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Marlins 5, Dodgers 4

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LOS ANGELES -- Juan Pierre lined a single to left field in the seventh inning, scoring Rob Brantly from third and lifting the Miami Marlins to a 5-4 victory over the Dodgers on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

The win snapped the Marlins' three-game losing streak and extended the Dodgers' winless drought to eight games.

The Dodgers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning when Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer off Marlins starter Jose Fernandez.

Fernandez kept the Dodgers off the board for his remaining five innings of work but struggled along the way.

The Dodgers put the first two runners on base in the fifth, but Juan Uribe was picked off at second base to kill the momentum. Fernandez struck out Nick Punto and Gonzalez to end the threat.

The Marlins tied the score an inning earlier when Derek Dietrich, in his second major- league game, hit a three-run homer off Dodgers starter Matt Magill.

The Marlins pushed the deciding runs across in the seventh against reliever Ronald Balisario.

Brantly led off the inning with a single to right field and coasted to third when pinch-hitter Chris Coghlan doubled off the top of the center-field wall. The umpires reviewed the hit at the request of Marlins manager Mike Redmond, but the play stood.

Pierre followed with his run-scoring single. The Marlins added an insurance run when Coghlan scored on Adeiny Hechavarria's double-play grounder.

The run came in handy because the Dodgers scored in the eighth on an RBI single by A.J. Ellis.

NOTES: The Dodgers selected the contract of first baseman/outfielder Scott Van Slyke on Friday from Triple-A Albuquerque. Van Slyke was leading the Pacific Coast League with a .397 batting average. ... Gonzalez returned to the starting lineup after leaving Wednesday's game against Arizona with a strained neck. An MRI showed no damage, but the Dodgers didn't think the strain was severe enough to warrant a trip to the disabled list. ... Marlins infielder Chris Valaika had two pins inserted in his broken left wrist on Friday in Miami. He broke the wrist on Tuesday at San Diego. ... Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler will start Sunday in place of left-hander Wade LeBlanc, Redmond said.
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