No-hitter momentum fleeting for Mariners
SEATTLE (AP) Any Mariners' momentum from Friday night's no-hitter was fleeting.
Dee Gordon singled leading off the first inning to end the hitless streak, and the Los Angeles Dodgers got 13 more hits during an 8-3 win over Seattle on Saturday.
"Hairston killed us today, for the most part," Vargas said.
Vargas entered tied for second in the AL in wins. His outing was mixed.
"Except for that first and third, I felt we executed and kept in the game," Vargas said. "But you give Kershaw a lead like that after the third inning, you've got your work cut out for you."
Vargas gave up five runs and nine hits in six innings.
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 May 25.
"I've been feeling pretty good for a while," Hairston said. "The biggest thing is I just want to make sure I have good at bats. "
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. His main error came on a fourth-inning slider to Miguel Olivo that stayed flat. Oliver hit his fifth home run of the season, a three-run drive.
In Kershaw's previous outing, he gave up a two-run homer to Philadelphia's Placido Polanco.
"I wish my mistakes didn't go over the fence right now and cost me three runs," Kershaw said, not quite remembering correctly. "I don't care about giving up home runs, but they just can't be three-run homers."
After stumbling 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.
Kershaw recorded seven of his first nine outs with strikeouts. By the end of the fourth inning, Kershaw had struck out nine Mariners, matching his season-high.
When faced with Olivo again in the sixth, Kershaw fell behind 2-0 with a runner on first. Olivo couldn't come through, however, fouling out near first. Seattle managed only four hits.
"He was able to get another gear when he needed to," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.
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.
NOTES: A day after leaving his start following six innings because of a groin injury, Kevin Millwood had an MRI that Wedge said "didn't show anything serious." Wedge labeled Millwood day to day. ... Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen is determining what to do with the ball from the final out of Friday night's combined no-hitter. Wilhelmsen said he has it in a "safe place" and isn't sure how to divide it among the six pitchers who no-hit the Dodgers. ... Wedge said Felix Hernandez is on schedule to start Tuesday against the Padres. Hernandez has been experiencing back pain, which caused him to take extra time between starts.
Updated June 10, 2012