Los Angeles (56-67) at Miami (65-58)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Miami Gardens, FL
Temp: 72° F
  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Mon Aug 22, 2005
  • TV: FSN2, FSFL
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The Florida Marlins hope to finish off their longest homestand of the season with another victory as they complete a four-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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.

Los Angeles recalled right-hander Edwin Jackson from Double-A Jacksonville to start in place of injured pitcher Odalis Perez. The left-hander has strained muscle on his right side.

“He went out to try to throw, and it wasn’t very good,” manager Jim Tracy said Friday.

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Starting Pitchers

E. Jackson Atl vs. D. Willis Mil
2-2 Record 22-10
6.28 ERA 2.63
13 K 170
17 BB 55
1.67 WHIP 1.13