Gavin Stone records first career save, Dodgers beat Seattle

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Gavin Stone throws to a Seattle Mariners batter during the ninth...
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Gavin Stone throws to a Seattle Mariners batter during the ninth inning a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023, in Seattle. The Dodgers won 6-1.(AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Published: Sep. 17, 2023 at 7:13 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2023 at 7:30 PM CDT
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SEATTLE (KAIT) - Gavin Stone recorded his first save in his young MLB career, striking out five over the final three and a third innings as the Dodgers completed the sweep, beating Seattle 6-1 Sunday night at T-Mobile Park.

The Riverside & UCA alum allowed three baserunners -- two walks and one hit -- but limited damage and didn’t allow a run. He entered with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Los Angeles leading 5-1. He allowed a hit to Ty France but got the next batter to line out to first base to strand two runners on.

He allowed two more baserunners in the seventh with two walks, but worked his way out of danger with a fielder’s choice, a strikeout and a flyout.

Stone settled in after that, retiring the final six batters he faced. The 24-year-old ended his outing on a high note, striking out the side on 13 pitches in the ninth inning to secure his first save and his first scoreless outing in his career.

As the playoffs loom closer, Stone hopes to carve out a spot on the playoff roster. He’s pitched 26.2 innings this season, with his most recent stint on the major league roster going better than his first. In three games since the All-Star break, Stone has struck out 9 batters to just three walks, surrendering 11 runs in 14.2 innings.

The full recap from the Associated Press can be found below.

SEATTLE (AP) — Jason Heyward, Austin Barnes and James Outman homered to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-1 win against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.

Heyward also had a double, single and two RBIs, and Amed Rosario was a homer shy of the cycle as the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep one day after clinching the NL West title.

J.P. Crawford had two hits and drove in the only run for the Mariners, who have lost seven of nine in the midst of a playoff race.

Seattle fell 2 1/2 games behind first-place Houston in the AL West, and is a game behind Texas for the final American League wild card.

The Dodgers had several of their regulars out of the lineup after clinching the division with an extra-inning win Saturday night. Even so, Los Angeles still jumped out to an early lead.

Heyward hit a solo homer in the first inning, his 15th, and added a run-scoring single in the fourth. Barnes’ second homer of the season was a two-run shot in the second, giving Los Angeles a 4-0 lead. Outman finished the scoring with his 21st homer leading off the eighth.

The Dodgers also got a strong pitching performance from left-hander Ryan Yarbrough (8-6), who held the Mariners to one run in 4 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts. Yarbrough came on in the second following opener Shelby Miller, and Gavin Stone entered with two outs in the sixth and closed out the game for a save, giving up one hit.

Seattle starter Logan Gilbert (13-6) struggled, giving up five runs on seven hits in five innings.


Dodgers who didn’t play included Mookie Betts, Max Muncy and Freddie Freeman. It was the first time this season Freeman wasn’t in the starting lineup at first base. He also didn’t miss a game last year until the Dodgers clinched the division crown.


Dodgers: RHP Lance Lynn (11-11, 5.94 ERA) will start the opener of a three-game home series against Detroit. Lynn is 5-2 since being traded from the White Sox at the deadline. He allowed two runs in seven innings last time out against the Padres.

Mariners: Travel to Oakland for a three-game series starting Monday. RHP Bryan Woo (3-4, 4.16 ERA) will start. The rookie threw six scoreless innings in his last start against the Athletics on Aug. 28.