Franklin, King Felix help Mariners top Astros 12-5

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Associated Press

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 22 at 9:34 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — Nick Franklin hit his first career grand slam in Seattle's big second inning to back up a scoreless start by Felix Hernandez, and the Mariners rolled past the Houston Astros 12-5 on Sunday for their season-best sixth straight victory.

Franklin's slam, Seattle's fifth this season, came off Jordan Lyles (4-4) in a seven-run second.

Hernandez (11-4) scattered four hits with seven strikeouts over six innings to lower his AL-leading ERA to 2.43. He is 6-0 in his last 10 starts and hasn't lost since May 25.

Brad Miller, Dustin Ackley and Michael Saunders drove in two runs each to help the Mariners wrap up a three-game sweep.

Lyles yielded eight hits and 10 runs, with a career-high nine earned, in four-plus innings to lose his third straight decision.

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