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DETROIT -- Felix Hernandez couldn't recall struggling to throw strikes as much as he did early on Wednesday night.
That's probably because Hernandez walked three in the first inning for the first time in his major league career.
"This is not a good lineup to get behind in the count," Hernandez said. "But then I started to get lucky."
He also was pretty good.
Hernandez (2-1) gave up a solo homer to Brennan Boesch in the third -- and not much else. The right-hander yielded four hits and all of his free passes were in the first.
Rookie Alex Liddi gave Hernandez enough run support by himself.
Liddi hit a two-run homer in the third inning to chase the first of two pitchers with a swing of his surprising bat. His second homer in as many days ended Adam Wilk's night after he got just six outs. Liddi's single in the sixth loaded the bases and finished rookie reliever Thad Weber.
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Collin Balester induced three flyouts, but walked in a run to make it 9-1.
"It feels good to hit the home runs, but winning both games makes it better," Liddi said.
Seattle has won two straight after losing four in a row.
The Tigers have lost five of six after starting 9-3.
"People are beating up on us -- and enjoying it," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "Sooner or later, we'll get tired of it. None of us are doing enough good things right now."
Wilk (0-3) allowed six runs and eight hits in just two-plus innings. The rookie gave up just two runs in each of his first two starts. He was sent to Triple-A Toledo after the game and Brayan Villarreal was called up to take his place on the roster. Leyland said he didn't know who would take Wilk's spot in the rotation Monday against Kansas City
Hernandez got out of his only jam in the first inning. He got Alex Avila to ground out to second baseman Dustin Ackley, who bobbled the ball, but scooped it up and threw to first in time to get the slow-footed catcher to strand three runners.
"He was good when he needed to be," Leyland said. "We had a chance to get him in the first inning, and we didn't take it. You aren't going to get many chances against him."
Hernandez has won nine straight decisions against the Tigers since losing to them in 2006. The Tigers led off the third, fourth and fifth innings with hits, but scored only once on Boesch's third homer of the season.
"We had a great chance against him in the first inning and we got nothing," said Detroit's Delmon Young, who drew the third walk off Hernandez said. "After that, he had a lead and he didn't have to give us anything to hit."
Seattle matched its season high with 15 hits a day after setting it with 15 against the Tigers - just days after Phil Humber of the Chicago White Sox threw baseball's 21st perfect game against the Mariners.
"It's been a lot of fun to watch these guys the last couple of days after a tough week," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.
Detroit's sluggers were shut down. Prince Fielder avoided a hitless night with a single in the ninth inning. Miguel Cabrera went 0 for 4 with two warning-track flyouts.
"Usually, if he doesn't get a hit it's a near miss," Wedge said.
And, no one on the team that began the season with a highly touted lineup had more than one hit until Ramon Santiago hit a two-out single in the ninth to load the bases, only to have Don Kelly end the game with a popup.
Hernandez's nine-game winning streak against the Tigers is the longest by a pitcher against them since Minnesota's Brad Radke won 12 straight from 2000-2004. ... Ex-Tigers RHP Jeremy Bonderman, who hasn't pitched since 2010, had elbow-ligament replacement surgery Tuesday in the hopes of making a comeback next spring. ... Mariners OF Mike Carp, on the DL with a sprained right shoulder, could be in the lineup within a week. ... Detroit RHP Doug Fister, on the DL with a rib muscle strain, threw off the mound and RHP Luis Marte, on the DL with a strained left hamstring, played long toss before the game.
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|Dustin Ackley, 2B||6||1||3||3||0||0||4||.263|
|Brendan Ryan, SS||4||0||0||1||1||1||4||.174|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||5||1||3||0||0||0||2||.316|
|Justin Smoak, 1B||4||1||0||0||1||0||4||.190|
|Jesus Montero, C||5||1||3||2||0||1||2||.281|
|Alex Liddi, 3B||5||1||2||2||0||1||3||.375|
|Miguel Olivo, DH||5||1||1||0||0||0||3||.164|
|Michael Saunders, CF||4||1||2||1||1||1||0||.250|
|Casper Wells, LF||4||2||1||0||1||1||3||.278|
|2B - Dustin Ackley (4, Weber), Ichiro Suzuki (4, Weber), Casper Wells (3, Weber)|
|HR - Alex Liddi (2, Wilk)|
|SF - Brendan Ryan (1)|
|RBI - Dustin Ackley 3 (9), Brendan Ryan (4), Jesus Montero 2 (11), Alex Liddi 2 (5), Michael Saunders (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dustin Ackley (1), Jesus Montero (5)|
|SB - Michael Saunders (3, 2nd base off Weber/Avila)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Liddi-Ackley-Smoak, Ryan-Ackley-Smoak|
|PB - Jesus Montero (1)|
|Felix Hernandez (W,2-1)||7||4||1||1||3||2||1||2.48|
|Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 92-53, Lucas Luetge 10-8, Erasmo Ramirez 24-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 6-11, Erasmo Ramirez 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 26, Lucas Luetge 4, Erasmo Ramirez 6|
|Austin Jackson, CF||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.261|
|Brennan Boesch, RF||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.213|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.290|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.328|
|Delmon Young, DH||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.254|
|Alex Avila, C||4||0||1||0||0||2||4||.245|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.233|
|Ramon Santiago, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Don Kelly, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.222|
|HR - Brennan Boesch (3, Hernandez)|
|RBI - Brennan Boesch (9)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Prince Fielder (1, Missed catch of throw), Jhonny Peralta (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Adam Wilk (L,0-3)||2||8||6||6||1||1||1||8.18|
|Pitches-Strikes - Adam Wilk 60-36, Thad Weber 62-38, Collin Balester 27-15, Duane Below 25-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Adam Wilk 1-4, Thad Weber 8-1, Duane Below 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Adam Wilk 15, Thad Weber 18, Collin Balester 8, Duane Below 6|
|Attendance - 28527|
|Game Time - 2:59|
|Temperature - 61|
|Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - James Hoye|