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Felix's pitching, Carp's clutch double topple Angels

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SEATTLE -- Two elements have been fairly consistent in Felix Hernandez's starts over the past couple seasons: He doesn't give up many runs and the Seattle Mariners don't score many for him.

Hernandez (13-11) got an unexpected reprieve Wednesday night as Mike Carp hit a two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning to present the Mariners ace with a 2-1 victory against the Los Angeles Angels.

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The loss prevented the Angels from gaining ground on first-place Texas in the AL West. The Rangers, who earlier lost to Tampa Bay 5-1, maintained a 3½-game lead.

Hernandez, who allowed five hits, issued one walk and struck out nine, held the one-run lead with a 1-2-3 ninth for his fifth complete game of the season and the 18th of his career.

Hernandez won last year's Cy Young Award with a record-low 13 wins. He has received one run of support or fewer in 23 of his 62 starts dating to the beginning of the 2010 season, despite the seventh-lowest ERA (3.54) among AL starters.

"I was real excited about sending Felix out there in the ninth," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "He's had some tough losses in low-scoring games in his career and this year, too.

"It's a big deal. He's our guy, a true ace -- not just a No. 1, a true ace. When he's out there he gives us a very good chance to win the ball game. Having said that, you've got to score some runs. Our guys stepped up and that means a great deal."

Hernandez dueled with Angels starter Dan Haren (13-8), who gave up five hits in his 7 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out seven.

At one point, Haren retired 15 consecutive batters. After a one-out double by Kyle Seager in the second, he didn't allow another baserunner until Franklin Gutierrez's one-out single in the seventh.

For eight-plus innings, it was a typical Hernandez-Haren matchup. The right-handers had opposed each other three times previously. Coming in, Hernandez was 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his three starts. Haren was 1-1 with a 0.83 ERA and 18 strikeouts.

"I go out there and do what I can. I haven't had the best of luck lately but it was a tough loss for the team," Haren said. "He's [Hernandez] got so many different pitches and different looks. He's young ... he's terrific."

Haren could not escape the eighth. With the Angels leading 1-0, the Mariners rallied with two outs. Gutierrez and Dustin Ackley singled, chasing Haren.

Left-hander Scott Downs entered and on a 2-1 pitch, Carp drilled his double to the base of the wall in left-center. That gave him 25 RBI in August, tying Danny Tartabull for the most by a rookie in any month.

Carp, a left-handed hitter, is hitting .349 with five home runs and 15 RBI against lefties this season.

"They still got to throw it over plate," Carp said. "I got a pitch I could hit. I had to do my job and get at least one run in. I got two."

Carp had a game-winning two-run homer Monday to beat the Angels 5-3.

Downs entered the game with 20 consecutive holds.

"He just got behind in the count and missed with a 2-1 sinker," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He left it up and more in the middle.

"Both of those [starters] threw terrific ball games," he added. "We didn't get much going offensively. We got one run. Against any lineup, you have to keep making pitches and Danny did for the most part. I think those guys battled, pitch by pitch. Hernandez came out on top with a heck of a pitcher's duel."

The Angels' run came in the third. Mike Trout opened with a single to center. Expecting a low-scoring game, Scioscia chose to manufacture a run. He had Jeff Mathis sacrifice Trout to second with a bunt.

Erick Aybar struck out, giving Hernandez 1,240 career strikeouts. That moved him ahead of Jamie Moyer for second place on the franchise strikeout list. Randy Johnson leads with 2,162.

Howie Kendrick followed with a two-out single through the left side. Trout scored without a throw.

Hernandez retired 16 of the last 17 batters.

"After that run, I kept putting zeros on the board to give us a chance late in the game," Hernandez said. "That's what we did."

When the Mariners took the lead, Hernandez especially wanted to close it out in the ninth. He struck out the first two batters then Mark Trumbo ended it with a flyball to the warning track in right.

"He's [Trumbo] got big-time power," he said. "I thought, 'No way, no way.' Finally, it ended."

Aybar had a bunt single in the eighth -- the team's major league-leading 34th -- to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

Ichiro Suzuki went hitless in his four at-bats, which ended his 13-game hitting streak.

Notes

  • NASCAR driver Kurt Busch threw out the first pitch.
  • Scioscia said that RHP Jerome Williams, who has had two strong starts, "definitely has pitched well enough to continue to start." He said the club will adjust the rotation over the final months to rest or move up starters.
  • The Mariners will bring up two and possibly three players Thursday when rosters expand. All three are likely to be pitchers. Wedge said two more players will be promoted when the minor-league seasons end.
  • RHP Ervin Santana (10-9, 3.24 ERA) takes the mound in the final game of the four-game series Thursday. He has worked at least seven innings in his past eight starts, going 6-1. He is 10-5 with a 3.68 ERA in 24 career starts against Seattle.
  • Seattle will start LHP Charlie Furbush, who is 2-3 with a 6.48 ERA in his six appearances since arriving in a July 30 trade with Detroit. In his first major-league start on July 4, when he was with the Tigers, he lost to the Angels 5-1.
 
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Felix Hernandez wins his 13th game of the year for Seattle, and moves into second place on the club's strikeout list. (AP)
Felix Hernandez wins his 13th game of the year for Seattle, and moves into second place on the club's strikeout list. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

M. Carp
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Seattle

F. Hernandez
IP 9.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 1
K 9
 

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Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Erick Aybar, SS4010011 .263
Howard Kendrick, 2B4011021 .297
Bobby Abreu, DH4000031 .252
Torii Hunter, RF4010020 .260
Mark Trumbo, 1B4010011 .258
Alberto Callaspo, 3B2000101 .279
Peter Bourjos, CF3000002 .278
Mike Trout, LF3110000 .250
Jeff Mathis, C2000000 .178
Totals3015119  
Batting
SH - Jeff Mathis (11)
RBI - Howard Kendrick (48)
2-OUT RBI - Howard Kendrick (19)
SB - Erick Aybar (27, 2nd base off Hernandez/Olivo), Torii Hunter (4, 2nd base off Hernandez/Olivo), Alberto Callaspo (7, 2nd base off Hernandez/Olivo)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Alberto Callaspo (12, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dan Haren (L,13-8) 7.2522170 3.16
Scott Downs (BS,2) 0.1100100 1.48
IBB - Olivo by Scott Downs
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 107-73, Scott Downs 10-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 7-10, Scott Downs 1-0
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 30, Scott Downs 3
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ichiro Suzuki, DH4000010 .273
Franklin Gutierrez, CF4110010 .229
Dustin Ackley, 2B3110110 .295
Mike Carp, 1B4022011 .300
Miguel Olivo, C3000101 .227
Kyle Seager, 3B4020002 .297
Casper Wells, RF3000001 .247
Brendan Ryan, SS3000004 .253
Trayvon Robinson, LF3000030 .261
Totals3126227  
Batting
2B - Mike Carp (12, Downs), Kyle Seager (7, Haren)
RBI - Mike Carp 2 (34)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Carp 2 (11)
Team LOB - 7
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felix Hernandez (W,13-11) 9511190 3.27
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 109-80
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 9-8
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 32
Game Information
Attendance - 18520
Game Time - 2:15
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt