Felix impressive in Mariners' win over Padres

Felix impressive in Mariners' win over Padres

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Felix impressive in Mariners' win over Padres

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on June 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 24 at 4:04 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Felix Hernandez pitched seven impressive innings and hit a two-run double to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 5-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.

Hernandez (5-5) turned in his second strong outing, limiting the Padres to one run and six hits. The right-hander struck out 10 and walked one. His only blemish was a balk that brought home San Diego's only run in the first inning.

Hernandez's two-out, two-run double in the second capped a three-run inning in which all the runs were unearned due to second baseman Logan Forsythe's error.

Hernandez turned in his second consecutive strong outing after surrendering one run in seven innings of Sunday's 2-1 win over San Francisco. In his previous six starts, Hernandez had an ERA of 6.37.

Michael Saunders hit a solo homer for Seattle, which has belted eight home runs and scored 32 runs in the first five games of its road trip.

The Padres, who had 11 hits in Friday night's 9-5 win, were held in check by Hernandez, who won for the first time since May 21 against Texas.

Seattle's pitching staff had surrendered 39 runs through the first four games on the trip before Hernandez showed the form that won him the 2010 AL Cy Young Award.

Hernandez ran into trouble in the first inning when he gave up a one-out single to Cameron Maybin, who went to third on Chase

Headley's double. Hernandez was then called for a balk on a pickoff throw to first base, allowing Maybin to score.

Hernandez then shut down the Padres. He got an inning-ending double play with runners at first and third in the fourth. In the seventh, with runners on first and third, pinch hitter Mark Kotsay hit a hard liner to second baseman Dustin Ackley, who doubled the runner off second to end the inning.

Jason Marquis (1-3) allowed five runs -- two earned -- and six hits in seven innings. Marquis was coming off a career-high tying 10 strikeout performance.

Saunders got the Mariners' second-inning rally going with a one-out single. After a walk to Justin Smoak, Ackley hit a grounder to Forsythe, but his throw to shortstop Everth Cabrera bounced in the dirt.

Brendan Ryan then grounded out to score one run before Hernandez, who hadn't batted this season, hit the first pitch down the right-field line to break a 1-1 tie.

Hernandez came into the game with a career batting average of .125 (3 for 24), although one of his hits was a grand slam.

Notes: Hernandez has struck out at least 10 batters 18 times, two this season. ... This was the second straight game that an error by Forsythe led to unearned runs. On Friday, he mishandled Ichiro Suzuki's groundball in the first inning before Franklin Gutierrez homered. . San Diego had its four-game winning streak over the Mariners this season snapped. . Seattle has hit 51 homers in 42 road games, second to the New York Yankees. . Mariners RHP Hector Noesi (2-8, 5.69) will face Padres right-hander Edinson Volquez (3-7, 4.11) in the finale of the three-game series on Sunday.

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