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Dodgers Walk-Off Again Despite Early M's Homers

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Nelson Cruz hit a home run for the fourth straight game but the Dodgers won in walk-off fashion again. (Photo: Mariners) Nelson Cruz hit a home run for the fourth straight game but the Dodgers won in walk-off fashion again. (Photo: Mariners)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Howie Kendrick had a game-winning two-run single in the ninth against Seattle closer Fernando Rodney to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-5 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday night.

Rodney (0-1), who led the majors last season with 48 saves, was charged with his first blown save in three attempts. Justin Turner started the rally with a leadoff single, took third on Jimmy Rollins' single and was erased in a rundown after third baseman Kyle Seager fielded Carl Crawford's single.

Adrian Gonzalez walked to load the bases and Kendrick slapped the next pitch the other way to right field to give the Dodgers their second walkoff win in two nights. On Monday, Alex Guerrero gave the Dodgers a 6-5 win with a bases-loaded RBI single in the 10th inning.

Yimi Garcia (2-0) recorded his second big league victory in as many nights with a perfect ninth inning.

Nelson Cruz homered for the fourth straight game to match the longest streak of his career and Robinson Cano hit his first home run of the season for the Mariners. Starter Hisashi Iwakuma allowed four runs and six hits in five innings, struck out five and walked three.

David Huff gave up four runs and seven hits through four innings in his Dodgers debut. The left-hander, who signed as a free agent in January, made his first start since Sept. 29, 2013 with the New York Yankees.

Guerrero, who hit his first major league home run on Sunday, pinch-hit for Huff in the fourth and cut Seattle's lead to 4-3 with a homer to left-center after a two-out walk to Joc Pederson.

But Juan Nicasio walked three of his first four batters in the fifth after relieving Huff, and Cruz scored the Mariners' fifth run on a groundout by Willie Bloomquist.

Andre Ethier got the defending NL West champions a run closer in the sixth with his first homer of the season, a drive just inside the right field pole on Iwakuma's 95th and final pitch.

Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon brought in right-hander Charlie Furbush in the seventh to face lefty-swinging Crawford and Gonzalez, and both singled to open the inning. But Yoervis Medina came on and struck out Kendrick before retiring Yasmani Grandal on a double-play grounder.

Cruz, who signed a four-year, $47 million, contract with the Mariners in December after leading the majors with a career-high 40 homers last season for Baltimore, drove a 3-2 pitch over the glove of a leaping Crawford at the left field fence in the first after a two-run shot to right by Cano.

Twenty of the Mariners' first 28 runs this season had come on homers before Rickie Weeks increased their lead to 4-1 in the fourth with a two-out RBI single.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: Felix Hernandez, whose second start of the season on Sunday at Oakland ended after five innings because of tightness in his right quadriceps, will throw a side session on Wednesday before it is determined if he can make his scheduled outing against Texas Saturday at Safeco Field. The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner and five-time All-Star pitched at least 200-innings in each of the previous seven seasons. "He played catch yesterday and felt fine," McClendon said. "I don't foresee any setbacks tomorrow, but I just want to cover myself."

Dodgers: RF Yasiel Puig did not play because of tightness in his left hamstring, following his second consecutive game with a home run. He felt discomfort rounding first base on his single in the seventh inning.

UP NEXT:

Mariners: RHP Taijuan Walker (0-1) was 4-0 in spring training, allowing just two earned runs over 27 innings before surrendering nine runs and nine hits in 3 1-3 innings last Friday at Oakland in his first start of the season.

Dodgers: LHP Brett Anderson (0-0) threw 94 pitches over six innings in a no-desision at Arizona last Friday, which was the sixth anniversary of his major league debut with Oakland. This will be his first career start at Dodger Stadium. His seven career wins against Seattle are the most he's had against any opponent.

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