Florida has won six of eight to move within a game of Philadelphia in the wild card standings. The key to the Marlins’ success on the 13-game homestand has been its dominant pitching.
Florida has won eight of the 13 games, allowing just a total of eight runs in those victories. The Marlins got another strong effort on Sunday in a 7-1 win over the Dodgers.
Jason Vargas pitched a six-hitter for his first major league complete game.
“I was hoping the kid would get the shutout, but I’m glad he finished,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. “Now he knows he can go out there and complete a game.”
Florida will send ace Dontrelle Willis to the mound to close out the homestand. He is 3-2 in his last five starts, but has given up just two earned runs in 37 innings.
While the Marlins are battling for the wild card, the Dodgers are trying to remain in the hunt for the NL West title.
Despite being 11 games under .500, the Dodgers are just five games behind first-place San Diego.
“He went out to try to throw, and it wasn’t very good,” manager Jim Tracy said Friday.