Posted on June 9, 2012 at 10:11 PM
SEATTLE (AP) -- A day after getting no-hit by the Mariners, the Los Angeles Dodgers rebounded to beat Seattle 8-3 Saturday as Jerry Hairston Jr. had a career-best five RBIs and Clayton Kershaw struck out a season-high 12.
Hairston had three of the Dodgers' 14 hits, putting Los Angeles ahead with a three-run homer in the first against Jason Vargas (7-5). He added RBI doubles in the third off Vargas and in the eighth against Lucas Luetge.
After missing 16 games with a left hamstring strain, Hairston is hitting .426 with five doubles and 11 RBIs since he was activated from the disabled list on May 25.
Kershaw (5-3), the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, allowed three runs and four hits in seven innings and struck out the side in the first.
Vargas gave up five runs and nine hits in six innings. A day earlier, six pitchers combined to no-hit Los Angeles.
After struggling through a 33-pitch first, Vargas fell behind 5-0 in the third when Hairston doubled in a run and scored on James Loney's single. Vargas' pitch count was up to 66 by the end of the inning.
After getting seven of his first nine outs with strikeouts, Kershaw gave up a three-run homer to Miguel Olivo in the fourth, his fifth home run of the season.
With a runner on first in the sixth, Kershaw fell behind Olivo 2-0 before getting him to foul out near first.
Dee Gordon stole two bases, raising his season total to 16. He pulled off a double steal with Tony Gwynn Jr. in the ninth, allowing Gwynn Jr. to score on a fielder's choice. Juan Rivera followed with a sacrifice fly.