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MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers 8, Miami 2

Aug. 26, 2012 at 1:02 AM   |   Comments

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Newly acquired Adrian Gonzalez homered in his first at-bat as a Dodger Saturday and Los Angeles went on to an 8-2 win over Miami.

The Dodgers acquired the four-time all-star first baseman along with pitcher Josh Beckett, injured four-time all-star outfielder Carl Crawford and utility infielder Nick Punto in a blockbuster deal announced earlier in the day.

Los Angeles sent first baseman James Loney and four minor-league prospects to Boston in exchange.

After spotting the Marlins a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, Mark Ellis led off the bottom of the frame with a double against Josh Johnson (7-11) and Luis Cruz tied the score with a run-scoring two-bagger.

Matt Kemp (3-for-5) then singled, bringing up Gonzalez, who smacked a pitch just fair down the right-field line for a three-run shot.

Andre Ethier went 4-for-4 with a solo clout and Ellis finished with three hits for second-place Los Angeles, which clinched its three-game series and pulled to within two games of National League West-leading San Francisco with the victory.

Clayton Kershaw (12-7) struck out eight over eight innings to earn his fifth win in six starts. The left-hander allowed two runs on three hits and two walks.

Giancarlo Stanton smacked a solo homer for the Marlins.

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