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Dodgers-Mariners: Andre Ethier Goes Wild, LA Routes Seattle, 8-2

The Los Angeles Dodgers (48-26) defeated the visiting Seattle Mariners (37-36) 8-2 on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

Andre Ethier broke out of a two-week slump by blasting three home runs for the Dodgers. Ethier has been hitting .174 in his past 13 games.

In the second inning, Ethier took Mariners starter Justin Vargas (3-3) deep for a three-run home run that put the Dodgers in the lead 3-0.

He added another in the sixth with a two-run laser that made the game 7-2 in favor of the Blue Crew.

The evening culminated with a third shot, this time a solo shot into the bullpen beyond the right field wall in the bottom of the eighth.

That gave him six RBI on the night, a career high and the most for a Dodgers batter this season.

Coming into the game he had driven in just five runs in his last 12 games combined.

Clayton Kershaw (5-5) pitched six innings and scattered five hits while giving up two runs. Kershaw surrendered the first run with one out in the fourth. Previous to that, he had pitched 17 scoreless innings, the longest streak for a Dodgers starter this season.

Kershaw, who has struggled with pitching deep into games this season, retired Mariners’ hitters in order in four of the six innings he pitched, and threw just 96 pitches for the night.

Kershaw helped his own cause in the fifth with a single to left center that plated Matt Kemp and extended the Dodgers lead to 5-1. Kemp had just leadoff the inning with a triple, and went 3-4 on the night.

Casey Blake also had a solid night. Blake went 2-for-4 with double and a solo home run of his own in the winning effort.

Ichiro Suzuki was the lone bright spot for the Mariners, who had been playing good baseball until making their way to LA.

Ichiro went 2-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to nine games. It was his sixth straight game in which he has produced a multi-hit effort. He leads the majors with 34 multi-hit games this season and increased his average to a major league leading .371.

 

 

 

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WP: Kershaw (5-5)

LP: Vargas (3-3)

 

Notes from Friday night

 

We’re Going Streaking

Andre Ethier hit three home runs, a career high tonight. In his previous 13 games, he had just two extra base hits.

He leads the team with 14 home runs, and 13 of those have come at home in Dodger Stadium.

 

Increasing the Offensive Production

The Dodgers have now scored five or more runs in six straight games. They are 33-7 scoring five or more runs.

 

Two-of-a-Kind

Entering Friday, the Dodgers and Mariners were tied for second in the Majors in ERA, both posting a 3.65 mark. They trail only the Giants, who boast a 3.64 ERA.

 

Fool Me Once, Shame on You…Fool Me Twice Shame on Me

With a win Friday night, the Dodgers avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season. This is the longest the Dodgers franchise has gone without losing three straight since 1965, when the team first lost three-in-a-row in games 72-74.

The 2001 Mariners, who amidst accumulating the most wins season in major league history, amazingly didn’t go on a three-game skid until games 142-144, hold the all-time record.

 

Late-Inning Domination

Entering Friday’s game, the Mariners bullpen has a MLB best 1.45 ERA in June.

For the season, they also hold the Majors best ERA from the seventh inning until the end of the game. They have given up just 66 earned runs in 214.2 innings pitched, good for a 2.77 ERA. The Red Sox are second, with a 3.15 ERA.

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