For all intents and purposes, the gam was over after three innings.
Lefty Eric Milton, (2-1), fresh off the disabled list, gave up four runs and seven hits (four for extra bases) in five innings, striking out seven and walking none. He retired the final eight batters he faced before leaving for a pinch-hitter.
The 33-year-old lefty, who made his first start after missing 17 games because of a back strain, was tagged with a run in the second when former Dodgers farmhand Franklin Gutierrez tripled in a run.
A second triple drove in a run in the third before Ichiro Suzuki led off with a single, Russell Branyan followed with his first triple of the season and Ken Griffey, Jr., blasted a shot into the right-field pavilion for his ninth homer of the season, his 55th in interleague play (one off the record) and 620th of his career—fifth on the all-time list.
The Dodgers spent one of the four hits Hernandez allowed them in the bottom of the inning and scored their only run.
Rafael Furcal, who singled in the first inning and was left at third base, beat out an infield hit to deep short, Orlando Hudson singled to move him to third base and he scored when Casey Blake hit a looping line drive to right field that Suzuki, who has earned a gold glove each of his eight seasons in the US, apparently lost the ball in the lights and it bounced off his leg for an error, Furcal trotting across the plate.
With two on and two out, Andre Ethier, who had three home runs and drove in six runs the night before, bounced softly to first bases, demonstrating again the windshield and the bug theory in baseball.
Hernandez retired his next 12 batters and 16 of his final 17 before Dave Ardsma worked around James Loney's double and Russell Martin's walk in the ninth inning. Hernandez finished with a 8-3 record and struck out nine while walking only one.
The young right-hander is 4-0 with a 0.85 ERA in seven starts -- including a two-hit shutout at San Diego -- since being knocked around by the Angels for six runs over 5.2 innings on May 19 at Seattle.
"He's one of a handful of pitchers in the game who can dominate like that," Los Angeles manager Joe Torre said. "You have to tip your hat to him."
Matt Kemp singled with two out in the seventh for the Dodgers fourth hit.
James McDonald worked two scoreless innings and Guillermo Mota and Brent Leach, who gave up a home run, finished the game.
The Dodgers have broken even in their last 10 games and dropped to 26-11 in their home games, still the best in the National League but trailing the Red Sox who are 25-10 at Fenway Park.
The Giants have lost two in a row and trail L.A. by eight games. However, Jim Tracy and his red hot Rockies have climbed into third place and are 8.5 behind.
In the rubber game of the series, RHP Hiroki Kuroda (2-3, 3.44 ERA) draws the start and is anxious to finally face fellow Japanese outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. Kuroda is coming of an 8.2 inning start against the White Sox during which he allowed two hits.
The Dodgers will face LHP Garrett Olson (2-2, 4.95 ERA) who allowed six runs in 5.1 innings against San Diego. This will be Olson's first career start against the Dodgers.
Score by Innings Seattle 013 000 001-5 Los Angeles 001 000 000-1 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Pierre lf 4 0 0 0 .323 Furcal ss 4 1 2 0 .242 Hudson 2b 4 0 1 0 .307 Blake 3b 3 0 0 0 .298 Ethier rf 4 0 0 0 .264 Loney 1b 4 0 1 0 .281 Martin c 3 0 0 0 .246 Kemp cf 4 0 1 0 .312 Ausmus ph 1 0 0 0 .000 McDonald p 0 0 0 0 .000 MJones p 1 0 0 0 .333 Mota p 0 0 0 0 .000 Leach p 0 0 0 0 .000 --------------------------------- Totals 33 1 5 0 Seattle 39 5 12 5 2B- Loney (15). LOB- Los Angeles 7, Seattle 8. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Milton (2-1) 5.0 7 4-4 0 7 3.80 McDonald 2.0 3 0-0 0 1 5.79 Mota 1.0 1 0-0 1 1 4.36 Leach 1.0 1 1-1 0 0 3.60 T- 2:48. Att- 50,847.Pitching Decisions Coming
Rumors are still swirling around Dodger Stadium that the club will make a trade before the deadline for another starter although Claudio Vargas, Jason Schmidt and Eric Stults are close to coming off the disabled list, which could make some interesting roster decisions in the near future.
Schmidt and Stults are scheduled to make at least one more minor-league start, so their fate won't be decided for at least another week. Schmidt pitched 7.1 scoreless innings for Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday.
Vargas, a six-year major-league veteran most recently with the New York Mets, figures to join the active roster this week and will pitch out of the bullpen.
Prospects Scott Elbert and Josh Lindblom were promoted from Double-A to Triple-A in the past week.
Struggling reliever Cory Wade was sent back to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room on the roster for Eric Milton, who came off the disabled list. Wade was 2-3 with a 5.88 ERA in 25 appearances and had been passed on the bullpen depth chart by Belisario and Ramon Troncoso.
Belisario Nailed for DWI
The Dodgers confirmed reliever Ronald Belisario was arrested after the first game of the Seattle series on suspicion of driving under the influence.
"Whenever a member of your organization is said to be in violation of the law, it is disappointing," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti by an e-mail from the public relations staff. "We will provide any help we can."
The right-hander, who pitched the final inning in the Dodgers victory over the Mariners on Friday, was on time and in the clubhouse Saturday well in advance of the game against the Mariners.
"I was driving to my apartment, talking on the telephone and they stopped me," Belisario told the Los Angeles Times. "Then they gave me the alcohol test and it was normal. They gave me a paper, said everything was normal. Everything's fine."
Dodger Blue Notes-- Manager Joe Torre was cautious when asked about Manny Ramirez's return. "I think he's going to help us," Torre said. "It may take some time for him to get organized for but it's going to make our lineup more formidable because he's that kind of threat in the middle of the lineup." Ramirez has three more days remaining on his minor-league assignment and is currently is playing for Single-A Inland Empire and was was 2-for-2 with a home run at Lake Elsinore, leading off as the DH.. The Dodgers are 27-19 during his absence, the best record in the majors since the ban was announced May 7. ...Loney's double in the ninth gave the Dodgers an extra-base hit in 35 consecutive games. ... The Dodgers have played five consecutive errorless games and their 31 errors are second-lowest in the league to Philadelphia's 27. ... A win over the Mariners today would give the Dodgers a 10-8 Interleague Play record this year and their first winning mark against the American League since 2004. ... James McDonald pitched two scoreless innings and Guillermo Mota pitched one. Mota has lowered his ERA from a high of 9.00 to 4.36. ...Adrian Beltré informed the club that he'll undergo surgery Tuesday in Los Angeles to have bone spurs removed from his troublesome left shoulder, which was operated on in September for the same reason. He's expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks. He hit 47 home runs during his seven-year Dodgers career. Beltré had a monster season for the Dodgers in 2004, hitting .334, leading the league with 48 home runs and knocking in 121. He was a free agent after the season and says the the Dodgers did not make him an offer to return. He will be going on the disabled list for the third time in his 12-year career and first time in five seasons with the Mariners. The two-time Gold Glove winner, who becomes a free agent at the end of the season, is batting .259 with five homers and 30 RBIs.