Clayton Kershaw struck out the first seven batters he faced and matched a season high with 10 strikeouts in seven shutout innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Miami Marlins 9-1 on Wednesday night.
Kershaw (12-2) allowed two hits and retired the first 14 Miami batters before Harold Ramirez’s two-out single to right in the fifth. The three-time Cy Young Award winner left after 90 pitches.
Rookie Edwin Rios hit his first two major league homers. Justin Turner went 3 for 5 with a home run and Corey Seager homered and had three RBIs for the Dodgers, who have outscored Miami 34-2 in the last three games.
The Marlins didn’t put a ball in play until Lewis Brinson grounded out with one out in the third inning.
Rios’ second blast off Marlins starter Elieser Hernandez (2-5), a two-run shot that landed on the upper deck seats in right field, gave the Dodgers a 6-0 lead.
Max Muncy’s two-run double in the eighth increased Los Angeles’ advantage to 9-0.
The Dodgers wasted little time following up their six-homer performance Tuesday with home runs from Turner and Seager in the first.
Turner put Los Angeles ahead 1-0 with his shot over the wall in center. Seager hit a two-run blast that Cody Bellinger, who had reached on a bunt single as he took advantage of a Miami shift that left the third base area vacant.
Rios hit his first career homer in the fourth, a solo blast that gave the Dodgers a 4-0 lead.
Hernandez was lifted after six innings. The right-hander allowed six runs, eight hits, struck out seven and walked one.
Miami’s Curtis Granderson hit a pinch-hit homer off Yimi Garcia in the ninth.
Dodgers: IF-OF Kike Hernandez (hand) is expected to play in some rehab games over the weekend, manager Dave Roberts said.
Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (10-2, 3.08) had a strong start last time he faced Miami. Buehler shut out the Marlins through seven innings, allowed five hits and struck out 11 on July 21.
Marlins: LHP Caleb Smith (7-6, 3.71) will start the series finale Thursday.
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