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SEATTLE -- A day after being no-hit, the Dodgers quickly showed the Mariners why they are leading the National League West, banging out 14 hits in an 8-3 win on Saturday at Safeco Field.
Any notion of another no-hitter by Seattle was quickly put to rest as Dee Gordon led off with an infield single for the Dodgers. Later in the first, Andre Ethier earned a two-out walk, which Jerry Hairston quickly turned into a 3-0 lead, cranking a ball into the left-field seats for his second home run of the season.
Hairston -- who was a thorn in the Mariners' side all day -- struck again in the third, just missing his second home run in as many at-bats. Instead, he settled for an RBI double off the top of the left-field fence and the Dodgers took a 4-0 lead. James Loney extended that lead to 5-0, scoring Hairston with an RBI single. Hairston finished with a career-high five RBIs, along with two runs scored.
"Hairston killed us today, for the most part," Mariners starter Jason Vargas said. "The first home run he hit, I was trying to go in there and he made a good swing. The double he hit, I just left it over the middle. I was trying to go away. Other than that, they hit some good pitches and found some holes out there."
"Jerry did well all day," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He's batting fifth, so he can get his hits and drive in runs. He's a good hitter, he's a guy you want to keep rested, but he's been doing great for us and we've able to use him all over the diamond."
The Dodgers were able to chase Vargas (7-5) after six innings. The left-hander allowed five runs on nine hits, walking one and striking out three. It is Vargas' sixth straight appearance with a home run allowed.
A five-run lead was enough for Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw (5-3), who steadied himself after a Jesus Montero double put runners on second and third with just one out in the first. The southpaw struck out Justin Smoak and Kyle Seager -- both swinging -- to end the threat.
The strikeouts were the beginning of nine straight outs by Kershaw. The Mariners finally got to the reigning NL Cy Young winner when Smoak singled and Seager walked with one out in the fourth. Miguel Olivo followed by blasting a Kershaw offering into the Seattle bullpen in left-center field to cut into the lead, 5-3.
But that was the last time the Mariners would break through against Kershaw, as he didn't allow a hit through his final 3 2/3 innings. Dodgers relievers Ronald Belisario and Todd Coffey held the Mariners hitless in the final two innings.
Kershaw struck out 12 -- a season best -- with Chone Figgins and Alex Liddi accounting for three each.
"It doesn't have to be Kershaw, if you're throwing hard and you're locating pitches or making it tough on those borderline strikes up in the zone, it's pretty tough to get on top of with that velocity," said Brendan Ryan, who went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. "Some of them on the third-base side he kind of tugs, so it's not only 94 [mph], it's playing a little harder.
"Can't hit all of it, you just got to try to take away a couple of his pitches and not miss them when you get them. Even then, looking for the fastball, if it's on the black boring in, it's not easy. Another frustrating day, really."
Josh Liebeskind is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.