In a game that will be remembered for a small fire at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers offense had another forgettable performance Saturday night in a lackluster 6-1 loss to the Marlins. The Dodgers lost for the 17th time in their last 26 games, and continued their offensive woes. The club is averaging 2.72 runs per game in May.
The Marlins needed a bullpen game with ace Josh Johnson on the disabled list, and five relief pitchers shut the Dodgers down, allowing one run on six hits. Brian Sanches got the start, his first major league start after 166 relief appearances, and allowed one run in three innings. Edward Mujica followed with two scoreless innings to pick up the win, his fifth of the season.
Hiroki Kuroda struggled for the second straight start, allowing five runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. But the night will be remembered for a small fire that broke out during the top of the fifth inning which forced the evacuation of several fans on the top two levels at Dodger Stadium. Rafael Furcal, who was 1-for-22 since returning from the disabled list, was 2-for-4 for the Dodgers tonight.
The announced home crowd was 29,971, the lowest Saturday figure at Dodger Stadium in 19 seasons. The Dodgers are 9-16 this month. Clayton Kershaw faces Ricky Nolasco in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.
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