Felix Hernandez Outduels Jon Lester, Mariners Gaining Ground


Perhaps it was a preview of the American League Wild-Card game. Perhaps it was just another day game in Oakland. Whatever you want to call it, Felix Hernandez was back at it Wednesday, allowing only three hits and a solo home run in 8 IP as the Mariners took the rubber game from the A’s 2-1.

It was a one-run, low-scoring game. But it was also a home run derby as Adam Dunn homered off Felix in the 4th to give the A’s the 1-0 lead.

But the Mariners got back-to-back solo shots off Lester from Kyle Seager and Corey Hart in the 7th to take the 2-1 lead. Seager was 3-for-4 on the day and with his 22nd homer of the season, set a new personal season-high.

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Fernando Rodney came in to close it out for Felix and unlike last night, left the drama at home. Rodney set down Josh Reddick, Josh Donaldson and Dunn in order to earn his 41st save of the season.

With the win, Seattle moves to within 3.5 games of Oakland for second place in the AL West and for the first wild-card spot.

The Angels, who lost Wednesday, are 8 games up on the Mariners in the division. The Tigers hold a half game lead over the M’s for the second wild-card spot after losing to Cleveland Wednesday.

The Mariners now head to Texas for a four-game series with the Rangers.




Austin JacksonCF400000102.269
Chris DenorfiaLF400000000.204
Robinson Canó2B401000100.321
Kendrys Morales1B400000100.224
Justin Smoak1B000000000.205
Kyle Seager3B413110002.278
Corey HartDH411110201.204
Mike ZuninoC401000001.199
Stefen RomeroRF301000101.199
James JonesPR-RF000000000.253
Chris TaylorSS301000002.311


2B – R Cano (31, J Lester); K Seager (27, J Lester); C Taylor (7, J Lester)

HR – K Seager (22, 7th inning off J Lester 0 on, 0 Out), C Hart (6, 7th inning off J Lester 0 on, 0 Out)

RBI – K Seager (85), C Hart (21)

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – A Jackson 1, K Seager 1

GIDP – M Zunino

Team LOB – 5


DP – 1 (M Zunino-C Taylor)


Sam FuldCF-LF400000101.252
Josh ReddickRF300001001.249
Josh Donaldson3B400000001.255
Adam DunnDH411110201.226
Brandon MossLF-1B300000100.242
Jed LowrieSS301000000.239
Stephen Vogt1B201000001.303
Craig GentryCF100000000.258
Derek NorrisC200001001.273
Eric Sogard2B200000101.220


HR – A Dunn (22, 4th inning off F Hernandez 0 on, 1 Out)

S – E Sogard

RBI – A Dunn (58)

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – J Reddick 1

Team LOB – 3


CS – D Norris (2, 2nd base by F Hernandez/M Zunino)


E – J Lowrie (12, throw)

Outfield assists – B Moss

DP – 1 (J Donaldson-E Sogard-B Moss)



Félix Hernández(W, 14-5)8.03112410.902.18
Fernando Rodney(SV, 41)1.00000101.292.51


Jon Lester(L, 13-10)8.07220521.102.54
Luke Gregerson1.01000100.982.36

Pitches-strikes – F Hernandez 102-63; F Rodney 8-6; J Lester 107-73; L Gregerson 11-8

Ground balls-fly balls – F Hernandez 11-7; F Rodney 1-1; J Lester 11-9; L Gregerson 2-0

Batters faced – F Hernandez 28; F Rodney 3; J Lester 31; L Gregerson 3

Game Details

Game Time: 2:20.

Umpires: HP–Dan Iassogna. 1B–Adam Hamari. 2B–Quinn Wolcott. 3B–CB Bucknor.

Weather: 67 degrees, Clear.

Wind: 6 mph, Out to Right.

Attendance: 17,073.