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Dodgers finish first half with a bang, 9-3

by Marquis McClure (writer), Los Angeles, July 09, 2007

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After stunning the Dodgers in the first two games of their weekend series, surely the Florida Marlins were thinking sweep. In their 14-year existence, sweeping the Dodgers in Los Angeles is something no Marlin team has ever done.

And after Sunday, they still haven't.

Mark Hendrickson pitched five strong innings and the offense gave him all the support he'd need in the first two as L.A. snagged their only win of the weekend over Florida, 9-3, on a picture-perfect Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.

The win, coupled with the Padres loss to the Atlanta Braves Sunday night, brings the Dodgers within a game of first place going into the All-Star break. The win also gives Big Blue a record of 49-40 which, surprisingly, is their best first half finish in recent memory.

The Dodgers' anemic offense got well quick Sunday, amassing nine runs on 16 hits, with eight of those runs coming in the first two innings. All-Star catcher Russell Martin started the offensive explosion with a two-run blast in the bottom half of the first inning. Juan Pierre, who got the game's first hit by legging out a drag bunt for a single, also scored on the play.

Outfielder Andre Ethier hit a three-run shot of his own in the bottom of the second, highlighting a five-run rally which saw the entire team bat around for the second time in as many innings. Ethier, who was not in the starting lineup, came in off the bench after starting right fielder Matt Kemp strained his hamstring in the first.

That gave Hendrickson all the support he'd need. Hendrickson, who generally receives just three runs of support per game, allowed two runs on just four hits while striking out six in five innings of play. Eric Stults and Chin-hui Tsao finished the game for Hendrickson, who picked up his third win of the year as well as a spot in the starting rotation.

After the game, Martin stressed how important this win was.

"You would rather finish with a win and have these next couple days to sit on that than with a loss," Martin told MLB.com. "They beat us in the series, but it's nice to win this game. It's important to finish on a positive note going into this break."

As for Martin, he, starting pitcher Brad Penny and closer Takashi Saito will play for the National League in Tuesday's All-Star Game in San Francisco. The rest of the club will join them Friday to play a three-game weekend series against their archrivals, the Giants.


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