Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Brett Anderson tied a career high with 10 strikeouts as the Los Angeles Dodgers opened a three-game series against the Miami Marlins with a 7-1 win on Friday.
Anderson (4-4) allowed one run over seven innings for the Dodgers, who continued a 10-game road trip with their third straight victory. They split a four-game set at Chicago to begin the trip.
Howie Kendrick had four hits, Scott Van Slyke homered and Jimmy Rollins added two RBI for Los Angeles.
Justin Nicolino (1-1), making his second career start after tossing seven shutout innings in his MLB debut last Saturday at Cincinnati, was charged with five runs on six hits over four innings.
"He missed his spots a little bit," Marlins manager Dan Jennings said of Nicolino. "He just wasn't as sharp, command-wise, like the other day against Cincinnati."
Miami, which was swept in a three-game series against St. Louis, has dropped five straight and eight of its last nine.
The Marlins scored their run in the first inning on Adeiny Hechavarria's RBI groundout, but Los Angeles responded with six runs over the next four innings to gain a comfortable lead.
Van Slyke hit a two-run homer that knocked in Adrian Gonzalez in the second and the Dodgers added to that with three in the fourth.
Justin Turner walked to begin the frame and Van Slyke was plunked by Nicolino two batters later before Alex Guerrero's single to center loaded the bases. Rollins then poked a single into right that plated a pair and Anderson aided his cause with a two-out RBI hit for a 5-1 lead.
Jarred Cosart relieved Nicolino in the fifth and the Dodgers loaded the bases with one out. After intentionally walking Gonzalez, Cosart managed to get Van Slyke to go down swinging, but Guerrero sent a single into right that scored Joc Pederson.
Anderson struck out the side in the seventh and Kendrick padded the lead with an RBI single in the eighth after Pederson's long double off the center-field wall.
Los Angeles pitchers recorded strikeouts for the final 10 Miami outs of the game ... Anderson also struck out 10 batters while with Oakland on Sept. 18, 2009, against Cleveland; and April 7, 2013, at Houston ... Dee Gordon, who stole his 26th base in the loss, had three of Miami's six hits.