Furcal finds holes, collects three hits

Furcal finds holes, collects three hits

at Vero Beach, Fla.
Tuesday, March 11

Marlins at the plate: Second baseman Dan Uggla provided some quick offense with his solo homer in the first inning, and the Marlins added two more runs in the fourth on RBI singles by Mike Jacobs and Jose Castillo. The deciding blows, however, came in the seventh, when Uggla, Jeremy Hermida and Josh Willingham all drove in runs.

Dodgers at the plate: Sparking the Dodgers with three hits, shortstop Rafael Furcal scored two runs and knocked in another two, his day highlighted by an RBI triple in the fifth inning. Andre Ethier and Russell Martin also drove in runs for the Dodgers, who scored their first five runs with the aid of only one extra-base hit.

Marlins on the mound: Andrew Miller's wildness betrayed him again on Tuesday, with three walks and a hit batsman leading to three runs in four innings. Miller has now walked 11 batters in 13 Grapefruit League innings. Reliever Renyel Pinto didn't fare much better, walking a batter and allowing two runs -- one earned -- in one inning.

Dodgers on the mound: Despite retiring nine straight Marlins at one point, Dodgers starter Derek Lowe ran into enough trouble to allow three runs over his four innings. Lowe struck out four and walked two. Still battling a sore left elbow, Hong-Chih Kuo struck out two of the three batters he faced in relief. Scott Proctor also pitched a shutout inning, but Yhency Brazoban allowed three runs in the seventh.

Grapefruit League records: Marlins 10-6-1, Dodgers 6-7-1

Up next: Right-hander Chris Volstad has allowed just one run in three Grapefruit League outings, and he'll put that statistic on the line Wednesday in a 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Cardinals. The Marlins, designated as the home team in Roger Dean Stadium, will face Cards starter Anthony Reyes, needing a win to snap the 2-2 series tie between the teams this spring.

With a group of their teammates halfway around the world, the rest of the Dodgers will forge on in Dodgertown in a Wednesday matinee against the Nationals. Right-hander Chad Billingsley will start for the Dodgers, after allowing three runs over three innings his last time out. He'll be followed by fellow right-hander Jason Johnson, and opposed by Nationals lefty Mike O'Connor in the 10:05 a.m. PT start.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.