The Miami Marlins won their fourth consecutive game on Friday with a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The win was also the seventh in a row at home for the Marlins as they continue to lead Major League Baseball in home wins with 13 now. Miami is also above .500 after the win with a 15-14 record on the season.
Tom Koehler pitched seven strong innings allowing no runs on three hits, while walking two, and striking out four. The right-hander improved to 3-2 on the season with the win to go along with a sparkling 2.41 E.R.A.
It was an important start for Koehler who struggled in New York against the Mets in his previous appearance. Things looked shaky control wise for him in the first inning but Koehler settled in nicely to throw 56 of his 91 pitches for strikes.
Carlos Marmol came in to pitch the eighth inning but ran into trouble quickly allowing two runs without retiring a batter. Marmol then did get an out before being lifted in favor of Mike Dunn. The left-hander retired both hitters he opposed in Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp to end the inning.
Steve Cishek entered to pitch the ninth in a non-save situation and allowed a run but nothing more to secure the win.
The offense continued to shine for the Marlins with a big four run inning coming in the seventh to pad the lead. Jarrod Saltalamacchia stayed hot with his sixth home run of the year as part a two-hit day for the catcher.
Saltalamacchia is now on a seven game hitting streak and has hit four home runs during it. Garrett Jones also stayed hot doubling three times to give him five two-baggers on the season while also lifting his batting average to .282.
Adeiny Hechavarria joined the fun as well doubling for the seventh time on the season. Christian Yelich picked up his third triple of the year as part of the big rally in the seventh inning.
The Marlins will attempt to make it five wins in a row on Saturday when they send Jacob Turner to the mound to take on the Dodgers. Turner is being activated from the disabled list to make the start.