Walker Buehler struck out 11 over seven innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers hit a trio of home runs to complete a three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 9-0 victory Sunday.
Max Muncy, Joc Pederson and A.J. Pollock went deep as the first-place Dodgers won for the sixth time in nine games since the All-Star break. Buehler recorded his third double-digit strikeout game this season.
Marlins rookie, Saint Louis graduate Jordan Yamamoto not only lost for the first time in seven major league starts, but the home runs by Muncy and Pederson were the first ones he’s allowed in his career. The Pearl City native, Yamamoto (4-1) had the third-longest winning streak to begin a career in Marlins history.
One day after the Dodgers’ bullpen blew a 6-0 lead before the offense rallied, Buehler (9-1) took the heat off the relievers by giving up just five hits and no walks.
The right-hander cruised after being staked to an early lead, although he already gave a glimpse of what kind of day it would be before the Dodgers even came to the plate for the first time. Buehler struck out the side in each of the first two innings.
In between, Muncy gave Los Angeles a 2-0 lead in the first on his 25th home run. Yamamoto had gone six starts without being taken deep, just the fourth pitcher in Marlins history to make at least six starts without giving up a homer.
Yamamoto inscribed a message of Ku Kia’i Mauna on his cap in a show of support against the the Thirty Meter Telescope being built on Mauna Kea.
Pederson tagged him just two innings later, giving the Dodgers a 4-0 lead with a shot into the Marlins’ bullpen in right field. It was Pederson’s 23rd of the season and second in two games. He has three home runs since participating in the Home Run Derby during All-Star festivities this month.
Yamamoto also gave up an RBI double to Kiké Hernández in the fourth as the Dodgers built their advantage to 5-0. The right-hander gave up five runs and four hits over four innings with two walks and four strikeouts.
There was no matching Buehler, whose strikeout pace did slow somewhat. He got his 10th strikeout in the seventh when Neil Walker was called out looking. It was the right-hander’s first game of at least 10 strikeouts since he fanned 16 Colorado Rockies on June 21.
Pollock added an RBI single in the fifth and a three-run homer in the seventh off Tayron Guerrero. It was Pollock’s sixth of the season.