Buehler strikes out 11 as Dodgers sweep Marlins, 9-0

Sun Jul 21 7:23pm ET
By DOUG PADILLA
Associated Press

Players: Neil Walker, Kenta Maeda, Miguel Rojas, A.J. Pollock, Max Muncy, Joc Pederson, Tayron Guerrero, Walker Buehler, Cody Bellinger

Los Angeles Dodgers' A.J. Pollock, left, drops his bat as he hits a three-run home run as Miami Marlins relief pitcher Tayron Guerrero watches during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


Los Angeles Dodgers' A.J. Pollock, second from right, is congratulated by Max Muncy, left, and Justin Turner, second from left, after hitting a three-run home run as Miami Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro, right, stands at the plate during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


Miami Marlins' Starlin Castro pours water on his face before batting during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


Los Angeles Dodgers' Max Muncy, second from left, hits a solo home run as Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto watches along with catcher Jorge Alfaro, second from right, and home plate umpire Mark Wegner during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


Los Angeles Dodgers' Max Muncy, right, drops his bat after hitting a solo home run as Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto watches during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


Los Angeles Dodgers' Max Muncy, left, gestures before scoring after hitting a solo home run as Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jordan Yamamoto stands on the mound during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


LOS ANGELES (AP) Walker Buehler struck out 11 over seven innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers hit a trio of home runs to complete a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 9-0 victory Sunday.

Max Muncy, Joc Pederson and A.J. Pollock went deep as the first-place Dodgers won for the sixth time in nine games since the All-Star break. Buehler recorded his third double-digit strikeout game this season.

Marlins rookie Jordan Yamamoto not only lost for the first time in seven major league starts, but the home runs by Muncy and Pederson were the first ones he's allowed in his career. Yamamoto (4-1) had the third-longest winning streak to begin a career in Marlins history.

One day after the Dodgers' bullpen blew a 6-0 lead before the offense rallied, Buehler (9-1) took the heat off the relievers by giving up just five hits and no walks.

The right-hander cruised after being staked to an early lead, although he already gave a glimpse of what kind of day it would be before the Dodgers even came to the plate for the first time. Buehler struck out the side in each of the first two innings.

In between, Muncy gave Los Angeles a 2-0 lead in the first on his 25th home run. Yamamoto had gone six starts without being taken deep, just the fourth pitcher in Marlins history to make at least six starts without giving up a homer.

Pederson tagged him just two innings later, giving the Dodgers a 4-0 lead with a shot into the Marlins' bullpen in right field. It was Pederson's 23rd of the season and second in two games. He has three home runs since participating in the Home Run Derby during All-Star festivities this month.

Yamamoto also gave up an RBI double to Kike Hernandez in the fourth as the Dodgers built their advantage to 5-0. The right-hander gave up five runs and four hits over four innings with two walks and four strikeouts.

There was no matching Buehler, whose strikeout pace did slow somewhat. He got his 10th strikeout in the seventh when Neil Walker was called out looking. It was the right-hander's first game of at least 10 strikeouts since he fanned 16 Colorado Rockies on June 21.

Pollock added an RBI single in the fifth and a three-run homer in the seventh off Tayron Guerrero. It was Pollock's sixth of the season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: SS Miguel Rojas was not in the lineup after leaving Saturday's game with a right shoulder strain. The injury is not a long-term issue, according to manager Don Mattingly.

Dodgers: All-Star OF Cody Bellinger was rested to give him an extended breather, including Monday's scheduled off day.

UP NEXT

Marlins: RHP Trevor Richards (3-11) opens a three-game series Monday at the Chicago White Sox. Richards has gone at least five innings in a career-best 12 consecutive games.

Dodgers: RHP Kenta Maeda (7-6) returns to the rotation Tuesday in the opener of a two-game home series against the Los Angeles Angels. Maeda made a one-inning relief appearance Friday.

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