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Hernandez allowed three singles and struck out 12 in Seattle's 7-0 win Saturday.
"Those guys are dangerous," Hernandez said. "Just tried to throw on the corners."
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Hernandez leads the majors in strikeouts with 140.
In two starts against the Rangers this season, he's allowed one run in 17 innings, struck out 19 and given up nine hits.
Darvish's lack of control and a couple of grounders put the Mariners up 4-0 in the first inning.
Darvish came into Saturday averaging 9.3 walks per nine innings in his two outings this year against the Mariners.
"You put those guys on the bags, and someone will find a way to get a base hit," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "The guys that were on the bags, other than Ichiro, were on for free. Those are the types of things Yu has to continue to work on."
Darvish allowed eight hits, seven earned runs, four walks and four strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
"He only needed one run," Ackley said. "It was nice to put those runs up and give him a little cushion. When he's relaxed out there, it's almost impossible."
Cruz's seventh-inning strikeout was the 10th of the game for Hernandez (7-5), the fourth time he has reached at least that mark this season and 20th time in his career.
"As good as I've seen him," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "I've said that a few times lately. Just shows you how special he was tonight. I thought maybe the best fastball we've seen him have this year."
Ackley's first solid contact of the game caromed off Darvish's left shin in the second, and the pitcher threw him out.
"I've got to take a look at it tomorrow and see where I am," Darvish said of his leg. "I really don't think it's going to affect me."
Ackley hit a line drive off the center field wall in the fourth inning to drive in Seager and give the Mariners a 5-0 lead.
Jaso's solo homer to left-center field in the fifth, his fourth this season, pushed Seattle in front 6-0.
Saunders' seventh-inning double to right field drove in Wells, who had singled. Darvish then walked Smoak, which ended his night.
The seven runs allowed were a career high for Darvish, and he has a 9.00 ERA in three starts against Seattle this year. Five of Darvish's six losses are on the road.
|The Mariners' Felix Hernandez shuts out the Rangers and lowers his ERA to 1.40 over his last six starts. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.278|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.293|
|Josh Hamilton, LF||3||0||0||0||0||3||1||.304|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.322|
|Nelson Cruz, DH||3||0||0||0||0||3||1||.265|
|Michael Young, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.273|
|David Murphy, RF||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.284|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.218|
|Leonys Martin, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.176|
|DP - Kinsler-Andrus-Young|
|E - Michael Young (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|Yu Darvish (L,10-6)||6.1||8||7||7||4||4||1||3.96|
|HBP - Wells (by Yu Darvish)|
|WP - Yu Darvish (6)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Yu Darvish 106-65, Michael Kirkman 6-5, Martin Perez 13-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yu Darvish 6-10, Michael Kirkman 1-0, Martin Perez 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Yu Darvish 33, Michael Kirkman 2, Martin Perez 3|
|Dustin Ackley, 2B||4||1||1||1||1||0||2||.230|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||5||1||1||0||0||1||1||.260|
|Casper Wells, LF||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||.270|
|John Jaso, C||3||2||2||2||1||0||0||.281|
|Michael Saunders, CF||4||0||1||2||0||0||0||.253|
|Justin Smoak, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||3||.201|
|Kyle Seager, 3B||3||1||1||2||1||0||3||.248|
|Carlos Peguero, DH||4||0||1||0||0||2||6||.167|
|Brendan Ryan, SS||3||0||0||0||1||1||4||.182|
|2B - Dustin Ackley (13, Darvish), Michael Saunders (21, Darvish)|
|HR - John Jaso (4, Darvish)|
|RBI - Dustin Ackley (25), John Jaso 2 (23), Michael Saunders 2 (28), Kyle Seager 2 (54)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dustin Ackley (7)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Ackley-Ryan-Smoak|
|Felix Hernandez (W,7-5)||9||3||0||0||0||12||0||2.92|
|WP - Felix Hernandez (7)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 107-74|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 7-7|
|Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 29|
|Attendance - 29951|
|Game Time - 2:24|
|Temperature - 82|
|Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Field Culbreth|