The Dodgers took care of the Marlins on Sunday in a convincing 10-3 victory, securing the series sweep and maintaining an 18-game lead over the second-place Padres in the NL West.
Righty starter Ryan Pepiot was solid for Los Angeles in picking up his second career win, throwing six full innings while surrendering two earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven.
One of the big stories of the day was how hard the Dodgers hammered one of the league’s Cy Young frontrunners, Sandy Alcantara. The righty allowed six earned runs on 10 hits and a walk, bumping his season ERA back to over 2.00 and making a case for Tony Gonsolin in a CYA bid of his own.
Regardless, catcher Will Smith delivered some timely hitting for the Dodgers and continues to produce in the cleanup hole. Smith went 3-for-5 with three RBI, including a base hit to center in the bottom of the first that scored Mookie Betts, giving the Dodgers a lead that they would never relinquish.
Muncy delivered two big hits and continues to build his average up towards the Mendoza Line. His single to right in the third inning scored Trea Turner, and his solo home run to center in the seventh — his 16th of the year — stretched the Los Angeles lead to five.
Cody Bellinger also homered for Los Angeles in the second inning, plating Gallo and bumping the Dodgers’ lead to three.
First baseman Lewin Diaz was the only player to have a multi-hit game for the Marlins and do any real damage, notching a double and a two-run homer, both off Pepiot.
The Los Angeles bullpen was decent. Alex Vesia survived a single and a walk to throw a scoreless seventh. David Price pitched the eighth and allowed a solo shot to JJ Bledlay, but it caused minimal damage, as the Dodgers were already comfortably in front, 7-2.
Pitching in somewhat of an unfamiliar role, Craig Kimbrel finished the game off for the Dodgers with a perfect ninth inning, maintaining the seven-run lead his team provided for him.
The Dodgers continue their homestand with a rematch against the Brewers in a three-game series beginning Monday. Tentatively lining up to start for Los Angeles is the trio of Julio Urias, Gonsolin and Andrew Heaney.
Tuesday night’s matchup is a nationally televised game on ESPN.