Suddenly, the Los Angeles Dodgers are staring at the possibility of a three-game losing streak.
Facing Jacob Turner at Marlins Park may not help.
The Dodgers look to avoid their longest slide in over two months by dealing Turner his first home loss Tuesday night against the NL-worst Miami Marlins .
As recently as Saturday, Los Angeles (72-52) was riding the hottest stretch in baseball since the 1942 St. Louis Cardinals, winning 42 of 50 games to go from the NL West basement to first place.
The Dodgers, though, had their 10-game win streak snapped Sunday at Philadelphia before falling 6-2 on Monday in the opener of this four-game series.
They haven't dropped three straight since June 8-10, and will need to show improvement at the plate if they're going to avoid a similar fate.
Los Angeles was held to four hits in the first six innings by All-Star Jose Fernandez on Monday and went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position overall.
"We didn't play bad," manager Don Mattingly said. "We didn't make any errors. We didn't get a whole lot of hits. We just got beat. At some point you have to say you got beat."
Another challenge awaits as Mattingly's club faces Turner (3-4, 2.89 ERA) for the first time.
The 22-year-old right-hander is looking to continue his dominance at Marlins Park, where he's 4-0 with a 1.89 ERA over his last eight starts dating to last season. That's a stunning contrast to the road, where he's 0-7 with a 3.57 ERA in 12 career games.
Those problems continued Wednesday, when he walked a career-high six with no strikeouts while allowing two runs - one earned - in five innings before Miami rallied for a 5-2 win at Kansas City.
The Dodgers are scheduled to counter with Chris Capuano (4-6, 4.66), who's 2-0 with a 3.82 ERA over his last six starts - all Dodgers wins. However, he's been reached for 10 runs over 9 1-3 innings in his last two only to have his offense bail him out with 12 total runs.
In the four games prior to those outings, the veteran left-hander had a 1.90 ERA, and pitched into the seventh inning three times.
Capuano, who turned 35 Monday, should be happy to see the Marlins, a team he's beaten in each of the last two meetings while allowing one run with 17 strikeouts in 14 1-3 innings. He won 5-0 in his only visit to Marlins Park on Aug. 12, 2012.
Yasiel Puig is 0 for 9 in the past two games and 3 for 23 over his last five, dropping his average from .373 to .351.
Juan Uribe may be back in the lineup after getting half of the Dodgers' six hits Monday. The third baseman is 16 for 31 (.516) in his last 10 games, and owns a .517 average over his past 13 meetings with the Marlins.
Miami's Giancarlo Stanton has homered in two of the last three games, hitting the sculpture in center field Monday. He's gone deep in four straight games against the Dodgers, but is 2 for 14 with no homers versus Capuano.
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|August 04, 2013||Hanley Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Jammed right shoulder|
|August 03, 2013||Yasiel Puig||Day-to-Day||Left hand contusion|
|July 30, 2013||Brian Wilson||15-Day DL||Recovery from right elbow surgery|
|July 30, 2013||Brian Wilson||15-Day DL||Recovery from right elbow surgery|
|July 23, 2013||Jose Dominguez||15-Day DL||Left quad strain|
|July 22, 2013||Matt Kemp||15-Day DL||Sprained left ankle|
|August 19, 2013||Placido Polanco||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|July 26, 2013||Kevin Slowey||15-Day DL||Right forearm discomfort|
|July 23, 2013||Marcell Ozuna||60-Day DL||Torn left thumb ligament|
|June 25, 2013||Justin Ruggiano||Day-to-Day||Sore left shoulder|
|June 09, 2013||Casey Kotchman||60-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|June 09, 2013||Chris Coghlan||15-Day DL||Right calf irritation|
MIAMI (AP) -- With his first swing of the night, Yasiel Puig snapped a slump and silenced speculation he's in the doghouse.
The rookie sensation came off the bench to hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning and help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Miami Marlins 6-4 on Tuesday night.
Puig was held out of the starting lineup after going hitless in his past 11 at-bats. He also drew a fine when he arrived late for pregame drills, raising more questions about the 22-year-old Cuban's maturity and comportment.
He entered the game in the sixth inning in a double switch, batted for the first time leading off the eighth and needed only one pitch to break a 4-all tie. Puig pulled a ball that landed on top of the wall before bouncing over for his 12th home run since breaking into the majors June 3.
"I'd like to have a guy like that coming off the bench," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said with a wry smile.
Puig pointed to the sky with both hands as he crossed the plate and received a jubilant greeting in the dugout, where teammate Hanley Ramirez jumped on him for a piggyback ride.
"We're always expecting something great," Dodgers pitcher Chris Capuano said. "He's just got so much ability. He got a pitch and drove it, and what a spot to do it in. He doesn't seem like he feels too much pressure out there."
Manager Don Mattingly said Puig was animated as usual in dugout in the early innings, and didn't sulk about not starting.
"He's not a problem," Mattingly said with a chuckle. "Just a lot of stuff happens. He's not a guy I think about that much and worry about."
The Dodgers broke a two-game losing streak, their longest in two months. They won despite blowing a 4-1 lead and hitting into four double plays.
"It was kind of a weird one," Mattingly said.
Miami also had plenty of baserunners but went 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position. Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria committed two errors, and each led to an unearned run.
Marlins starter Jacob Turner walked the pitcher with two out in the fourth, and the Dodgers went on to score four runs in the inning. Turner allowed 10 hits and five walks in five innings and remained winless in his past seven starts.
"We aren't a team that can make a lot of mistakes and still win ballgames," Redmond said. "Our margin for error is very tiny. Against a great team we've got to play a great ballgame, and we made a couple mistakes, and they took advantage."
Chris Withrow (2-0), the fourth of seven Los Angeles pitchers, threw 1 1-3 scoreless innings. Capuano allowed three runs in five innings, and Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save in 23 chances.
Puig, a favorite with Miami's Cuban community, drew a big ovation when he stepped to the plate for the first time.
"I wasn't in the lineup early," he said, "but it felt really good once I was in the game that I got a lot of support from the fans."
His homer came on a low slider from Dan Jennings (2-4). Puig sprinted out of the batter's box, unsure whether the drive would clear the fence.
"Like always, I'm just trying to put a good swing on the ball and hit it as hard as I can," Puig said. "I knew I hit it hard, but you never know if it's going to be a home run."
Los Angeles totaled 16 hits, including at least one in every inning. Adrian Gonzalez had three hits and drove in a run. Juan Uribe added two singles and is 10 for 17 on the Dodgers' trip.
Amid all the hitting, a base on balls was especially costly to Miami.
The Dodgers trailed 1-0 and had a runner at third with two out when Tim Federowicz was intentionally walked. Turner then walked Capuano on a 3-1 pitch, and the Dodgers took advantage of the lapse.
Carl Crawford 's RBI infield single made it 1-all. Mark Ellis followed with another RBI infield single, and when Hechavarria made an errant throw to first, another run scored. Gonzalez singled home another run for a 4-1 lead.
NOTES: Since July 23, when LF Christian Yelich joined the Marlins, he and Puig are tied for the most hits by a major league rookie. ... The Dodgers hit into four double plays for the fourth time this year. ... Attendance was 25,690, giving the Marlins their largest back-to-back crowds this year.
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