Felix Hernandez Returns The Favor, One Hits Indians

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A day after being one-hit by the Cleveland Indians, Felix Hernandez allowed only one hit to the Tribe over 8 IP while striking out nine as the Seattle Mariners took the rubber match Sunday 3-0.

Robinson Cano provided the offense, breaking out of a mini-slump, with a 2-run homer in the 6th. He would add another hit and later score in the 8th. Fernando Rodney pitched a perfect 9th for his 23rd save, which is tied for the American League lead.

The Mariners collected 10 hits a day after being held to one as every starter but Stefen Romero collected at least one hit – Kyle Seager and Cano had two. Romero was optioned back to Triple-A Tacoma after the game to make room for Taijuan Walker who will start today in Houston.

It was the 10th win of the season for Hernandez as he lowered his ERA to 2.10, tied with Masahiro Tanaka for tops in the AL. It was the first time the Mariners had one-hit an opponent since Hernandez and Steve Delabar did it to the Twins May 5, 2012.

BOX SCORE

Batting

Cleveland

 
ABRHRBIHRBBKSBLOBAVG
Michael BournCF400000100.272
Jason Kipnis2B400000200.249
Michael BrantleyLF300001000.318
Carlos SantanaDH200001001.207
Lonnie Chisenhall3B301000000.350
David MurphyRF300000202.244
Nick Swisher1B200001100.193
George KottarasC300000301.353
Mike AvilésSS300000100.261
Totals27010031004

Batting

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – D Murphy 1

Team LOB – 3

Fielding

E – N Swisher (7, field); T House (1, field)

Outfield assists – D Murphy

DP – 1 (J Kipnis-M Aviles-N Swisher)

Seattle

 
ABRHRBIHRBBKSBLOBAVG
Willie BloomquistSS401000102.275
Michael SaundersCF-RF411000302.266
Robinson Canó2B422210001.319
Kyle Seager3B402000000.277
Mike ZuninoC301101100.225
Logan Morrison1B401000204.232
Stefen RomeroRF300000001.196
James JonesCF000000000.275
John BuckDH301000000.224
Dustin AckleyPR-DH000000000.218
Cole GillespieLF201000000.257
Totals313103117010

Batting

HR – R Cano (5, 6th inning off T House 1 on, 0 Out)

S – C Gillespie

RBI – R Cano 2 (45), M Zunino (28)

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – M Saunders 1, L Morrison 2

GIDP – L Morrison

Team LOB – 6

Fielding

DP – 1 (K Seager-L Morrison)

Pitching

Cleveland

 
IPHRERBBKHRWHIPERA
T.J. House(L, 0-2)6.07221511.514.54
John Axford1.00000201.643.69
Marc Rzepczynski1.03110001.533.99

Seattle

 
IPHRERBBKHRWHIPERA
Félix Hernández(W, 10-2)8.01003900.922.10
Fernando Rodney(SV, 23)1.00000101.242.23

Pitches-strikes – T House 87-58; J Axford 8-7; M Rzepczynski 13-9; F Hernandez 107-64; F Rodney 10-7

Ground balls-fly balls – T House 12-3; J Axford 0-0; M Rzepczynski 2-1; F Hernandez 9-4; F Rodney 1-0

Batters faced – T House 26; J Axford 3; M Rzepczynski 4; F Hernandez 27; F Rodney 3

Game Details

Game Time: 2:17.

Umpires: HP–Brian O’Nora. 1B–Adam Hamari. 2B–Doug Eddings. 3B–Marvin Hudson.

Weather: 65 degrees, Cloudy.

Wind: 4 mph, Left to Right.

Attendance: 26,171.

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