Dodgers 11, Marlins 6
Hee-Seop Choi went 3-for-3 with two RBIs against his former team, and Los Angeles came from behind twice to win 11-6 Saturday night.
Dioner Navarro drove in two runs with his first career double in the second to end the Marlins’ streak of 28 consecutive scoreless innings pitched. Choi scored three times and started a decisive rally in the seventh inning.
Brian Moehler, bidding for Florida’s fourth shutout in a row, lasted only two-plus innings and gave up four runs. After allowing a total of seven runs in the previous seven games, the Marlins blew leads of 3-0 and 6-5.
“We’ve been pitching extremely well. We can’t expect to throw a shutout every night,” said Florida’s Carlos Delgado, who drove in two runs and hit his 24th homer. “They hit more than us.”
Following the Dodgers’ victory, their clubhouse was closed for 25 minutes while center fielder Milton Bradley met with manager Jim Tracy. Bradley said he requested the meeting, apparently to discuss a problem with a teammate.
“I want people to say Milton Bradley was a pretty good ballplayer and a pretty good person,” Bradley said. “Anybody who is going to stand between me getting there, then they need to be eliminated.”
Tracy declined to discuss the meeting with Bradley, other than to say “it has nothing to do with anything he did, right or wrong.”
Choi had a single, double and triple, and was hit by a pitch from Ron Villone (0-2) to start the Dodgers’ final comeback in the seventh. Bradley then singled.
“Sometimes good hitters make good pitches look bad,” Villone said. “That’s what he did. It opened the floodgates.”
Jeff Kent doubled off Antonio Alfonseca to drive in the tying run. After an intentional walk, Jayson Werth walked to force in a run. Jose Valentin’s RBI infield single capped the three-run rally and put the Dodgers ahead 8-6.
“We did a good job of coming back against a very good ballclub,” Tracy said.
Much of the crowd of 34,613 had already departed when Los Angeles’ Ricky Ledee hit a two-run homer in the ninth, his seventh.
“We just couldn’t hold them,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. “The guys in the bullpen probably got a little rusty watching those other guys throw shutouts.”
Kent scored three times and Werth drove in two runs.
Elmer Dessens (1-1), the second of six Los Angeles pitchers, worked 1 2-3 scoreless innings. With the bases loaded, Duaner Sanchez got Miguel Cabrera to ground into a game-ending double play for his third save.
Cabrera hit a three-run homer off former teammate Brad Penny, making his first start in Miami since being traded to Los Angeles on July 31, 2004. Penny pitched five innings and gave up six earned runs, matching a season high.
“I was just wild,” Penny said. “Everything was middle of the plate. It happens. But my teammates supported me. They came through today.”
First baseman Delgado was shaken up when he slammed into the wall catching a foul popup, but he stayed in the game.
“I just kind of banged my knees a little bit,” he said. “No big deal.”
In the bottom half of the inning, Delgado hit a two-out RBI double to make the score 4-all, and he later put Florida ahead 6-5 with a homer. But Delgado grounded out with two on against Giovanni Carrara to end the seventh, allowing the Dodgers to preserve a two-run lead.
Choi tripled home a run to chase Moehler in the third, then doubled in the fifth and came home on Ledee’s sacrifice fly. Needing a homer for the cycle, Choi settled for a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
“I miss home run,” the South Korean said with a smile. “Home run not easy.”
Marlins OF Juan Encarnacion left in the third inning with a sore left wrist. He said he might play Sunday. … Penny gave up two homers after allowing only nine previously this season. Delgado’s homer was just the second by a left-handed hitter off Penny this year. … The Marlins retired Bradley 3-4-1 when a grounder deflected off Delgado’s glove to 2B Damion Easley, who threw to RHP Ismael Valdez covering first. … Valdez allowed one run in four innings of relief, matching a season high for the Marlins’ bullpen.