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Dodgers Send Ely To Mound In Opener With Marlins

(Sports Network) - All-Star snub Dan Uggla and the Florida Marlins will continue their road trip tonight with the first of three straight games against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine.

Uggla could have easily made the NL roster for next week's All-Star Game in Anaheim, but was beat out by Atlanta Braves infielder Omar Infante. Uggla, who owns 16 homers and 49 RBI this season, took out his frustrations on the Braves in Sunday's 3-2 triumph at Turner Field by driving in all three runs and belting a solo home run in the fourth inning off Braves ace Tim Hudson.

"[Hudson] left a slider up and I happened to put a good swing on it to get it over the fence," Uggla said of his eventual game-winning blast.

Ricky Nolasco threw seven innings of two-run ball for his eighth win of the season and Leo Nunez struck out two in the ninth inning for his 17th save.

The Marlins were able to salvage the finale of the three-game series and won for just the third time in 10 tries. They will also visit Arizona for four games on the 10-game swing.

Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez will start in this upcoming All-Star Game, while starter Josh Johnson earned a spot on the NL roster.

Nate Robertson is scheduled to take the mound for Florida tonight and is just 1-3 with a 5.57 earned run average in his last eight games, seven of which have been starts. Robertson previously pitched in last Tuesday's 7-6 win over the New York Mets, but did not factor in the outcome and gave up four runs in six innings.

The left-hander, who is 5-6 in 16 games (15 starts) to go along with a 4.97 ERA, will face Los Angeles for the third time in his career. Robertson is 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA in the first two starts in this series.

Los Angeles will begin a seven-game homestand Monday and took two out of three matchups from the Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend. After dropping Friday's series opener by a 12-5 score in the desert, LA pounded the D'Backs by a 14-1 score on Saturday before a 3-1 triumph in yesterday's series finale.

Matt Kemp's two-run homer in the eighth inning put the Dodgers ahead for good and gave them their fifth win in six tries. Andre Ethier knocked in the other run and Hong-Chih Kuo picked up the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Jonathan Broxton struck out two batters in the ninth for his 17th save and starter Chad Billingsley tossed six innings of one-run ball for the no- decision to outduel Arizona ace Dan Haren.

"That was a good one to win" commented Dodger's skipper Joe Torre. "When you win a ballgame that Danny Haren is pitching, especially when he is throwing that kind of game, that's a big lift."

The Dodgers, who will host the Chicago Cubs for four games, will send rookie John Ely to the mound this evening. Ely is 4-5 with a 3.62 earned run average and ended a lengthy winless streak the last time out on Tuesday at San Francisco. In the 4-2 win over the Giants, Ely held them to a run and five hits over seven innings after going 0-4 in his previous six outings.

Ely, a right-hander, is 2-1 in six home starts and has never faced the Marlins in his career.

Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier was voted to start next week's All-Star Game and will be joined there by closer Jonathan Broxton.

Florida won two of three meetings with Los Angeles the last time these two teams got together from April 9-11 this season.