(Sports Network) - The albatross that was an eight-game losing streak has been
lifted by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
April showers did not provide May flowers for the Dodgers, who look to string
together back-to-back wins Sunday and post a series win over the Miami Marlins
in the finale of a three-game set.
The Dodgers ended the season-high skid with Saturday's 7-1 win over the
Marlins and rebounded from a 5-4 loss in the series opener. Dee Gordon
homered, Skip Schumaker drove in three runs and Andre Ethier came alive with a
4-for-4 effort and three runs scored.
"Those were four great at-bats, four great swings," Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis
said of Ethier, who has been making adjustments at the plate. "When he's
squaring the ball up and doing that, it's fun to watch. He's been grinding and
working so hard in the cage to get his swing right."
L.A. rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu pushed his record to 4-2 by holding the Marlins to a
run in 6 2/3 innings.
"He was really good tonight. He set the tone, putting up all those zeroes,"
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Ryu. "It's been a battle for us, but
it's win and hopefully this will start us in the right direction."
Mattingly could get another arm back soon, as starter Zack Greinke is eyeing a
return to the mound. Fully recovered from a broken collarbone suffered in a
scuffle against the San Diego Padres, Greinke threw his first rehab assignment
Friday at Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Whether his next start is in the bigs or
in the minors has yet to be confirmed.
"It won't be his decision," Mattingly noted on the team's website before
Saturday's game. "It's not so much that he's ready to pitch here, it's that
they're willing to take the risk of everything that could happen while he's
pitching here. I think we would all like it to be here. But I'd also like him
to be totally ready."
Los Angeles is 1-4 on a nine-game homestand and will welcome the Washington
Nationals to Chavez Ravine on Monday.
Chris Capuano gets the nod for the Dodgers Sunday and he has lost his last two
appearances, including a 9-2 setback versus Arizona on Monday. He was tagged
for six runs -- five earned -- in only four innings. Capuano has allowed 10
earned runs over his recent funk.
The left-hander, who is 0-2 with a 10.38 earned run average in four games (2
starts) this season, has faced the Marlins 15 times (14 starts) in his career,
going 5-5 with a 3.68 ERA.
Miami hopes to end its 10-game junket on a positive note and is 3-6 on the
journey. The Marlins, who posted the win in this series opener, fell back into
the loss column on Saturday when Kevin Slowey was saddled with defeat for
giving up 11 hits and five runs over 4 2/3 frames.
"Kevin was battling from the start. He tried to keep us in the game, but
nothing was easy for him tonight," noted Marlins manager Mike Redmond. "Other
than Miguel's home run, we were pretty quiet."
Miguel Olivo posted the club's only run with a leadoff homer in the top of the
seventh inning. Placido Polanco had a team-best two hits for the Marlins, who
will return to south Florida this evening for a nine-game residency versus
Cincinnati, Arizona and Philadelphia.
Hoping to pitch the Fish to their first road series win of the season Sunday
will be Tom Koehler. The righty has made only one major league start in his
career and has no record and a 3.18 ERA in six relief assignments in 2013. He
has pitched no more than three innings in a game this season and will take on
the Dodgers for the first time.
Miami has lost five of the six games Koehler has appeared in.
L.A. won four of six games against the Marlins a season ago.
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