Postgame: Mariners 4, Dodgers 2

The Mariners defeated the Dodgers 4-2 today at Dodger Stadium. For a full reacp and box score click here

BARE ESSENTIALS

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.

ETC…ETC.

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 .

ON DECK

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).

Postgame: Mariners 5, Dodgers 1

The Seattle Mariners defeated the Dodgers 5-1 tonight at Dodger Stadium. For a full boxscore click here

THE BARE ESSENTIALS:

The Dodgers ran into a buzz saw tonight in Seattle ace Felix Hernandez, who gave up just one run on four hits with nine strikeouts in eight impressive innings.

Ken Griffrey Jr. hit a two-run home run in the third inning off Dodgers starter Eric Milton. It was Griffey’s 620th career home run.

The Dodgers scored their only run in the third inning, and it was unearned when Rafael Furcal scored from third on a fielding error by Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki.

Milton wasn’t terrible, striking out seven over five innings while giving up four runs, but on a night when Hernandez was as dominant as he was it would have taken a perfect effort from Milton to win.

ETC…ETC.

Eh, sometimes you just have to tip your cap and move on to the next game. With Felix Hernandez dealing the way he was, it was an uphill battle from the get-go for the Dodgers.

To make room for Milton on the 25-man roster, the Dodgers optioned right-hander Cory Wade to Triple-A Albuquerque.

ON DECK

The Dodgers go for the series win Sunday at 1:10 p.m., sending RHP Hiroki Kuroda (2-3, 3.44) against LHP Garrett Olson (2-2, 4.95)