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Marlins can't hold off offensive prowess of Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- If the Miami Marlins could make the rest of their road trip vanish, just go away with the push of a button, they'd charter a flight and gun the throttle for Miami.

That option is not available to them, however, and they can only hope the remaining five games on the long trip out West turn out better for them than the previous five have.

The Marlins lost again on Tuesday ngiht, this time by a 7-1 score, when the Dodgers solved Jacob Turner in the sixth after he had blanked them the first five innings.

"He was really good," manager Mike Redmond said of Turner, "and then that sixth inning, just couldn't get through it. It's tough to get through that lineup that third time."

After Turner retired pitching counterpart Josh Beckett to begin the sixth, the Dodgers erupted for five runs before Dan Jennings took over and brought the onslaught to an end.

Given Turner's and the Marlins' -- record on the road, the outcome came as no great surprise. Turner's career road record fell to 0-10 while the Marlins are now 3-15 on the road this season. With the loss, the Marlins also returned to .500 with a 20-20 mark.

It was not what the Marlins were hoping from for Turner.

Their bullpen expended by a run of poor starts over the past week, the Marlins were counting on Turner to give the relievers a breather. And for the first five innings, it looked as though he would.

Turner, who was the last starter for the Marlins to turn in any kind of decent outing, breezed through one of the most formidable lineups in the majors. He gave up only four harmless hits before the wheels came off.

After getting Beckett to start the sixth, Turner gave up a double to Dee Gordon, walked Yasiel Puig, and then lost his shutout when Hanley Ramirez drove a 3-2 fastball into left for a two-run double.

The Dodgers weren't done.

Adrian Gonzalez singled on the very next pitch to drive in another run and Matt Kemp followed with another RBI single to bring Turner's night to an end.

Meanwhile, the Marlins were having no success with Beckett, their 2003 World Series hero. Beckett, who was seeking his first win, had lost to the Marlins in Miami on May 2.

But the Marlins were no match for him on Tuesday.

Beckett notched his first win since Sept. 30, 2012.

Giancarlo Stanton had a pair of singles, extending his hitting streak to 15 consecutive games. But that was about it as far as the Marlins' offensive attack was concerned until the seventh when they finally managed to get on the board on a Marcell Ozuna sacrifice fly.

"We're in that funk right now where we can't get it all going," Redmond said. "We can't get a quality start and we can't get the runs that we need. For whatever reason, we were doing it at home and we went from having eight guys hitting to (just) one. I'm not sure how to explain it, but we've got to get it figured out and win some ballgames on the road."

The Marlins aren't receiving production from several members of the lineup. Most noticeable of those is Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts Tuesday. Saltalamaccha is 0 for his last 22 with a dozen whiffs. Ozuna is 4 for 20 on the trip.

Following the game, the Marlins optioned left-handed reliever Dan Jennings to Triple A New Orleans and designated right-handed reliever Henry Rodriguez for assignment. The Marlins will promote pitcher Anthony DeSclafani from Double A Jacksonville to start for them Wednesday against the Dodgers.

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