LOS ANGELES -- Cody Ross removed the ice bag from his right
knee and hobbled from the trainer's room to his locker, smiling
through the pain.
He was happy because he had two hits and four RBI to help
Florida beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 15-4 Wednesday, giving the
Marlins a 5-4 record on their nine-game road trip.
What made the day even better was he did so well against the
team that let him go earlier this season.
And he was happiest of all because it didn't appear the injury
he sustained in the fourth inning was serious.
"I was worried I had blown something up,'' Ross said after his
collision with second baseman Dan Uggla. "I was scared. I thought
I had done something really bad to my knee.''
That doesn't appear to be the case. X-rays were negative, and
Ross was day-to-day with a bruised knee. He hopes to be ready
Friday night when the Marlins return to action against Atlanta in
the opener of a 10-game homestand.
"That's my goal, to be ready by Friday,'' Ross said. "If
there's no damage, I'll be ready to go. If I wake up tomorrow and I
can't walk or something's wrong, I'll probably go in (for an
Ross was injured while trying to catch Toby Hall's bloop single
with one out and a runner on first. Ross and Uggla collided as the
ball dropped between them, and Ross had to be helped from the
field. Uggla also iced his right knee after the game, but said he
Ross started the season with the Dodgers and played with
Cincinnati before being traded to the Marlins on May 26. He is
hitting .241 with eight homers and 31 RBI.
"Oh, absolutely,'' Ross said when asked if doing well against
the Dodgers made his day even more special. "They sent me out, I
was the odd man out. They didn't need me.''
The Dodgers had been on the club's best run in 107 years,
winning 17 of their previous 18 games. No team in franchise history
had gone 17-1 since the Brooklyn Superbas won 20 of 21 during the
The Dodgers' streak began July 28, after they lost 13 of their
first 14 games following the All-Star break.
The 15 runs were the most allowed by the Dodgers in a game this
season and matched the total they gave up in their previous seven
games. They were outhit 16-7.
The Marlins had lost their past five games to the Dodgers -- all
during Los Angeles' big streak. They were outscored 31-9 in those
"The Marlins played well today,'' Dodgers first baseman Nomar
Garciaparra said. "They came out and swung the bats and did
everything right. So you take your lumps and get back on the horse
and battle again in a couple of days.
"What's great about this team is that guys understand you have
to stay even-keeled throughout the whole thing. You don't get too
high and try not to get too low because these days are going to
Johnson (11-6) allowed six hits and four runs in six innings.
His ERA rose from 2.69 to 2.84 -- good for second in the NL behind
Arizona's Brandon Webb (2.77).
Cabrera, who has 20 homers and 87 RBI this season, hit a
two-run homer off Aaron Sele in the fourth and a three-run shot off
Giovanni Carrara in the sixth. He also singled and scored a run
against Mark Hendrickson (1-5) in the third.
Ross put the Marlins ahead for good by hitting a two-out,
three-run double against Hendrickson in the first, and added an RBI
single to drive in Cabrera in the third.
Los Angeles starters were 12-1 with a 2.55 ERA in the team's
previous 18 games, but the Marlins scored four runs against
Hendrickson in the first on the double by Ross and an RBI single by
Miguel Olivo. Hendrickson hurt himself by issuing three walks
before Ross' hit.
Jeff Kent doubled twice and drove in three runs for the Dodgers.
The Marlins broke the game open by scoring five runs off Carrara
in the sixth on Cabrera's second homer and a two-run shot by Wes
Helms. Reggie Abercrombie added a two-run double and Hanley Ramirez
hit an RBI double off Joe Beimel in the eighth.
Hendrickson allowed five hits and five runs in 2 1/3 innings,
his shortest outing of the season. He worked at least five innings
in each of his previous 21 starts this year -- 13 with Tampa Bay and
eight for the Dodgers.
Julio Lugo, acquired by the Dodgers from Tampa Bay on July
31, started at his natural position of SS, giving Rafael Furcal a
rest. Lugo has started at five positions in his last five games --
SS, 2B, 3B, LF and RF. ... The Marlins activated C Matt Treanor
before the game. Treanor had been sidelined since Aug. 1 with a
strained left shoulder. ... The Dodgers outscored the opposition
99-42 while winning 17 of 18. Before that, they were outscored
81-29 while losing 13 of 14. ... The Dodgers dropped to 14-1 with
Wilson Betemit in the starting lineup. They acquired the
26-year-old switch-hitter from Atlanta on July 28.