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- Miguel Rojas hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and J.T. Realmuto and Brian Anderson had two-out RBI hits in the seventh.
- Wei-Yin Chen, who came into the game with an ERA of 10.22, allowed no runs but departed after 4 1/3 innings and 83 pitches.
- The Dodgers managed only five hits after being swept in a four-game series at home by woeful Cincinnati.
The Dodgers' difficulty with last-place teams has become an issue coast to coast.
Los Angeles went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position against Wei-Yin Chen and four relievers and was beaten by a cellar-dweller for the fifth straight game, losing to the Miami Marlins 4-2 Tuesday night.
The Dodgers managed only five hits after being swept in a four-game series at home by woeful Cincinnati.
"We hit a lot of balls hard and didn't get rewarded for it," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "The fight was there, and it just didn't happen. I know it sounds redundant, but these are our guys, and we've got to keep going."
Chen, who came into the game with an ERA of 10.22, allowed no runs but departed after 4 1/3 innings and 83 pitches.
"The Dodgers have a great team and great lineup," the Taiwanese left-hander said through a translator. "During the whole game, the only thing I was thinking about was keeping the ball down."
Nick Wittgren (2-0) replaced Chen and worked 1 2/3 perfect innings to lower his ERA to 0.69. Brad Ziegler gave up a home run to Cody Bellinger in the ninth but earned his sixth save .
Dodgers infielders Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe were activated before the game from the disabled list but couldn't spark the defending NL champions, who have scored 11 runs during their skid.
Turner lined out sharply with runners at second and third to end the fifth.
"We didn't get any love from that," Roberts said.
The manager said Chris Taylor's popout with a runner at third and one out in the third was a pivotal moment.
"I don't know if it was wanting to do too much, but I know he wishes he had that at-bat back," Roberts said.
The Dodgers' Yasiel Puig hit his second homer of the season , and his second in two games.
Alex Wood (0-4) lost despite allowing only one earned run in six innings for the Dodgers (16-25), who are off to their worst start in 60 years. Miami (15-26) could pass them by sweeping the three-game series.
"Losing's not much fun," Wood said. "We're not the type of team that's mentally weak. We have the fortitude, we have the players. Now it's just a matter of putting it all together."
The Marlins scored an unearned run in the first inning. Forsythe made a wild throw trying to turn a double play that would have ended the inning, which allowed Martin Prado to score from second base.
Miguel Rojas hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and J.T. Realmuto and Brian Anderson had two-out RBI hits in the seventh. Realmuto has at least one hit in all 20 career games against the Dodgers.