Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Alex Guerrero’s RBI single in the bottom
of the 10th lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-5 win over the Seattle
Mariners on Monday night in the opener of a three-game set.
Andre Ethier smacked a double to right-center to lead off the bottom of the
10th. Yasiel Puig proceeded to ground out and the Mariners elected to
intentionally walk Adrian Gonzalez. Dominic Leone (0-1) then walked Howie
Kendrick to load the bases before giving way to Tyler Olson.
Carl Crawford struck out for the second out in the inning, but Guerrero picked
him up by going down and poking a single to right for the winning hit.
The Mariners recalled Leone from the Triple-A Tacoma earlier in the day
because reliever Tom Wilhelmsen was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to
a hyperextended right elbow.
Yimi Garcia (1-0) picked up the win for pitching a scoreless 10th inning.
Guerrero and Joc Pederson each knocked in two runs, while Yasiel Puig homered
and Kendrick added an RBI in the win.
Nelson Cruz hit a pair of homers and Dustin Ackley and Kyle Seager also went
deep for Seattle, which had its two-game winning streak halted.
“He’s finding his groove. He’s getting pitches to drive and he’s taking care
of it,” Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said of Cruz.
Cruz hit a two-run homer in the first and smacked a solo shot in the fourth to
help Seattle grab a 3-0 lead. Seager followed Cruz in the fourth with a solo
homer to right center.
A leadoff single by Puig and a one-out double by Kendrick gave Los Angeles a
scoring opportunity in the home fourth. Scot Van Slyke walked to load the
bases, then Guerrero hit a sacrifice fly to right. Pederson brought in
Kendrick and Van Slyke a batter later with a single to left that cut the
Dodgers deficit to 4-3.
Ackley homered with one out in the fifth, but Los Angeles tied the game on
Puig’s second homer of the year and Kendrick’s RBI base knock in the home
Mariners starter James Paxton allowed five runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings
… Brandon McCarthy was charged with five runs on six hits with 10 strikeouts
in seven innings of work … Seattle has played in three straight extra-inning
games for the first time since it did so in September of 2002 … Cruz’s homer
in the first was the 200th of his career … Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma will
face David Huff in Tuesday’s middle game.