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King Felix, Cano lift Mariners past A's

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SEATTLE -- Felix Hernandez put an exclamation on the best first half of his career by outpitching Jeff Samardzija and shutting down the team with the top record in baseball.

The next start for Seattle's ace could come Tuesday night for the American League in the All-Star game.

"An honor. I would love to do it," Hernandez said. "We'll see."

Hernandez continued his roll with eight strong innings, Robinson Cano hit a go-ahead double and the Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 Friday night.

Hernandez (11-2) reached 11 victories before the All-Star break for the first time in his career, getting nicked for two early runs and then shutting down the AL West-leading A's the rest of the night.

Hernandez made his 11th straight start going at least seven innings and giving up two earned runs or less. It's the longest streak for an AL pitcher since Gaylord Perry had 11 straight for Cleveland in 1974. The only longer streaks were by Tom Seaver (13 games in 1971) and Mike Scott (12 games in 1986).

Fernando Rodney got his 27th save, although the ninth wasn't without fireworks. Rodney walked Derek Norris, who reached third with two outs. Rodney then went to 3-2 on Nick Punto and got him on a called strike three to end the game.

Punto slammed his batting helmet to the ground with both hands and argued with plate umpire James Hoye, and A's manager Bob Melvin joined in, saying the full-count pitch missed the strike zone.

"All the pitches are strikes," Rodney quipped afterward.

Melvin and the A's found no humor in the call.

"I thought it was a little up, maybe a little in. It was just one of those the heat of the moment gets to you a bit," Punto said.

Cano came through with the clutch base hit Seattle has lacked. James Jones doubled with two outs in the sixth and Cano followed with a flare that landed inches fair down the left-field line to break a 2-all tie.

Seattle had been 2 for 35 with runners in scoring position prior to Cano's double.

Hernandez struck out nine and gave up six hits. He rebounded following a shaky first inning to stop the team with the best record in baseball.

Oakland scored a pair of rare first-inning runs off Seattle's ace.

Stephen Vogt's solo homer was just the sixth allowed by Hernandez this season, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Josh Donaldson followed with a double and scored on Jed Lowrie's single that sneaked through the infield.

Hernandez had given up three first-inning runs all season.

But after Lowrie's single, Hernandez permitted just four baserunners. He struck out the side in the fourth and sixth inning and needed just five pitches to cruise through the seventh.

"I was locked in. I was throwing a lot of strikes," Hernandez said. "After that everything was working."

Hernandez found himself in a jam in the fifth with runners on the corners and two outs, but Donaldson flied out.

After Vogt led off the eighth with a single, Donaldson grounded into a double play, drawing a fist pump and scream from Hernandez. He then got Brandon Moss to ground out on his 101st pitch to end the eighth and his night.

Seattle catcher Mike Zunino said the adjustment after the first was using more offspeed pitches early in the count and Hernandez being able to throw those for strikes.

"Just to have them take a pitch and he was able to do that and work ahead," Zunino said.

Seattle chipped away at Samardzija, starting with Logan Morrison's homer leading off the second. Seattle pulled even in the third when Brad Miller doubled, advanced to third on Zunino's groundout and scored on Endy Chavez's sacrifice fly.

Samardzija is 1-1 with Oakland after going 2-7 for the Chicago Cubs. He threw eight innings, allowing only five hits and striking out five.

NOTES: Hernandez won 10 games before the All-Star break in 2009 and 2013. ... Oakland 1B Alberto Callaspo left the game in the second inning after straining his right hamstring running out a ground ball. ... Oakland OF Coco Crisp was out of Friday's lineup with a sore neck and Melvin unsure of his availability for the series.

 
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Robinson Cano delivers the go-ahead double as the Mariners edge Jeff Samardzija and the A's.  (USATSI)
Robinson Cano delivers the go-ahead double as the Mariners edge Jeff Samardzija and the A's. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Seattle

F. Hernandez
IP 8.0
H 6
ER 2
BB 2
K 9
Oakland

J. Samardzija
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 3
BB 0
K 5
 

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Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
John Jaso, DH4010000 .274
Stephen Vogt, RF3121100 .376
Josh Donaldson, 3B4110003 .241
Brandon Moss, LF4000020 .268
Jed Lowrie, SS4021010 .238
Derek Norris, C2000222 .299
Alberto Callaspo, 1B1000000 .234
   Nate Freiman, 1B2000022 .231
   a-Yoenis Cespedes, PH1000001 .252
Nick Punto, 2B4000031 .212
Craig Gentry, CF3000000 .276
Jeff Samardzija, P0000000 .176
Totals32262310  
a-lined out for Freiman in the 9th
Batting
2B - John Jaso (14, Hernandez)
HR - Stephen Vogt (4, Hernandez)
RBI - Stephen Vogt (17), Jed Lowrie (34)
2-OUT RBI - Jed Lowrie (9)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Punto-Lowrie-Freiman, Punto-Lowrie-Freiman-Punto-Lowrie-Freiman
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Samardzija (L,3-8) 8533051 2.78
HBP - Zunino (by Jeff Samardzija)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Samardzija 98-66
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Samardzija 11-6
Batters Faced - Jeff Samardzija 28
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Endy Chavez, RF3001001 .252
James Jones, CF3110020 .288
Robinson Cano, 2B3021010 .330
Logan Morrison, DH3111002 .230
Kyle Seager, 3B3000001 .273
Justin Smoak, 1B3000010 .205
Dustin Ackley, LF3000010 .227
Brad Miller, SS3110000 .207
Mike Zunino, C2000001 .208
Felix Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Rodney, P0000000 .000
Totals2635305  
Batting
2B - James Jones (7, Samardzija), Robinson Cano (22, Samardzija), Brad Miller (8, Samardzija)
HR - Logan Morrison (5, Samardzija)
SF - Endy Chavez (2)
RBI - Endy Chavez (8), Robinson Cano (53), Logan Morrison (15)
2-OUT RBI - Robinson Cano (13)
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
DP - Seager-Cano-Smoak
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felix Hernandez (W,11-2) 8622291 2.12
Fernando Rodney (S,27) 1000110 1.98
WP - Felix Hernandez (13), Fernando Rodney (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 101-73, Fernando Rodney 26-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 9-5
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 31, Fernando Rodney 4
Game Information
Attendance - 32971
Game Time - 2:22
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - John Tumpane