The Mariners defeated the Dodgers 4-2 today at Dodger Stadium. For a full reacp and box score click here
With the Dodgers’ bats struggling for the second straight game, the Mariners used a three-run third inning to essentially put the game away. The big blow came on a two-run double by Jose Lopez that, predictably, immediately followed a botched pick-off throw by pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.
The Dodgers managed just five hits against five Mariner pitchers.
Matt Kemp hit his 10th home run of the season in the fifth inning off Seattle starter Garrett Olson.
Russell Martin doubled off Olson, one of only two extra base hits for the Dodgers.
Obviously this is no time to panic, but the Dodgers dropped their second straight series after winning their previous eight series. It’s the first time they’ve lost back-to-back series all year. Los Angeles last lost consecutive series August 22-28, 2008, getting swept at Philadelphia and at Washington.
Kuroda’s throwing error in the top of the third inning ended the Dodgers’ season-high streak of 50.2 consecutive errorless innings.
Ronald Belisario extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 10.2 over his last 10 games.
The Dodgers have lost four of their last five games, and have only once previously had four losses in any five-game stretch: May 7-12.
The Dodgers host the Colorado Rockies for three games before starting a long road road trip that takes them through San Diego, New York and Milwaukee, and the good news is they’ll have Manny Ramirez back by the end of the week .
The Dodgers begin a three-game series against Colorado Monday, sending LHP Randy Wolf (3-3, 3.64) against RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (6-7, 3.83).