Freddie Freeman drove in the go-ahead run with a grounder in the top of the 10th inning, Chris Martin escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Monday night.
Trea Turner had his 1,000th career hit with an infield single against reliever Huascar Brazoban (0-1) to begin the Dodgers 10th, advancing automatic runner Cody Bellinger to third.
Freeman hit a grounder to first baseman Charles Leblanc, who got a forceout at second as Bellinger scored. Freeman had two earlier hits and leads the majors with 163.
Jon Berti walked to lead off the bottom half against reliever Craig Kimbrel (4-5) and Brian Anderson reached on a fielder’s choice, advancing automatic runner Joey Wendle to third. Kimbrel then walked JJ Bleday.
Martin relieved Kimbrel and struck out Garrett Cooper and retired Jacob Stallings on a popout to first for his first save.
The Dodgers, with the best record in the majors, took three of four in the series.
The game had been tied since the fifth, when Lewin Diaz hit an RBI single for Miami to make it 2-2.
The NL-West leading Dodgers jumped ahead in the third after Will Smith hit a two-run shot over the center field for his 19th home run of the season. Smith, the Dodgers’ All-Star catcher, was named to Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, which will be played in spring 2023. He is joining teammate Mookie Betts, who announced last week that he’ll be on the team.
Joey Wendle hit a leadoff double in the Miami first and later scored on Brian Anderson’s groundout to give the Marlins a 1-0 lead.
Earlier in the day, the Dodgers placed All-Star pitcher Tony Gonsolin on the injured list because of a strained right forearm. Gonsolin has an NL-best 2.10 ERA and is tied with Houston’s Justin Verlander and Atlanta’s Kyle Wright for the most wins in the majors at 16.
Michael Grove was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City and started in Gonsolin’s place. The right-hander allowed five hits, two runs, walked one and struck out four in 4 2/3 innings.
Diaz and Wendle had two hits for the Marlins, who were 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position.
Betts, a six-time All-Star who homered in the first three games of the series, didn’t start but came in as a defensive replacement in the 10th.
Marlins starter Pablo López was lifted after six innings. He allowed two runs, five hits, walked three and struck out six.
The Los Angeles Dodgers put All-Star pitcher Tony Gonsolin on the injured list Monday because of a strained right forearm, making the move as a precaution hours before his scheduled start against the Miami Marlins.
Pitching more than he ever has in his career, Gonsolin is tied for the big league lead with 16 victories. His injury is the latest for a rotation that’s helped the Dodgers post the best record in the majors.
“It just felt kind of tight coming out of the last outing,” Gonsolin said. “I’ve dealt with a little bit of tightness early this year. Thought it was going to go away a couple of days and it lingered this time so we are going to push back.”
After splitting time between starting and relief his first three seasons, the 28-year-old Gonsolin (16-1) has emerged as one of the top pitchers in the major leagues. The right-hander leads the NL with a 2.10 ERA and is tied with Houston’s Justin Verlander and Atlanta’s Kyle Wright for the most wins in the majors.
With injuries to three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler, Gonsolin ascended in the Dodgers’ rotation and earned his first All-Star selection.
But Gonsolin’s workload also has increased, unlike his previous three seasons with the club. Gonsolin already has thrown 128 1/3 innings this season after a previous a major league high of 55 2/3 in 2021.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said this is new territory for Gonsolin.
“One part of it is, you do lose a little bit of momentum of the season that you’re having. But I think the most important part is you have to do everything we can to keep him healthy,” he said.
Gonsolin doesn’t expect to miss beyond the two starts during his IL stint. He said that an MRI wasn’t required after other tests revealed no structural damage.
“Every ligament test came out negative,” Gonsolin said. “Everything is feeling really good other than a little bit of tightness when I throw.”
BERTI’S LEAPING CATCH
Berti halted the Dodgers’ scoring threat in the first with a leaping catch at third base to rob Justin Turner of a base hit and keep the game scoreless.
Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (lower back soreness) threw a bullpen session on Monday and continues to improve toward a possible return later this week.
Marlins: INF Jazz Chisholm Jr. (right lower back strain) is completing core and lifting programs at the team’s spring training complex in Jupiter, but has not started baseball activities.
Dodgers: LHP Andrew Heaney (2-1, 1.94) will start the opener of a three-game series at the NL East-leading New York Mets on Tuesday night. The Mets will start RHP Tajuan Walker (10-3, 3.38).
Marlins: LHP Jesús Luzardo (3-5, 3.34) will start the opener of a two-game series against Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays will start LHP Shane McClanahan (11-5,2.20)