Dodgers complete sweep of Marlins, cap off 6-0 homestand

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The Dodgers kept their winning ways rolling with a 3-1 victory over the Marlins to complete their second straight three-game sweep.

Gavin Stone allowed six hits over seven innings and Teoscar Hernandez homered, lifting the Dodgers to a 3-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.

The victory was the Dodgers’ seven win in a row and completed a 6-0 homestand. The first-place Dodgers improved their NL West lead to 6 1/2 games over the San Diego Padres.

Stone has allowed two runs or fewer in his last five starts. The right-hander pitched seven innings for the second time this season as held two Marlins to get into scoring position.

Hernandez hit his third homer over the last four games and he drove in all three Dodger runs

The Dodgers have won 14 of its last 16 game. They will head to San Diego next as to take on the Padres in a three-game set.

Here are three takeaways:

Dodgers starters keep cruising

Throughout the Dodgers’ homestand, they succeeded thanks to some dominant starting pitching. They allowed 12 runs during the six games.

Stone (3-1) allowed one run via Bryan De La Cruz’s second home run of the series and struck out four. He threw 63 strikes in 89 pitches.

After starting his season 0-1 with an ERA of 9.00, Stone has flipped the script. In the month since, he has delivered five appearances in a row two runs or less, dropping his ERA to 3.55.

His performance Wednesday made him the fifth Dodgers starter throughout the homestand to pitch at least six innings. The starters combined for a 2.33 ERA with 31 strikeouts and have been a crucial part of the team’s recent surge.

Hernandez shows off again

Aside from Shohei Ohtani, no Dodger has more home runs than Hernandez. The 31-year-old outfielder, who Los Angeles signed this offseason, ranks 25th in the majors in slugging percentage (.510).

He opened Los Angeles’ scoring in the first inning with an RBI single that scored Freddie Freeman. In the bottom of the sixth, he delivered his 10th home run — a two-run shot — and broke a 1-1 tie.

Hernandez finished 2 for 3, raising his average to .265 and his 29 RBIs leads the team. He finished the series with two home runs and has three across his last four games.

He is on pace to break his career high (32) for homers in a season.

Bullpen flawless in series

Just as the Dodgers’ starting pitching has been on point, the bullpen also was brilliant in the series. They combined for eight innings and did not allow an earned run.

Five of those innings came Monday night, when starter Walker Buehler pitched four innings. Through the eight innings, two hits were allowed showing the dominance of the entire pitching staff.

The team ERA fell to 3.25, which is the fourth-lowest in baseball and the best in the National League. Their pitching was so effective Wednesday afternoon that the game was over in one hour, 55 minutes.

It was the shortest nine-inning game for Los Angeles since May 4, 2003. That was a game in which manager Dave Roberts was hitting leadoff and playing center field for the Dodgers.

The Dodgers get Thursday off before opening a three-game series in San Diego at 6:40 p.m. Friday night. The Padres, who have won six out of their last eight games, will start right-hander Michael King (3-3, 4.29 ERA) against Dodgers right-hander Tyler Glasnow (6-1, 2.70 ERA).