MLB Game Summary - LA Dodgers at Seattle|
(Sunday, June 10th)
Final Score: LA Dodgers 8, Seattle 2
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Chad Billingsley tossed seven solid innings of
one-run ball and the Los Angeles Dodgers thumped the Seattle Mariners, 8-2, in
the finale of a three-game interleague series at Safeco Field.
Billingsley (4-4) allowed just two hits and three walks while fanning eight in
the victory. Scott Elbert and Jamey Wright combined for a scoreless eighth and
Shawn Tolleson allowed a run in the ninth, but closed it out for the win.
"He was good, he was aggressive today," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of
Billingsley. "In games like this in the past he's had some trouble when he
gets a big lead and kind of seems to stay back, but today he was aggressive
and I felt he was on the attack."
Andre Ethier smoked a grand slam, while James Loney and Adam Kennedy added RBI
singles for the National League-leading Dodgers, who have won six of their
last seven games.
Kyle Seager crushed a solo home run and Michael Saunders had an RBI double for
the M's, who dropped two of three in this series.
Blake Beavan (3-6) was hammered for six runs on five hits and two walks in
just two innings of work.
The M's jumped out to the early lead with a run in their first at-bat courtesy
of a solo shot over the wall in right from Seager, but the Dodgers responded
with six runs in the second inning to take the lead for good.
Bobby Abreu started the inning with a double and Kennedy walked three batters
later to put men on the corners with two outs. Tony Gwynn Jr. ripped a run-
scoring single into center and Dee Gordon followed with an RBI base hit to
make it 2-1 Los Angeles.
Elian Herrera walked to load the bases and Ethier brought everybody home with
a moon shot grand slam deep into the right-field seats to put the Dodgers
comfortably ahead, 6-1.
The Dodgers added two more runs in the eighth when Loney brought home Abreu
from second with a base hit into right field and Kennedy followed two batters
later with a run-scoring single for a seven-run Dodgers lead.
Justin Smoak began the Mariners ninth with a solid base hit to right and
hustled all the way around to score on Saunders' double into center field to
cap the scoring.
"Billingsley threw a good ball game," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "He
had a great feel for his breaking ball and did a good job with his fastball,
particularly working down and then elevating. "He he did a good job against
us, but I didn't feel like we did a very good job. We've proven that we're a
lot better than that when we get to swinging the bats like were capable."
Beavan has allowed 17 earned runs in his last three starts...The Dodgers won
their first series against Seattle since sweeping a three-game set July 9-11,
1999...It was Ethier's fourth career grand slam...Saunders has hit safely in
10 of his last 12 games...Mariners catcher Jesus Montero had his six-game
hitting streak snapped...Los Angeles went 5-for-9 with runners in scoring
06/10 21:10:09 ET