LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony DeSclafani leaned back against a wall outside the Florida Marlins' clubhouse, his face still dripping from sweat and a dazed look on his face as he juggled his emotions and dissected an experience that comes only once in every big league pitcher's life.
His first big league game and first victory.
Ed Lucas homered for Miami during a six-run second inning in which second baseman Dee Gordon's fielding error led to five unearned runs, and the Marlins scored another six runs two innings later to rout the Los Angeles Dodgers 13-3 on Wednesday night and snap a five-game losing streak.
DeSclafani, the Marlins' minor league pitcher of the year last season, struck out seven and had a single and drove in two runs. He was 3-4 with a 4.19 ERA in eight starts at Double-A Jacksonville.
"When I got the phone call, I took a big gulp and I couldn't even breathe," DeSclafani said. "It hasn't sunk in. I mean, it's such an unreal moment. I can't believe I got the win, can't believe I'm in L.A., and that I'm pitching against the Dodgers.
"It still hasn't hit me. I can't believe I was facing the Dodger lineup, going from Jacksonville to the big leagues. I wasn't expecting a callup. I was just trying to control my nerves. It was cool to throw the way I did, get a win and get the Marlins a win."
DeSclafani allowed two runs and seven hits over six innings after getting staked to a 12-0 lead.
"Run support obviously helps," he said. "But I was just so focused on trying to pound the strike zone, make sure I made quality pitches and didn't let anything get away from me."
Reed Johnson had a two-run homer and Jeff Mathis added a three-run shot in support of DeSclafani, a 24-year-old right-hander who was inserted into the rotation after Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was placed on the disabled list on Monday with a torn ligament in his elbow and became another high-profile candidate for Tommy John surgery.
Randy Wolf allowed one run over the final three innings for the save, the same day the 37-year-old left-hander exercised the out clause in his minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks and signed a one-year deal with the Marlins.
Paul Maholm (1-4) was charged with 10 runs — five earned — and 11 hits in 3 2-3 innings. Batterymate A.J. Ellis, reinstated from the disabled list after missing 34 games because of an injured left knee that required arthroscopic surgery, was 0 for 4 in his eighth game of the season.
Yasiel Puig drove in the Dodgers' first run with a double in the fifth, extending his career-best hitting streak to 14 games. Carl Crawford homered and Andre Ethier had an RBI single for Los Angeles.