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Marlins' bats awaken in support of DeSclafani's MLB debut; Dodgers routed

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodger Stadium scoreboard went on the fritz Wednesday night. That prompted Marlins' bench coach Rob Leary to call the press box and double check the score. His team's offense ran so rampant, they lost track.

In a Marlins Park-like performance, the visitors plastered the Dodgers, 13-3, in the series finale. Ed Lucas, Reed Johnson and Jeff Mathis � starting in place of regulars Derek Dietrich, Marcell Ozuna and Jarrod Saltalamacchia � all homered in support of Anthony DeSclafani, who became the ninth pitcher in club history to start and win his major league debut.

DeSclafani allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings to join the aforementioned list, which includes A.J. Burnett, Brad Penny, Jason Grilli, Josh Beckett and Anibal Sanchez. Marlins manager Mike Redmond was behind the plate for Burnett's winning debut on Aug. 17, 1999 at Dodger Stadium.

Though DeSclafani allowed at least one hit � including a Carl Crawford solo homer � in each of his innings, just one of those came in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position. He walked one, struck out seven and showed nice command of both his fastball and breaking ball during the 93-pitch outing.

DeSclafani's teammates made sure he didn't have to pitch in high-leverage situations. The Marlins had six-run, six-hit innings in the second and fourth. They finished with a season-high 17 hits, five of which went for extra bases. The 13 runs were one fewer than the Marlins scored during the five-game losing streak they snapped Wednesday.

Nicknamed "Disco," DeSclafani had a notable night at the plate as well. His first major league at-bat came with one out and the bases loaded in the second. Dee Gordon flubbed the ensuing grounder, allowing two runs to score and giving DeSclafani his first RBI.

The inning degenerated from there. Christian Yelich followed with a sacrifice fly and Lucas tacked on his first homer, a two-run shot that just cleared the left-field wall. Before starter Paul Maholm recorded the third out, the Marlins would add two more.

Stanton had already extended his career-best hitting streak to 16 games when he drilled a pitch over Carl Crawford's head in left for a double. Head's up base running allowed Stanton to score from second on a John Baker dribbler up the third base line. Both Maholm and catcher A.J. Ellis converged on the ball. With nobody covering the plate, Stanton darted home after the throw to first.

In the sixth, DeSclafani singled home a run for his first major league hit. According to Baseball Reference, his is the sixth starting pitcher in the last 37 years to knock in two or more runs in his major league debut. The other five � Jason Jennings, Chad Billingsley, Rick Porcello, Tommy Milone and Gerrit Cole � all have done it since 2001.

Maholm became the eighth opposing pitcher ever to allow 11 or more hits without completing at least four innings in a start against the Marlins. A couple of surprising names on that list include Pedro Martinez (July 18, 1999) and Mark Mulder (June 3, 2003). Maholm also joined Steve Sparks (June 11, 2010) and James Shields (May 5, 2004) as the only starters to give up 10 or more runs in fewer than four innings versus the Marlins.

DeSclafani's fastball touched 96 and still sat 93-95 in his final inning. He threw 45 of 56 charted fastballs (80.4 percent) and 18 of 25 charted breaking pitches (72 percent) in the zone. That effort represented the Marlins' first quality start since Justin Turner allowed a run over six last Thursday in San Diego.

New Marlins' pitcher Randy Wolf pitched the final three innings, giving up a run on three hits and striking out two for his first career save.

In salvaging the final game of the three-game set at Dodger Stadium, the Marlins improved to 4-13 on the road. They head to AT&T Park to start a four-game set with the Giants on Thursday night a game over .500 (21-20) and 2-5 on the trip.

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