Losing five of the first seven on this 10-game homestand has left the Marlins in a precarious spot. Keeping in mind nobody figured they would factor into the National League East race this season it's conceivable the Marlins before month's end will be altogether eliminated.

Thursday's 6-0 loss to Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers at Marlins Park dropped the club's tragic number to eight with eight August games remaining. Any combination of eight Marlins' losses or Braves' wins and another year will pass without an NL East pennant.

What has been a mostly brutal stretch against top shelf teams has illustrated just how far away the Marlins are from affixing another flag to an outfield column. Since Aug. 2 the Marlins went 6-13 against the Indians Pirates Braves Royals Giants and Dodgers teams that opened play Thursday with a combined .548 winning percentage.

"We played with them this series" left fielder Christian Yelich said. "Today was the only game I thought we didn't really put up a fight. The first three games we were in it until the end…I don't think we got blown out of the water this series. We didn't win it or split it but I don't think anybody in this locker room thinks we couldn't play with those guys."

The main obstacle between the Marlins and a four-game series split with the Dodgers was Kershaw among the favorites for the National League Cy Young Award. He inched closer to claiming his second in three years after allowing five hits over eight shutout innings with three walks and six strikeouts. Kershaw became the seventh starter this season to blank the Marlins over eight or more innings.