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FLA@LAD: Navarro wins it with a walk-off single

LOS ANGELES -- Reinforcements arrived for the Dodgers, just in time for a 3-2 walk-off win on Friday night against the Marlins.

Pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro's bases-loaded line-drive single with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning was the difference, defeating a five-man infield by the Marlins only moments after Florida ran itself out of a potential go-ahead run.

"Thank God nobody caught it," said Navarro, who came to the plate hitting .184. "Seeing those fielders gets in your head a little bit. We've been playing so many games like that, and it seems we fall short. The last two games in Houston were like that. It's good to get one back."

The other two Dodgers runs came on home runs from James Loney and Andre Ethier. It was Loney's second of the season and first since April 6. It was Ethier's second extra-base hit of the month, the right fielder returning to the lineup after missing the Houston series because of bruises and a hitting slump.

Also returning Friday night were catcher Rod Barajas (bruised wrist) and third baseman Casey Blake, activated after a month on the disabled list with a staph infection of the left elbow.

"We need a win like this," said Blake, the Dodgers having lost nine of the previous 12 without him. This was the first game since April 8 that the Dodgers had Blake and shortstop Rafael Furcal in the same starting lineup.

Blake led off the winning rally with a single between short and third base. Ethier singled to right, and when outfielder Mike Stanton bobbled the ball, Blake hustled to third. Then Clay Hensley walked Matt Kemp intentionally to load the bases.

Navarro was sent up to hit for rookie reliever Rubby De La Rosa, who suffered his first blown save but also earned his first Major League victory and was the unlikely participant in his first Major League rundown play.

For Navarro, the Marlins utilized a five-man infield, bringing center fielder Chris Coghlan to play between second base and second baseman Omar Infante. But on a 2-0 pitch, Navarro lined his single to center field for the game-winner.

"It's about the percentages," Florida manager Edwin Rodriguez said of the defensive alignment. "But it didn't work out. That would have been a base hit with six infielders."

De La Rosa came on in the eighth and issued a leadoff walk to Hanley Ramirez, who stole second. Logan Morrison lined out to Loney at first, but Sanchez singled Ramirez to third, and he scored on Greg Dobbs' second RBI single to tie the game, with Sanchez taking third.

The Marlins next ran out of the possible go-ahead run when Loney made a difficult catch of Stanton's foul popup, reaching over the photo well near the Marlins' on-deck circle. With De La Rosa covering the plate, Loney tossed the ball to him and when De La Rosa turned and headed toward the mound, Sanchez broke for the plate.

"Furcal told me to check the runner and I saw the guy coming," said De La Rosa, who had one fastball clocked at 99 mph on the MLB pitch tracker. "I threw the ball to Casey, and when he ran him toward me, I held up my glove and caught his throw. I didn't know if anybody was behind me [actually, Barajas, Loney and Jamey Carroll were all near the plate]. I faked a throw and the guy stopped and then I ran him down."

It was the Dodgers' fourth double play of the night, although Blake said when he saw Sanchez heading home, he held up his arms trying to call time out.

"I'm glad they didn't give it to me," he said.

Said manager Don Mattingly: "He covered the plate and then didn't really call time and started to walk away, so it was heads up and then he jumps back in the rundown and it was everything we don't want him to do, but it worked out."

Blake also came up big defensively in the fifth inning, when Florida had the potential tying run on second base and no outs. Marlins catcher John Buck led off with a routine grounder, but Furcal bounced his throw into the Florida dugout for a two-base error. Infante grounded to Furcal, but this time his throw was on the money.

Javier Vazquez then sent a sharp grounder heading toward the left-field corner, but Blake gloved it with an all-out backhand dive (landing on his surgically repaired left elbow) and threw Vazquez out, with Buck holding second. Coghlan flied out to end the threat.

"The only thing I hadn't done is dive," Blake said of his rehab from a staph infection. "I just reacted. I haven't dived in a month. I thought I'd be a little hesitant."

Dodgers starter Jon Garland went 6 1/3 innings, charged with only one run despite walking four.

"I was effectively wild," said Garland, who started a key 1-4-3 double-play on Sanchez's fifth-inning comebacker. "I think I kept them off balance. I wasn't throwing strikes. I really didn't have too much. I was all over the place." Comments