Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

National League Roundup: Koehler Pitches Marlins Past Dodgers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

National League Roundup: Koehler Pitches Marlins Past Dodgers

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Koehler pitches Miami past Dodgers

Tom Koehler had a surprisingly good performance Friday, outpitching Josh Beckett as the Marlins extended their home winning streak to seven games by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3.

"It's a big team win," Koehler said. "It's good to keep the momentum on our side while we're playing at home."

Koehler (3-2) allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings. The righthander began the year with a career record of 5-11, made the rotation as a fifth starter and now has an ERA of 2.41.

"He pitched excellent," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He was up in the zone a few times and got behind a few hitters, but he seemed to bounce back and did a great job."

Beckett (0-1) struck out eight but gave up four runs in 6 2/3 innings. He fell to 0-6 in his past 13 starts and remained winless since the end of the 2012 season.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered on his 29th birthday for Miami. Garrett Jones had three doubles, scored and drove in a run. Giancarlo Stanton, who leads the NL with 32 RBIs, drove in a run with a two-out infield single.

The Marlins climbed above .500. Their 13-4 home record is the best in the majors, while their 2-10 road mark is the worst. They've outscored opponents 29-10 in the first four games of this homestand.

NL ROUNDUP

Brewers 2, Reds 0

Wily Peralta doubled home two runs the first RBIs of his career and escaped trouble during his eight innings Friday night, leading Milwaukee to a win in Cincinnati.

The NL Central leaders improved the best record in the majors to 21-9 and opened a 7-game lead over the Reds.

Peralta (4-1) made his fifth quality start of the season, holding the Reds to three hits and a pair of walks while throwing 110 pitches.

Nationals 5, Phillies 3

Adam LaRoche's tiebreaking single in the eighth helped Washington rally from an early deficit to top host Philadelphia.

Cliff Lee outpitched Stephen Strasburg, but the Phillies' bullpen struggled again. Mike Adams (1-1) and Jake Diekman allowed three runs and five hits in an inning.

Benches and bullpens emptied in the fifth after Denard Span exchanged words with Lee. …

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