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Benches Clear as Dodgers Beat Marlins, 7-2

Chris Taylor and Brett Eibner both hit homers and Alex Wood threw eight shutout innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Miami Marlins, 7-2, on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers won the trade.

Chris Taylor and Brett Eibner both hit homers and Alex Wood threw eight shutout innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Miami Marlins, 7-2, on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

Ironically, all three stars of the night for the Dodgers were acquired via trade.

Wood, the reigning National League Pitcher of the Week, delivered his third straight shutout as he has cemented himself in the Dodgers rotation for the foreseeable future.

"My consistency is there when I pitch every fifth day," said Wood. "Overall my fastball command was good tonight and I made some pitches when we needed to."

Wood (5-0), scattered just six hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 7 and 1/3 shutout innings as he remained perfect on the season, lowering his ERA to an astonishing 1.88 on the season.

"No question," said Wood when asked by NBC LA, if this is the best he's pitched since he was traded to the Dodgers. "I felt like I was hitting my stride a little last year, but the consistency of my stuff, this is the best I've felt since 2014."

Wood was acquired from the Atlanta Braves as the 2015 MLB trade deadline. 

Chris Taylor went 3-for-4 with a double, and solo home run as he finished a triple shy of the cycle. The man known affectionately as "CT3," also flashed some leather in the game as the Dodgers turned a season-high four double plays on the night. 

"I feel like I'm seeing the ball well right now," said Taylor of his hot streak. "It's a combination of my swing mechancis and my confidence. When you get in a groove like that, the game slows down, and that's how its felt recently."

Taylor was acquired from the Seattle Mariners in a straight-up trade for RHP Zach Lee last June.

Eibner was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City before the game after the team announced that third baseman Justin Turner would be moved to the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

Eibner promptly made the most of his MLB action by sending a four-seam fastball from Justin Nicolino over the fence in left-center for his second home run of the season.

Eibner was acquired from the Oakland Athletics in January for Double-A infidler, Jordan Tarsovich.

Nicolino (0-1), took the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts in just four short innings.

Cody Bellinger became the fastest Dodger in history to hit the first eight home runs of his career when he went deep for in the bottom of the eighth to tie Yasiel Puig for the team lead. 

Despite the Bellinger bomb, it was the fireworks immediately afterward that had everyone talking.

After Bellinger belted a fastball from A.J. Ramos over the wall, Ramos hit Eibner with the very next pitch, a 97MPH fastball near the chest.

With the Dodgers leading 7-0 in the top of the ninth, L.A. retaliated as reliever Ross Stripling threw behind Giancarlo Stanton to start off the inning.

Stripling was immediately ejected, and both benches cleared as Marlins' manager Don Mattingly went after Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts and bench coach Bob Geren in the melee. Both Mattingly and Geren were ejected.

"They were exchanging some pleasantries," joked Roberts. "I think it was taken care of on the field and we're both looking forward to winning a game tomorrow."

"When Geren is out there yelling at my guy, he's going to have to go through me," added Mattingly. "If the players are yelling at each other, that's one thing, but when he's going to start yelling at guys, that's a whole other thing."

After the ejections, Justin Bour homered for the second straight game to end the shutout and put the Fish on the board.

Puig left the game in the fourth inning with low/mid back tightness, but says he still plans to play in the remaining two games of the series.

"I’m not going on the D.L. I need to be back on the field, to keep hitting, and go to Miami for the All-Star Game," Puig said after the game. 

Los Angeles has won three straight, and the Miami Marlins have the worst record in baseball. Things will certainly get interesting as these teams still have two games left to play this weekend.

Up Next:

Dodgers send Julio Urias to the mound on Saturday opposite Dan Straily as L.A. celebrates "Pups at the Park," night at Dodger Stadium. First pitch is 7:10PM PST.

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