Jerry Hairston Jr. doubles into deep left field for one of his five RBI during… (Otto Greule Jr. / Getty Images )
Questions about a second consecutive no-hitter ended with the first batter, a second shutout in the first inning and the health of Clayton Kershaw’s sore foot … well for now, it appeared plenty healthy.
Jerry Hairston Jr. drove in five runs and Kershaw struck out 12 in his seven innings as the Dodgers put the memory of the previous night’s no-hitter out of mind with a 8-3 victory over the Mariners in Seattle.
That’s half as many RBIs as Hairston had entering the game. His five RBIs were a career high.
After being no-hit by a record-tying six pitchers against the Mariners on Friday, Dee Gordon led off Saturday’s game by beating out the infield hit he wasn’t given credit for in the ninth inning on Friday night.
Seattle left-hander Jason Vargas walked Andre Ethier to set up Hairston for a three-run home run. For the versatile Hairston, batting fifth Saturday, it was just his second home run of the season.
Kershaw was given a 5-0 lead in the third inning after Elian Herrera singled, stole second and scored on the first of Hairston’s two RBI doubles. Hairston followed a Juan Rivera hit in the eighth inning with his second RBI double, this one off reliever Hisashi Iwakuma.
Kershaw, who revealed after his last start he has been battling plantar fasciitis in his left foot the past few weeks, held the Mariners scoreless until giving up a three-run homer to Miguel Olivo in the fourth inning. He said the foot only bothers him when he runs.
Kershaw (5-3) gave uip only four hits in his seven innings, but needed 117 pitches to get it done. He walked two to go along with his season-high 12 strikeouts.
Ronald Belisario and Todd Coffey each threw a scoreless inning to wrap it up for the Dodgers.
Vargas (7-5) went six innings for the Mariners, surrendering five runs on nine hits.
The Dodgers finished the evening with 14 more hits than they had Friday.
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