Yamamoto, Muncy stay hot, lift Dodgers past Marlins

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The red-hot Dodgers won their 13th of the last 15 behind some more solid pitching and slugging for an 8-2 victory over the Marlins.

LOS ANGELES – Yoshinobu Yamamoto’s deepest start of the season and Max Muncy’s grand slam did the heavy lifting in a sixth consecutive Dodgers victory and an 8-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

The right-hander has won his last three starts as he has shaped into elite form. It took him 97 pitches to operate through eight innings of work while allowing five hits.

The Los Angeles lineup, which has been relying heavily on home runs recently, kept the trend going. Muncy and Gavin Lux each hit homers, giving the Dodgers 14 in their last four games. The team has scored five or more runs in each of their last four games and will try for their second consecutive sweep in the series finale Wednesday.

Here are three takeaways:

Yamamoto stays hot

Heading into Tuesday night, Yamamoto had tallied a 1.64 ERA over his last six starts, including 40 strikeouts and seven walks. The 25-year-old went straight to work against the Marlins and came out of the gates at a historic pace.

He started the game with 19 consecutive strikes, a feat no Dodgers pitcher had accomplished since pitch-tracking data began in 2000.

Jazz Chisolm did, however, scored the first run in the first inning on a leadoff home run. Yamamoto didn’t allow another run until the sixth, when Byran De La Cruz hit Miami’s a solo homer.

Yamamoto (4-1) recorded his first major-league start longer than six innings. He is tied with James Paxton for the second most victories on the team.

Muncy propels Dodgers

After tallying his first three-homer game against the Atlanta Braves on May 4, Muncy came out of the gates with a big moment Tuesday night. Hitting in the fifth spot, Muncy smacked a changeup from Marlin’s starter Edward Cabrera over the left-field wall, helping Los Angeles take a 4-1 lead.

It was the ninth homer for Muncy, whose four RBIs gave him 26 for the season. He’s now in a three-way tie for second place on the Dodgers’ RBI list, one behind the team lead held by Mookie Betts and Shohei Ohtani.

He would finish the day 2 for 4 as his recent power surge has increased his batting average to .265. Muncy was the only Dodger in the lineup Tuesday to record multiple hits.

Lux breaks through

Dodgers second baseman Gavin Lux, who missed all of last season, launched his first home run since 2022. Los Angeles scored six of its eight runs via home runs.

It was a much-needed moment for Lux, who has been struggling with a .191 batting average — a step down from his .276 mark in 2022. He has hit .290 across his last seven games as he shows signs of climbing out of his slump.

The Dodgers and Marlins will complete their three-game series at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday as Los Angeles aims for a perfect 6-0 homestand. The Dodgers will send right-hander Gavin Stone (2-1, 4.06 ERA) to face Miami left-hander Ryan Weathers (2-3, 4.54).