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Fish Fillet: Dodgers Destroy Marlins 11-1 on Clayton Kershaw Bobblehead Night

The Dodgers got a season-high 21 hits on Tuesday as they destroyed the Marlins 11-1.

Dodger Stadium is historically known as a "Pitcher's Park," but it acted as anything but for the boys in blue on Tuesday night.

After a colossal home run by Giancarlo Stanton to start the game, it was all Dodgers after that as the Blue Crew banged the ball around the ballpark to the tune of 21 hits in an 11-1 destruction of the Miami Marlins.

"We started off with a bang and then just fell apart," said Marlins manager Mike Redmond.

Andre Ethier tied a career high with five hits, going 5-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs. Ethier was in the zone inside the batters box, as he became just the fourth player this year to have fight hits in a game.

"As the night keeps going, you realize your more dialed in," Ethier said. "I've been taking good quality swings. Sometimes you get hits and find a hole, sometimes you don't."

One of the other players to have five hits in a game is former Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon. Gordon went 0-for-4 again on Tuesday and the Major League leader in hitting is now 0-for-8 in his return to Los Angeles since being traded last winter.

Howie Kendrick had a season-high four hits and went 4-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored as every position player on the team got at least one hit.

"Tonight everybody was hitting well at the same time," said Kendrick. "With men on base we got the job done, especially after the fourth inning."

The ball carried in the first four innings as the Dodgers took a 2-1 lead into the 5th with every run coming on the long ball.

Stanton's mammoth blast was the longest home run in the majors this season and one of the longest in the history of Dodgers Stadium. The ball was hit out of the stadium and into the parking lot and was estimated at a distance of 478 feet.

"He crushed that ball," said Redmond. "He's hit a couple like that in batting practice, but he hammered that thing. I just wish we could have tacked on a few more."

Dodgers' starter Mike Bolsinger was responsible for serving up the meatball to Stanton, and said all he could do was laugh about it after the game.


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"That's the hardest and longest ball I've ever seen hit off of me," said Bolsinger smiling. "That home run was something else, you just have to look back and say 'that's awesome' and go back to the game."

Bolsinger (1-0) picked up his first win of the season in just his second start for the Dodgers. The only run he allowed was on Stanton's homer as he yielded five hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Bolsinger settled into the game after surrendering Stanton's titanic blast and walked off the field to a standing ovation by the Dodger Stadium crowd.

"That was awesome," said Bolsinger of the ovation. "There was a lot of people here tonight and it's a great feeling to have them behind you. It was an awesome feeling."

The Dodgers batted around in the fourth and fifth innings putting up nine runs between the two.

Former Dodger, Dan Haren, was roughed up in his return to Los Angeles as he allowed a season-high six runs, on 11 hits in just 4 1/3 innings.

Alex Guerrero started at third base and tied a career high with three hits. The Cuban rookie went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored as he hit a double off the wall in the fifth.

Adrian Gonzalez was 1-for-3 with an RBI double of his own to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

The Dodgers have now won five consecutive fames and are a franchise record 15-2 at home to start the season. With the victory, they are guaranteed to win their 10th straight home series, the longest run since the team moved to Los Angeles in 1958.

Game Notes:
It was "Clayton Kershaw Bobblehead" night as all 49,000 fans in attendance received the reigning MVP's likeness with Cy Young trophy in tow.

Mexican horse jockey Victor Espinoza threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game. Espinoza was aboard Kentucky Derby Winner American Pharaoh and will ride him again at the Preakness this Saturday.

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