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.