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Dodgers 6, Marlins 0

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MIAMI -- Clayton Kershaw enhanced his Cy Young Award credentials with eight more scoreless innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers scored five runs with two outs en route to beating the Miami Marlins 6-0 Thursday afternoon at Marlins Park.

Los Angeles took the four-game series 3-1, and the Dodgers have now won 45 of their past 55 games. They have either won or tied 18 straight series.

Kershaw (13-7) allowed five hits and three walks, striking out six. For the season, he leads the National League in ERA (1.72) and strikeouts (188), among other categories. His scoreless streak is at 16 innings.

The Marlins got the leadoff batter on five times against Kershaw, but the Dodgers' defense turned three double plays to keep their ace out of trouble.

Kershaw was also supported by an offense that produced five doubles.

In the ninth, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly turned to former Giants closer Brian Wilson, who made his debut in a Los Angeles uniform. The first batter he faced was Giancarlo Stanton, and Wilson struck him out looking en route to a scoreless inning in which he allowed one hit and struck out two. Wilson's fastball was timed at 94 mph in his Dodgers debut.

The Dodgers opened the scoring with three runs in the fourth. Yasiel Puig led off the inning with a double to center field - the ball missed going over the fence, which is 418 feet from home plate, by a couple of inches.

Puig, who was dehydrated and needed an IV after Wednesday's game, was back to full strength Thursday.

With two outs, Skip Schumaker was hit by a pitch and Juan Uribe walked to load the bases. Kershaw then hit a run-scoring single to left, and Carl Crawford smacked a two-run double to right.

The Dodgers padded their lead with a pair of two-out doubles by Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis, who got the RBI. Schumaker then hit a run-scoring single to center, giving L.A. a 5-0 lead.

In the seventh, the Dodgers padded their advantage when Adrian Gonzalez led off with a double, advanced on Jeff Mathis' passed ball and scored on Puig's sacrifice fly.

NOTES: Puig hit cleanup in place of SS Hanley Ramirez, who was given the day off. Nick Punto started at shortstop. ... The homer hit by Stanton on Wednesday had a 110 mph exit speed off his bat. ... Zack Greinke, who beat the Marlins on Wednesday, has a 1.41 ERA since July 8, which leads the majors during that span, and the Dodgers have won 11 of his past 12 starts. ... Marlins SS Adeiny Hechavarria has fallen into a bit of a fielding slump this month. He has 13 errors this season, including six in August. ... Next up for the Marlins is a three-game series against the visiting Rockies. ... The Dodgers will return home to play host to the Red Sox for three games.
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