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After giving up four runs in five innings to the New York Mets on opening day, Florida Marlins’ starter Josh Johnson (9-3) had not given up more than three runs in his other 16 starts and lasted at least six innings in his last 15 starts. The All Star pitcher displayed his full arsenal of blazing hot fastballs, sliders and change-ups against the Dodgers confounding them to a 4-0 loss.

“He’s one of the premiere pitchers in the league as far as I’m concerned,” Dodgers’ manager Joe Torre said of Johnson. “We had a couple of mild things going on but nothing really serious. He dominated tonight.”

Dodgers’ starter Hiroki Kuroda (7-7), seemingly unable to put his last start behind him where he gave up six runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix, had a nightmare second inning.

After back-to-back singles by Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla to lead off the second inning, Cody Ross lined a double just out of the reach of second baseman Blake DeWitt that went to the wall out in right centerfield scoring Cantu. After Ronny Paulino grounded back to the box, Mike Stanton blasted a slider that hung over the middle of the plate into a glove. Unfortunately that glove was a catcher’s mitt in a bag in the Dodgers’ bullpen for the three-run homer and the Marlins 4-0 lead.