King Felix wins 3rd straight, Mariners top Astros

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Associated Press

Posted on May 24, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Updated Saturday, May 24 at 6:05 PM

SEATTLE (AP) — Felix Hernandez struck out nine over eight strong innings for his third straight victory, Willie Bloomquist hit his first home run since 2011, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 6-1 on Friday night.

Hernandez (6-1) allowed only five hits and continued a strong last two weeks on the mound. After going more than a month between victories, Hernandez has rediscovered his form. He has struck out 21 and walked just two over his last three starts.

Bloomquist drove in three runs, but the highlight was his two-run homer just inside the left-field foul pole in the sixth. It was his first long ball since Aug. 10, 2011, when Bloomquist was playing for Arizona, a span of 626 at-bats. Bloomquist's homer came on the first pitch after Mike Zunino had doubled off the top of the wall, missing a homer by inches.

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