LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have already proven they're more capable of living dangerously than last year's team.
They rallied for a 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners Tuesday night, winning it on Howie Kendrick's two-run single off Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning. It was the Dodgers' second victory this season when trailing after six innings. They pulled that off just twice all of last season.
How it happened: The Dodgers continued to fall behind early and they continued to come from behind. Seattle's Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz both hit home runs in the first inning and the Dodgers were behind 3-0 before they got a chance to bat. But David Huff, making a spot start, settled down and stuck around for a few more innings and the Dodgers made some headway against Hisashi Iwakuma. Two of the Dodgers' hottest hitters did damage, with Adrian Gonzalez mashing an RBI double and Alex Guerrero hitting a pinch-hit two-run home run. Seattle's bullpen held over the last three innings, with the Dodgers wasting a two-on, no-out chance in the seventh when Kendrick struck out and Yasmani Grandal hit into a double play.
What it means: The Dodgers have a little bit of offensive momentum going and they're starting to hit some good pitching, good signs.
Notable: Guerrero, who was on the fringes of the team's plans six weeks ago, continues to forge a role. The Cuban rookie is 5-for-10 with two home runs and eight RBIs, including a game-winner, in the past three games. ... In the third inning, Grandal lost the grip on his bat while striking out and it helicoptered into the Mariners' dugout. Everyone got out of the way in time and the bat ricocheted into the stands, falling harmlessly between seats. ... So far, Joc Pederson has been a “three true outcomes,” player. He walked and struck out Tuesday. In 32 plate appearances, Pederson has a home run, 12 strikeouts and four walks.