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Puig hits 3-run homer in 9th to help Dodgers beat Miami 6-4

Yasiel Puig sent his bat flying with a celebratory shovel pass, which freed both hands so he could slap his chest as he slowly began to jog.

No rush — the Los Angeles Dodgers slugger beat the Miami Marlins with one strike to spare.

Puig hit his second homer of the game on a 1-2 pitch with two out in the ninth inning Friday night, and the three-run shot helped the Dodgers beat Miami 6-4 for their seventh win in a row.

"I've been trying to hit better with two strikes," the Cuban defector said in Spanish. "I've been calmer at the plate."

Puig increased his homer total to 18, one shy of his career high in 2013.

"I am trying to get to...