SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 10: Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a grand slam against the Seattle Mariners during an interleague game at Safeco Field during an interleague game on June 10, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Interleague Play, Dodgers Vs. Mariners: L.A. Takes Series With Dominating Win

Chad Billingsley held the Mariners to two hits in seven innings and Andre Ethier hit a two-out grand slam. The Dodgers captured the rubber game in the three-game series with ease.

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Dodgers Vs. Mariners Final Score: L.A. Takes Series With 8-2 Win

The Los Angeles Dodgers took advantage of a big second inning and a dominant outing by starter Chad Billingsley on Sunday to win the rubber match of their interleague series against the Seattle Mariners. The Dodgers secured the series win with the 8-2 victory.

Kyle Seager opened the scoring with a two-out solo home run in the bottom of the first inning, but the Dodgers quickly took over the game in the second.

After Bobby Abreu hit a double to pass Mickey Mantle on the all-time hits list, Tony Gwynn hit a two-out RBI single to drive him in and tie up the game. Dee Gordon then put the Dodgers ahead with an RBI single of his own and Gwynn should have been out at third, but the ball popped out of starting pitcher Blake Beavan's glove while applying the tag. Andre Ethier then launched a grand slam into the right-field bleachers for his 10th homer of the year, giving the Dodgers a 6-1 lead. The Dodgers scored all six of their second-inning runs with two outs.

The score remained 6-1 until the top of the eighth inning, when James Loney and Adam Kennedy both drove in runs with singles. Michael Saunders drove in the second Mariners run of the game with a double in the bottom of the ninth.

Billingsley went seven strong innings, giving up just Seager's home run and one other hit. He walked three and struck out eight. It was a dominant performance for Los Angeles on both sides of the ball, as Dodgers pitchers limited the Mariners to just four hits, while Jerry Hairston Jr. was the only starter to not record at least one hit. Hairston did manage to reach base by drawing a walk, however.

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Dodgers Vs. Mariners Jerry Hairston Jr. Powers Dodgers Past Mariners 8-3

The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Seattle Mariners this evening 8-3, on the strength of three extra base hits by Jerry Hairston, Jr. In the first inning, Hairston hit his second home run of the year with Dee Gordon and Andre Ethier on base. Then in the third, with Hairston at the plate, Elian Herrera stole second and then was driven in by a Hairston double; both were hit to left field. Hairston came in to score on a James Loney single.

It was a favorable matchup today for Hairston, who had reached base seven times in eight plate appearances against soft throwing left handers this year. He also had two hits and two runs batted in against Philadelphia on Thursday, after coming off the bench in Wednesday's game. While Hairston has become questionable against right handers, but has made himself a sure thing against left handers.

Hairston was also able to knock in an insurance run in the eighth inning. With Juan Rivera running on the pitch, Hairston doubled over the second baseman's head. With the ball rolling to the wall, Rivera was able to come around and score.

Clayton Kershaw was a strikeout machine, with twelve strikeouts in seven innings, but doing it himself also resulted in a high pitch count. He threw 117, 76 of them for strikes. Still, it was a quality start and his fifth win of the year. Ronald Belisario was able to come in and pitch the eighth with Coffey coming in to pitch the ninth once it was no longer a save situation.

The Mariners were able to pull back some runs in the bottom of the fourth on a Miguel Olivio hit his fifth home run of the year with Justin Smoak and Kyle Seagar on base.

The Dodgers were lucky to get such production out of Hairston as the player they've come to rely on with Kemp injured, Andre Ethier, continued to slump on the road. Going 0-4 today he's now in a 1-26 slump, though he still leads the National League with 49 RBI. He told after Friday's game:

"I expect to be here a long time, and both sides have expressed that. They want me here and I want to be here. Mutually, both sides want me here"

The Dodgers were able to pick up a pair of insurance runs in the ninth, after a double steal put Tony Gwynn Jr and Dee Gordon in scoring position. Elian Herrera's infield single was thrown home but Gwynn was able to slide underneath the tag. Gordon then came in to score on a sacrifice fly ball.

The Dodgers remain the best team in baseball at 38-22. They're the only team with a winning percentage above .600, and while some may attribute that to a weak schedule, it still stands that they've done the things necessary to be in a good position when the tougher games come.


Dodgers Vs. Mariners Final Score: Kevin Millwood, 5 Relievers Combine For No-Hitter In 1-0 Win

Kevin Millwood and five relief pitchers combined to pitch a no-hitter for the Seattle Mariners Friday night, in a 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Safeco Field in the first game of a three-game weekend series. It was the first no-hitter thrown against the Dodgers since Kent Mercker threw one on April 8, 1994 at Dodger Stadium for the Atlanta Braves.

