Struggles continue for Mariners offense in 8-2 loss
SEATTLE — Andre Ethier awakened from a recent slump with his fourth career grand slam to cap a six-run second inning and Chad Billingsley pitched the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Seattle Mariners 8-2 on Sunday.
Shut down by six pitchers in Seattle’s third no-hitter Friday night, the Dodgers rebounded to win the final two games of the interleague series.Billingsley (4-4) won his second straight decision, giving up two hits and a solo homer to Kyle Seager in seven strong innings. The right-hander struck out eight and walked three, the third time in four starts that he has struck out eight.
He got all the offense he needed on one swing from Ethier, who had just one hit in his previous 27 at-bats before smacking a 3-2 fastball from starter Blake Beavan (3-6) into the right-field seats with two outs in the second.
Ethier’s first grand slam since Aug. 11, 2011, against Colorado increased his National League-leading RBI total to 52.
After the Mariners threw the 10th combined no-hitter in major league history Friday night, the Dodgers didn’t stop hitting during the final two days of their first visit to the Pacific Northwest in a dozen years. Los Angeles racked up 14 hits in Saturday’s 8-3 victory and added another 11 on Sunday.
The Dodgers’ big inning began with Bobby Abreu’s leadoff double, but Beavan retired James Loney on a flyout and A.J. Ellis on a popout. Beavan’s problems started when he issued a walk to Adam Kennedy on a 3-2 pitch, then left a two-strike pitch over the middle of the plate to Tony Gwynn Jr., who lined an RBI single into center.
Dee Gordon followed with a single to score Kennedy and give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. Elian Herrera walked on a 3-1 pitch before Ethier’s grand slam.
The six-run inning matched the Dodgers’ largest this season. They also scored six times in one inning against Colorado on May 13.
Loney and Kennedy each added an RBI single in the eighth off reliever Brandon League, who gave up four straight hits and struggled after getting two key outs during Friday’s no-hitter.
Abreu doubled twice, raising his batting average to .326 in 32 games with the Dodgers.
Seager’s homer in the first was his eighth of the season and his 24th two-out RBI — he leads the American League in that category. Justin Smoak led off the second with a soft single, but Billingsley retired 18 of the next 21 batters, issuing only a trio of walks.
Dustin Ackley singled with one out in the eighth off reliever Scott Elbert for Seattle’s first hit since the second inning. Michael Saunders added an RBI double in the ninth.
Seattle is still not sure if RHP Kevin Millwood will be able to make his next start. Millwood left Friday night’s combined no-hitter before the start of the seventh inning with a mild groin strain. Manager Eric Wedge said it doesn’t appear serious, but the Mariners will make a more firm decision on Tuesday. … Dodgers 3B Juan Uribe is expected to rejoin the team Monday, but the club is not sure when he’ll be activated from the disabled list. Uribe has been out since May 13 with a sore left wrist. He’s been on a rehab assignment with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.