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Dodgers Blow Lead In 9th, Fall To Marlins 5-4

Jamey Carroll made an error with two outs in bottom of the ninth inning, allowing the tying run to score and extending the inning, an inning in which the Florida Marlins delivered a 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Omar Infante's line drive single to left field off Jonathan Broxton scored the winning run in a wild ninth inning at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. It was the first blown save of the season for Broxton.

Broxton retired the first two batters of the ninth inning with a 4-3 lead, then faced Emilio Bonifacio. Amazingly, manager Edwin Rodriguez didn't yet use his best hitter, Hanley Ramirez (currently in a 2-for-27 slump) to hit for Bonifacio, a career .255/.310/.320 hitter. Broxton, however, didn't accept the gift, walking Bonifacio, which led to Ramirez hitting anyway. Ramirez singled, which led to Scott Cousins hitting the fateful ground ball to Carroll at shortstop which could have ended the game.

The ball rolled under Carroll's glove, allowing the tying run to score, then Infante ended the game two batters later. Chris Coghlan hit two solo home runs for the Marlins off Jon Garland, who pitched seven strong innings for the Dodgers. The Dodgers rallied for two runs in the seventh and one more in the eighth, to take a 4-2 lead, a lead that didn't hold up.

Rookie Jerry Sands had three hits, including a double, for the Dodgers. Broxton has allowed 19 baserunners in 10 1/3 innings this season, with eight strikeouts. Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 22 games with a first-inning single. Ethier's streak is the longest in MLB this season. The Dodgers and Marlins play again Tuesday night, with Clayton Kershaw facing Chris Volstad.

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