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Marlins give up six home runs to NL-leading Dodgers in series-opening loss

Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald on

Published in Baseball

MIAMI -- The Los Angeles Dodgers kept swinging, and the Miami Marlins kept watching balls fly into the seats at Marlins Park.

The final tally in Tuesday's 15-1 series-opening loss: Six home runs from five Dodgers batters off three Marlins pitchers.

It's the most home runs and overall runs the Marlins (44-74) have allowed this season. Their previous highs both came in a shutout loss to the Cincinnati Reds on April 9 (14 runs, five home runs).

It's also the most home runs by a single team at Marlins Park. The Colorado Rockies set the previous record of five on June 20, 2016.

Los Angeles (80-41) set the tone with three fourth-inning, two-out swings against Jordan Yamamoto pitches.

It started with A.J. Pollock's double, his second of three on Tuesday night. Three pitches later, Corey Seager sent an 0-2 curveball 392 feet into the right-field seats for a two-run home run. Seven pitches after that, catcher Will Smith belted a 78.7 mph slider 371 feet to left field after working the count full.

 

Three batters. Three extra-base hits. Three runs.

Yamamoto's night was done an inning later but not before he gave up five earned runs on as many hits. He walked two and struck out a pair on 99 pitches over those five innings.

The 23-year-old rookie right-handed pitcher has now given up multiple home runs in three of his past five starts and has allowed at least four earned runs in all five of those outings. He did not give up a home run in any of his first six MLB starts.

The game that started his slump: a 9-0 loss to the Dodgers in Los Angeles on July 21.

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