone to injury. AJ Pollock was placed on the injured list after the outfielder strained his hamstrings on Friday.
Plate umpire Chad Fairchild had a short cut when it came to anyone arguing for balls and hitting. Fairchild sent off the Marlins by hitting coach Eric Duncan in the second and Dodgers outfielder Matt Beaty in the fourth after both opposed the third strikes.
Marlins: Jazz Chisholm, who has been on the injured list since April 28 with a left hamstring strain, has arrived in Los Angeles but was not activated. The infielder was in rehab with Triple-A Jacksonville. … RHP Cody Poteet was opted for Jacksonville after LHP Braxton Garrett’s call.
Dodgers: RHP Edwin Uceta was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City to take Pollock’s roster spot. … IF Edwin Rios will undergo end-of-season surgery next week to repair a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder.
Miami RHP Pablo Lopez (0-3, 3.07 ERA) appears to be rebounding after allowing Arizona six runs in 4 1/3 innings last Tuesday. Right-hander Jimmy Nelson (1-0, 3.00 ERA) gets his first season start for Los Angeles.