Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 5, Mariners 2


LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers won a game on the anniversary of their franchise's most historic moment, beating the Seattle Mariners 5-2 on Jackie Robinson Day to finish a three-game sweep.

Major League Baseball made Wednesday into an event, inviting dignitaries such as commissioner Rob Manfred, Robinson's widow -- Rachel -- and league executive Frank Robinson to celebrate the annual Civil Rights game, the first at Dodger Stadium.

How it happened: Seattle's promising young right-hander, Taijuan Walker, didn't seem to know where the ball was going and the Dodgers made him pay for his shaky command. For only the second time this season, the Dodgers scored first, jumping out to a 5-0 lead by the third inning. Walker walked four batters and hit another. Andre Ethier, Scott Van Slyke, Adrian Gonzalez and Joc Pederson all had run-scoring hits. Brett Anderson had his sinker working early and cruised until Nelson Cruz clobbered a long home run to center off him in the fourth. That was Nelson's fourth home run in this series. Seattle was clawing back into it when veteran Robinson Cano made a big base-running blunder, losing track of how many men were on base. The Dodgers tagged him out after he started jogging toward home, apparently thinking Logan Morrison's walk came with the bases loaded.

What it means: The Dodgers swept their first interleague series of 2015 and are averaging six runs a game in their last four.

Notable: Rookie center fielder Joc Pederson had three walks, one of which was intentional, and has a .444 on-base percentage, 19th in the majors. ... Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has been using Paco Rodriguez as his one-batter lefty, but after Cano's blunder, he let him face four batters and Rodriguez pitched a scoreless inning. ... Ethier was supposed to be expendable, but with injuries to Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford, the veteran is getting a chance to play and he's gone 6-for-15 with a double, triple and home run in the last five games. ... Adrian Gonzalez has reached base safely at least twice in each of his first nine games this year. The last Dodger to do that? Robinson in 1952.

Up next: The Dodgers are off Thursday before opening a three-game series against the first-place Colorado Rockies Friday.