Los Angeles has lost five straight after loss to Marlins
MIAMI (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position against Wei-Yin Chen and four relievers and were beaten by a last-place team for the fifth straight game, losing to the Miami Marlins 4-2 Tuesday night.
Los Angeles managed only five hits after being swept in a four-game series at home by woeful Cincinnati.
Chen, who came into the game with an ERA of 10.22, allowed no runs but departed after 4 1/3 innings and 83 pitches. Nick Wittgren (2-0) replaced him and worked 1 2/3 perfect innings to lower his ERA to 0.69.
Brad Ziegler gave up a home run to Cody Bellinger in the ninth but earned his sixth save.
Dodgers infielders Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe were activated before the game from the disabled list but couldn’t spark the defending NL champions, who have scored 11 runs during their skid. Turner lined out with runners at second and third to end the fifth.
The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig hit his second homer of the season, and his second in two games.
Alex Wood (0-4) lost despite allowing only one earned run in six innings for the Dodgers (16-25), who are off to their worst start in 60 years. Miami (15-26) could pass them by sweeping the three-game series.
The Marlins scored an unearned run in the first inning. Forsythe made a wild throw trying to turn a double play that would have ended the inning, which allowed Martin Prado scored from second base.
Miguel Rojas hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and J.T. Realmuto and Brian Anderson had two-out RBI hits in the seventh. Realmuto has at least one hit in all 20 career games against the Dodgers.
3B Prado charged hard and snared Wood’s bunt popup with a diving catch that sent him sliding across the first-base line.
With runners at second and third and one out in the second inning, Chen bounced into a bizarre 5-3 double play. Turner caught the grounder in front of third base and simultaneously tagged out Cameron Maybin, who was trying to get back to the bag. Turner then threw to first for the second out.
Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) is expected to play catch from 90 feet for the first time Wednesday, but he’s not expected to throw from a mound before next week at the earliest.
Marlins: SS Rojas (bruised left wrist) and RF Anderson (bruised finger) were back in the starting lineup after leaving Sunday’s game with injuries. … RHP Odrisamer Despaigne (right forearm strain) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Wednesday with Class A Jupiter.
Dodgers RHP Walker Buehler (2-1, 1.64) is scheduled to start Wednesday night against LHP Caleb Smith (2-4, 3.63).
By Steven Wine of the Associated Press