Marlins End Dodgers' 9-Game Streak With Alfaro Homer in 8th
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jorge Alfaro hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, and the Miami Marlins ended the Los Angeles Dodgers' nine-game winning streak with a 5-4 victory on Monday night.
Alfaro drove a slider from Dodgers reliever Victor González (3-1) to center field for his third homer of the season.
All-Stars Mookie Betts and Max Muncy and 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger were not in the Dodgers' starting lineup, but all three pinch-hit in the eighth, when LA scored twice to tie it 4-4.
Miami reliever Zach Pop allowed Albert Pujols' leadoff single and then walked Will Smith and Muncy. David Hess (1-0) walked Gavin Lux to force in a run and allowed Bellinger's game-tying sacrifice fly. In his Marlins debut, Hess kept it tied, walking Betts before he retired Chris Taylor on a flyball to right and struck out A.J. Pollock.
Anthony Bender pitched a scoreless ninth for his first major league save.
The Marlins erased a 2-0 deficit with a three-run third on RBI singles by Garrett Cooper and Miguel Rojas. Cooper scored on second baseman Zach McGinstry's throwing error.
Jazz Chisholm made it 4-2 with a single in the fourth.
Dodgers starter Walker Buehler led off the third with a double off Trevor Rogers and scored on Chris Taylor's double. Justin Turner's single drove in Taylor.
Rogers was lifted after five innings. In his first start since being named an All-Star, he allowed two runs on six hits and struck out eight.
Buehler allowed four runs on five hits and struck out six in five innings. The right-hander walked two and hit a batter.
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