Dodgers Cruise Past Marlins Behind Brett Anderson

 

MIAMI — Brett Anderson continued his bounce back season with 10 strikeouts over the struggling Marlins Friday night as the Dodgers rolled to a 7-1 win at Marlins Park.

The Dodgers big lefty turned in seven strong innings allowing just one run on five hits and a walk, helping himself in the process with an RBI-single and two pickoffs. Anderson (4-4, 3.13 ERA) now leads the majors with five pickoffs on the season.

Former Dodger Dee Gordon manufactured the Marlins only run in the first inning after reaching on an infield single. A stolen base and two ground balls brought Gordon around for an early 1-0 lead. That would be it for Miami offensively as they couldn’t get anything going against Anderson.

Scott Van Slyke put the Dodgers on top for good when he slugged a two-run shot in the top of the second inning giving Anderson a 2-1 lead. The lead would stretch to 5-1 after the Dodgers loaded the bases in the fourth. Jimmy Rollins singled in a pair and Anderson followed two batters later driving in a run of his own.

Anderson got stronger as the game went along striking out seven of the last 10 batters he faced. Friday was the fourth time in the last seven starts that Anderson has lasted at least seven innings and he has a 2.47 ERA in 11 starts since the beginning of May.

Adam Liberatore struck out three of the four batters he faced and Pedro Baez — fresh off the disabled list — came in and struck out the side in the ninth to nail down the victory.

Overall, 13 of the last 17 Miami hitters went down on strikes including the final 10 outs of the game.

NOTES:

Howie Kendrick was 4-for-5 with an RBI-single to bring his total to 10-for-18 (.556) vs the Marlins in 2015.

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