Millwood was fantastic through six innings, needing just 68 pitches to face the minimum 18 batters. Millwood struck out six and allowed only one walk, and erased the walk on a double play. Millwood left the game with a mild right groin strain after throwing just one warmup pitch in the top of the seventh.

Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League, and Tom Wilhelmsen combined for the final nine outs to complete the third no-hitter in Mariners' history. Pryor was pitching in just his fourth major league game, and he walked two of the three hitters he faced. Yet he got the win, his first in the major leagues.

The Mariners scored the only run of the game with a single, walk, and single all with two outs in the seventh inning off Scott Elbert (0-1). Kyle Seager delivered what proved to be the game-winning RBI with a single off the glove of shortstop Dee Gordon.

Nathan Eovaldi threw six scoreless innings for the Dodgers, but had nothing to show for it. Eovaldi has allowed five total runs in his three starts, but the Dodgers have suffered three one-run losses in those games.

Clayton Kershaw gets the start on Saturday for the Dodgers, facing Jason Vargas.

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Jorge Soler Rumors: Dodgers Among Most Aggressive Teams With Cuban Outfielder

The Los Angeles Dodgers finally have some wiggle room financially following the sale of the club a few months ago, and it appears the new ownership is ready to make some moves. According to a tweet from ESPN's Buster Olney, the Dodgers are among the teams most aggressively pursing Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler.

Soler, 20, is one of the hottest prospects in the world and has the potential to be a superstar one day. He projects to be a right fielder with his size and athleticism, although he could also handle left field. He is yet to face very tough competition, but his bat is also projected to be very good with the proper coaching and development.

The Cuban outfielder comes with some risk and will likely cost upwards of $25 million or so, but his upside is undeniable. The Dodgers will certainly have some money to spend in the offseason, so this does seem like a legit fit. The club also has to think about Andre Ethier's future with the organization though, and that may keep L.A. from bidding with the Yankees, Cubs, Braves and others for Soler.

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Interleague Play, Dodgers Vs. Mariners Starting Lineups: Juan Rivera At DH

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for their fifth straight win on Friday night as they face the Seattle Mariners in an interleague weekend series at Safeco Field in Seattle. Nathan Eovaldi gets the start for the Dodgers, facing Kevin Millwood for Seattle.

Juan Rivera gets the start at designated hitter Friday night for the Dodgers, whose designated hitters have hit a National League low seven home runs in 121 games since interleague play began in 1997. Here are Friday's starting lineups:

Dodgers (37-21)

Gordon SS
Herrera 3B
Ethier RF
Rivera DH
Abreu LF
Hairston 2B
Loney 1B
Ellis C
Gwynn CF
Eovaldi P

Mariners (26-33)

Suzuki RF
Ackley 2B
Seager 3B
Montero C
Smoak 1B
Saunders CF
Jaso DH
Carp LF
Kawasaki SS
Millwood P

Friday's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA. For your Mariners information, head over to Lookout Landing, or read SB Nation Seattle.

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Interleague Play, Dodgers Vs. Mariners Game Preview: Nathan Eovaldi Starts Opener In Seattle

The Dodgers last played in Seattle from July 7-9, 2000.


Dodgers Vs. Mariners Probable Pitchers: Felix Hernandez Might Pitch Sunday In Seattle

The Los Angeles Dodgers have one more game in Philadelphia on Thursday morning against the Phillies, but then they continue their 10-game road trip with a three-game weekend series at Safeco Field against the Seattle Mariners. Here's a look at the weekend pitching matchups:

Friday - Nathan Eovaldi vs. Kevin Millwood (7:10 p.m. PDT): Eovaldi has allowed five total runs, just four earned, in his two starts, but has no wins to show for it so far.

Saturday - Clayton Kershaw vs. Jason Vargas (4:15 p.m. PDT): The Dodgers' ace gets the start on Fox in essentially a twilight start in Seattle.

Sunday - Chad Billingsley vs. TBD (1:10 p.m. PDT): The Mariners haven't officially named a starter for Sunday, but the team is hoping Felix Hernandez will be ready by then, per Greg Johns of The Mariners skipped Hernandez on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels in favor of Hector Noesi.

For more news and notes on Dodgers baseball, be sure to read True Blue LA. For your Mariners information, head over to Lookout Landing, or read SB Nation Seattle.

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