Turner homers, Dodgers win 9th straight by beating Miami 3-2

MIAMI (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers had all three Miami Marlins outfielders leaping for the ball at the wall, and only Justin Turner managed to clear it.

Turner homered and also singled to increase his batting average to .374, and the Dodgers extended their winning streak to nine games Sunday by beating Miami 3-2.

It was the Dodgers’ fourth one-run victory during their streak, and the score was close only because Marlins Park is so big.

“A lot of our guys are going to be real happy to get out of this place,” Turner said. “If we were at home in Dodger Stadium, we might have hit 20 homers this series. This place is enormous. They have a very athletic outfield and cover a lot of ground, and they made a lot of really good plays.”

Marcell Ozuna jumped high above the 7-foot wall in left field to rob Kike Hernandez of a home run, and Christian Yelich leaped at the wall in center to steal an extra-base hit from Logan Forsythe.

But Giancarlo Stanton lost his glove over the 8½-foot wall in right field trying unsuccessfully to catch Chris Taylor’s triple. When Stanton made a running leap and stretched his left arm above the wall, the glove came off and fell to the other side.

“I just hit my wrist at the top of the fence, and the glove just popped off,” Stanton said.

Five Los Angeles pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts with no walks. Rich Hill (6-4) allowed one run in five innings, and Kenley Jansen got the final four outs for his 23rd save in as many chances.

The Dodgers (64-29) climbed 35 games above .500 for the first time since 1977 by completing their 11th sweep of the year, most in the majors. They’ve won 29 of their past 33 games and have the best record in the big leagues.

“It has been fun,” Hill said. “We know our end goal, and what we want to do, and where we want to go, and how we see the season finishing. But we can’t get there without focusing on tomorrow.”

The Dodgers have the franchise’s best record through 93 games since 1955.

Turner hit his 11th homer in the first inning, added a sacrifice fly in the third and reached on an infield single in the fifth. He was sidelined for three weeks early in the season by a hamstring injury, but entered the game on the verge of qualifying for the NL batting race, which he would lead.

The three-game sweep was the Dodgers’ first in Miami since 2008. They didn’t even need ace Clayton Kershaw, who makes his first start since the All-Star break Tuesday at the White Sox.

“We ran into a buzz saw,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said.

Los Angeles won six of seven games from the Marlins this year.