Clayton Kershaw pitched into the seventh inning and won his third straight start, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday night at Marlins Park. Hanley Ramirez, traded from Miami to the Dodgers on July 25, had three hits in his return.
Ramirez was 3-for-5 with two runs batted in, including the go-ahead single in the four-run sixth inning. Ramirez has at least one hit and has scored at least once in all six road games since coming over to the Dodgers.
Juan Rivera also homered in the sixth inning, his sixth home run of the season, helping send Mark Buehrle (9-11) to the loss. The Marlins have lost each of Buehrle's last five starts.
The offense backed Kershaw, (10-6) who struck out seven in the win. He walked one batter, and that didn't come until the seventh inning. Justin Ruggiano got him for a solo home run in the first, but Kershaw responded by retiring the next 14 batters he faced.
Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 23rd save of the season.
Joe Blanton makes his second start as a Dodger on Saturday night, facing Ricky Nolasco for Miami.
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