Hernandez, Mariners shut down A's, 3-1 - NBC Sports

Hernandez, Mariners shut down A's, 3-1
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Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game on Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
April 5, 2014, 6:52 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Felix Hernandez took a shutout into the ninth inning, Dustin Ackley and Abraham Almonte hit home runs and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 Saturday.

Hernandez (2-0) retired the first 11 batters on the way to his 16th career win over the Athletics, his most against any team. Hernandez walked one and struck out eight while allowing a run on six hits over 8 1/3 innings.

Fernando Rodney got the final two outs to record his first save with the Mariners. Robinson Cano had two hits.

Dan Straily (0-1) allowed three runs on six hits over his six innings. He walked one and struck out seven.

Straily carried a shutout into the fifth inning before Ackley's towering two-run shot gave the Mariners a 2-0 lead. With two outs, Almonte drove Straily's 1-0 pitch even deeper into the right field bleachers.

The way Hernandez was pitching, the run support was more than enough.

Jed Lowrie, who hit a home run leading off the ninth, broke up Hernandez's no-hit bid with a two-out single in the fourth.

Brandon Moss, who had two hits, followed with a bloop double but Hernandez struck out Yoenis Cespedes on three pitches.

Coco Crisp tripled with one out in the sixth but was stranded there when Josh Donaldson struck out and Lowrie popped out.

Hernandez improved his record to 67-3 when going at least seven innings and allowing three or fewer runs.

The Mariners pitching staff extended their club record season-opening streak to allowing three or fewer runs to five.

Hernandez, who turns 28 on Tuesday, ranks fourth on the all-time list with 1,722 strikeouts before the age of 28 behind Sam McDowell, Bert Blyleven and Walter Johnson.

NOTES: RHP Sonny Gray (0-0, 0.00) will start Sunday's series finale against the Mariners. He's working on a 13-inning scoreless streak dating to last year after pitching six innings in the season opener. . Erasmo Ramnirez (1-0, 2.57) starts for the Mariners. He gave up two runs on six hits over seven innings in his first start. . Cano is batting .342 (27 for 79) in his last 19 games in Oakland. . The A's first four games averaged 3 hours, 29 minutes. . Hernandez is 5-0 in his last 10 games in Oakland. . Cespedes, who has hit 10 homers against Seattle pitching, hit a ball into the left field bleachers in the ninth that curved foul a pitch before flying out to right.

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