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.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – D Murphy 1
Team LOB – 3
E – N Swisher (7, field); T House (1, field)
Outfield assists – D Murphy
DP – 1 (J Kipnis-M Aviles-N Swisher)
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
DP – 1 (K Seager-L Morrison)
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 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.