The lone run of the contest came during the top of the fourth when Shane Victorino grounded into a fielder's choice that allowed Joe Blanton to score and give L.A. a narrow one-run edge.
Otherwise, in spite of its ho-hum offensive performance thus far, Marlins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco has kept them close. The right-hander from Corona, Calif., facing his hometown team, has surrendered seven hits but given up one just hit and struck out one.
The Dodgers took the first game of the teams' weekend series on Friday by a final of 5-2.
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