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Dodgers hurler Kenta Maeda retires 17 straight batters in impressive outing on mound

AP, Kyodo

For one afternoon, finally, the Dodgers were better than last.

Justin Turner tied a career high with five RBIs and Kenta Maeda pitched eight innings Thursday to help Los Angeles beat the Marlins 7-0 and end a streak of six consecutive losses, all against last-place teams.

With the win, the defending National League champions climbed out of the cellar themselves in the NL West. Rap music blared in the postgame clubhouse, a contrast to the somber atmosphere of late.

“I thought the radio in the clubhouse was out the last six days,” manager Dave Roberts joked. “But we fixed it. So we have music. The worm has turned.”

Turner, who broke his left wrist in spring training and made his season debut Tuesday, hit a three-run double for the Dodgers’ first hit in the third inning. He added a two-run double in the fourth and also singled to finish 6 for 13 in the series (.462).

“We had felt like we were close to breaking out and having a good day,” Turner said. “Hopefully this can stick, and we can put together a run.”

Maeda (3-3) allowed two hits and no walks in his longest outing of the season. He said he took the mound mindful of the losing streak.

“It hasn’t been easy to get wins, so I really focused on my throwing,” Maeda said. “I felt like I was able to throw the way I wanted. I also did a good job of getting batters to swing at my pitches. I want this to continue.”

Maeda retired the final 17 batters he faced while throwing 96 pitches.

In his most impressive outing of the season thus far, the 30-year-old was lethal with his fastball and slider, perplexing the Marlins batters on the way to breaking his own four-game winless streak.

“I was trying to get back on track and into my rhythm, and was able to get a good result,” Maeda said.

After the game, the Marlins designated reliever Junichi Tazawa for assignment. Tazawa, who will make $7 million this year, gave up three runs in one inning and has an ERA of 9.00 in 22 games.

“I’m hoping a change of scenery will benefit me and get me back on track,” Tazawa said in a statement released by the Marlins. “I do feel fine, and that is the frustrating part about all of this.”

Rays 7, Angels 1

In Anaheim, Shohei Ohtani broke up a shutout in the bottom of the ninth with his sixth home run of the season, putting the home side on the board in a lopsided loss to Tampa Bay.

Batting seventh, Ohtani went 0-for-3 before coming to the plate against reliever Austin Pruitt with one out. With the count at 1-1, Ohtani took the right-hander out to dead center for a solo home run.

Ohtani is scheduled to pitch against the Rays in the fourth and final game of the series on Sunday.

Rockies 5, Giants 3 (12)

In San Francisco, Carlos Gonzalez blooped a tiebreaking, two-run single with two outs in the 12th inning, lifting Colorado past the Giants in the clubs’ first meeting of the year.

San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy and shortstop Brandon Crawford were ejected in the bottom of the 12th after Crawford was called out on strikes and argued with plate umpire Chris Segal.

Gonzalez connected off Cory Gearrin, who relieved after Pierce Johnson (2-2) allowed one-out walks to pinch hitter Chris Iannetta and Charlie Blackmon.

Jake McGee (1-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win, and Wade Davis finished for his 16th save with the tying run on first.

Red Sox 6, Orioles 2

In Boston, David Price took a shutout into the ninth inning and held Baltimore to five hits in his first complete game this season, leading the Red Sox past the Orioles.

J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first, and Xander Bogaerts homered with two on during a four-run fifth.

Tigers 3, Mariners 2

In Seattle, Jose Iglesias’ two-out, two-run single in the eighth gave Detroit the lead, and Tigers’ pitchers allowed just two hits over the final six innings in a win over the Mariners.

Detroit rallied against Seattle’s bullpen and specifically eighth-inning regular Nick Vincent (1-1) to take the opener of the four-game series.

Tigers starter Matthew Boyd struck out a career-high nine and didn’t factor in the decision but was part of a solid night by the Tigers’ staff.

Phillies 6, Cardinals 2

In St. Louis, Vince Velasquez pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, while Carlos Santana and Pedro Florimon each hit home runs in Philadelphia’s victory over the Cardinals.

White Sox 4, Rangers 2

In Chicago, Welington Castillo hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the hosts’ four-run eighth, helping the White Sox defeat Texas in the opener of a four-game series between two of the worst teams in the AL.

Pirates 5, Padres 4

In Pittsburgh, Gregory Polanco led off the seventh inning with a double and scored the go-ahead run on an error, leading the streaking Pirates over San Diego for their eighth win in nine games.

Athletics 10, Blue Jays 5

In Toronto, Matt Olson belted a three-run home run and Khris Davis and Matt Chapman added two-run shots in the third and sixth, respectively, leading Oakland past the Blue Jays.

Cubs at Braves — ppd.