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LOS ANGELES -- Five runs in the sixth inning sparked the Los Angeles Dodgers' 7-1 victory over the Miami Marlins before a crowd of 50,349 at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night.

Shortstop Hanley Ramirez's two-run double ignited the outburst as the Dodgers (22-19) handed the Marlins (20-20) their fifth straight defeat. The Dodgers can sweep the three-game series with a win Wednesday.

Dodgers starter Josh Beckett ended a string of 14 consecutive starts without a win. Beckett (1-1) allowed a run on four hits with six strikeouts and three walks in 6 1/3 innings against Miami and captured his first decision since Sept. 30, 2012, when he beat the Colorado Rockies.

Ramirez drove in second baseman Dee Gordon and right fielder Yasiel Puig with a double to left off Miami starter Jacob Turner in the sixth to jumpstart the Dodgers' offense. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez followed with an RBI double to right, scoring Ramirez for a 3-0 advantage.

Center fielder Matt Kemp's single to left scored Gonzalez and chased Turner. Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner added a sacrifice fly in the inning for a 5-0 Los Angeles lead.

Jacob Turner (0-1), who hasn't won in 16 starts, gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked one on 73 pitches (48 strikes).

Puig, who went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI, hit safely in a career-high 13 consecutive contests. He had an RBI double in the seventh. Drew Butera's run-scoring single in the eighth capped the scoring for Los Angeles.

Miami right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who had a 2-for-4 outing, extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a single in the first inning. Stanton also chased down Turner's line drive at the wall in the sixth to save a run.

The Marlins scored their lone run in the seventh when center fielder Marcell Ozuna's sacrifice fly to right scored first baseman Garrett Jones, who led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a passed ball by Butera.

NOTES: Miami RHP Anthony DeSclafani will make his major league debut against the Dodgers on Wednesday. He will replace injured RHP Jose Fernandez in the rotation, and he will face Dodgers LHP Paul Maholm (1-3, 4.71 ERA) in the series finale. ... Miami's 11-game road swing, which concludes with a four-game set beginning Thursday in San Francisco against the Giants, is the club's longest of the season. ... Los Angeles LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (left shoulder inflammation) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Tuesday. The Dodgers will evaluate Ryu on Wednesday and determine when he will make a rehab start. . ... 3B Juan Uribe probably will return to the starting lineup when the Dodgers begin a three-game series Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. ... Los Angeles C A.J. Ellis, out since early April after knee surgery, could return to the lineup either Wednesday against the Marlins or Friday against the Diamondbacks.

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