LA Dodger bats held in check by Miami Marlins’ Jose Urena

first_img“He didn’t leave anything over the middle of the plate,” Reddick said. “His changeup was good, similar to his fastball. … It was just his day.”Monday is actually Urena’s day – his birthday. But he finished strong as a 24-year-old.The Dodgers hit just one ball out of the infield in the first three innings against Urena and struck out three times before Joc Pederson’s single up the middle ended the right-hander’s perfect string. They had two more hits in the seventh inning before a double play ended that modest threat.Urena retired the Dodgers on 15 pitches or fewer in each of the first seven innings and went into the ninth having thrown just 95 in all. He didn’t walk a batter but struck out only four.“I think today we wanted to be aggressive offensively,” Roberts said. “Bill Miller’s a very good umpire. He has traditionally a little bigger zone. So I think for us, with a guy that’s got some wipeout stuff, you want to get a pitch you can handle.“I thought we got pitches we could hit and took good swings on them but they just didn’t fall.”Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda was almost as good the first time through the Marlins’ lineup. Maeda gave up a leadoff single to Dee Gordon, erased him when Ichiro Suzuki bounced a double-play grounder back to the mound and didn’t give up another hit until the fourth inning.Things went downhill from there. Maeda gave up consecutive singles to Suzuki, Martin Prado and Christian Yelich to produce one run. Another scored on Justin Bour’ sacrifice fly.The Marlins added another unearned run in the sixth inning. The Dodgers came into the game tied for the fewest errors allowed in the majors this season but kicked Yelich’s single to right field around for two errors (one by Reddick and another on a throw by shortstop Corey Seager), allowing a run to score.“I thought he pitched well enough to win,” Roberts said of Maeda.At a point in the season when the more taxing major-league schedule should be taking its toll on Maeda in his first season since coming over from Japan, he is 6-2 with a 3.35 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and .228 opponents’ batting average in his past nine starts, the lone constant in the Dodgers’ rotation during that time.“I feel good,” said Maeda (who leads the Dodgers in starts made and innings pitched) through his interpreter. “I don’t know if you’re going to believe me when I say this. But I do feel much better now than I did in April.” MIAMI >> The Dodgers were on the wrong side of history for a while again Sunday.One day after Dave Roberts ended Rich Hill’s perfect-game bid by pulling him after seven innings, Miami Marlins right-hander Jose Urena retired the first 14 Dodgers batters in order before losing his modest attempt with two outs in the fifth inning. The Dodgers never did solve Urena, losing 3-0 at Marlins Park.The loss was the sixth in seven games for the Dodgers against the Marlins and their former manager, Don Mattingly, this season.“Urena was good. Urena was really good,” Roberts said. “He pitched well with velocity, moved the ball around. He was really throwing his slider with depth, which he hadn’t been doing. He’s got a big arm. We just couldn’t get to him. “Guys came in with energy ready to win a series. You’ve got to give Urena credit. The kid threw the ball well. So it doesn’t matter how well we’re swinging or what happened yesterday. He threw the ball well. He did his job.”Urena has rarely thrown the ball that well in his two big-league seasons — and never at Marlins Park, where he was 1-7 with a 4.92 ERA before Sunday. He had pitched into the seventh inning just once before in the big leagues, going 6 2/3 against the Colorado Rockies last season.But he was one out away from his first complete game and shutout when Josh Reddick’s single prompted Mattingly to go to the bullpen for the final out. It was the last of the Dodgers’ four hits in the game.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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