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Hernandez dominates Braves in Mariners' 4-2 win


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SEATTLE (AP) Felix Hernandez has been on a record-setting pattern over the past three months and Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon wants to make sure it continues when it means a lot more.

Hernandez (12-3) went eight innings, allowed one run, struck out eight and walked one in the Mariners 4-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves Tuesday. It was his 15th straight start - dating back to May 18 - in which he worked at least seven innings and allowed two runs or fewer, an on-going big-league record.

Hernandez also tied Gaylord Perry's 1974 streak with Cleveland when he had 15 straight starts with at least seven innings and allowing two or fewer earned runs. Hernandez threw just 97 pitches without a lot of stressful innings. He wanted the chance at his first complete game in nearly two years but that was enough for McClendon.

Fernando Rodney worked the ninth, allowed a run but earned his 31st save in 34 opportunities.

''It was my decision,'' McClendon said. ''I'll continue to do this. I'll continue to protect my players. I'm trying to win meaningful games in September. I want Felix healthy and strong in September.

''I'm like Frank Sinatra, we're doing it my way.''

Hernandez, who used to bluster and argue to remain in the game, said he has eased his resistance.

''I appreciate that,'' he said. ''He said, `you're done.' I'm done.''

During his 15-game streak Hernandez is just 8-2. His teammates had scored just 10 runs over his previous five starts when he went 1-1 with three no-decisions.

But a fourth-inning error by Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella contributed directly the Mariners go-ahead runs. With the score tie 1-all, two outs and runners on second and third, Chris Taylor popped up behind the first-base bag. La Stella camped under it, leaned back and it caromed off his glove.

''I was frustrated,'' Taylor said. ''I thought I was right on it. I just got underneath it. I knew guys were on so I wanted to get a hit. Luckily, he dropped it and I was able to get on second in scoring position.''

Both runners scored and Taylor advanced to second. He scored on Austin Jackson's single to left.

The Braves have lost seven straight.

''It's just a physical error and you can't do anything about it,'' Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ''And it did cost us those three runs that scored. Sometimes it's just the way stuff's going.''

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager added, ''that's what you're supposed to do. When you get an opportunity you take advantage of it. We were to get two runs on that one. Then Jackson got a big hit. Four runs with Felix going, that's a good combination.

Alex Wood (7-9) worked six innings, allowing five hits, just one earned run, walked four and stuck out five.

''I thought he (Wood) pitched terrific,'' Gonzalez said. ''Getting a couple runs against Felix and you just can't recover.''

Hernandez lowered his earned run average to a league-leading 1.97. In Interleague play, he has a 17-7 record and is 5-0 with a 1.20 ERA over his last eight starts against National League teams. He has the best ever ERA in Interleague play 2.54.

HAWK TALK

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, OF Justin Upton and 3B Chris Johnson were among eight Braves personnel who visited the Seahawks training camp during Monday's off day. ''I got to spend time with Coach (Pete) Carroll a little bit. That was really cool,'' Gonzalez said. ''We talked a little philosophy afterward. It's a different shaped ball but you're still leading men, still managing people.'' QB Russell Wilson, who signed a minor-league deal with the Texas Rangers this year, also spent time talking with Upton and Johnson.

KING'S FULL COURT

Whenever Hernandez pitches at Safeco Field, yellow-shirted fans fill the third-base-side lower desk, flashing `K' signs and chanting when the batter has two strikes. A huge turkey leg, arriving on a silver platter, also is passed around to be consumed by the subjects. Six sections were filled Tuesday, most ever in the lower bowl. The MLB Network filmed the experience to show for a future show.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: OF Michael Saunders (strained left oblique) was expected to go through the full array of drills to determined his fitness. He has been on the DL since July 11. ''My hope is that Michael will be able to go out on (rehab) Thursday,'' Manager Lloyd McClendon said.

Braves: SS Andrelton Simmons had to leave the game with one out in the fourth innings when he sprained his left ankle covered the third-base bag. Ramiro Pena replaced him. Simmons will be reevaluated Wednesday.

 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

A. Wood
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 4
K 5
Seattle

F. Hernandez
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 8
 

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Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Emilio Bonifacio, CF4010000.278.321.370
Tommy La Stella, 2B3110120.290.365.357
Freddie Freeman, 1B4000013.279.367.467
Justin Upton, LF4111012.284.353.501
Jason Heyward, RF4020021.269.356.394
Evan Gattis, DH4000023.276.334.522
Chris Johnson, 3B3011000.279.302.390
Gerald Laird, C3000011.225.306.292
Andrelton Simmons, SS1000000.249.297.340
   Ramiro Pena, SS2000000.206.280.318
Alex Wood, P0000000.045.125.045
   James Russell, P0000000.000.000.000
   David Carpenter, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3226219    
Batting
2B - Tommy La Stella (13, Rodney), Justin Upton (27, Hernandez)
RBI - Justin Upton (64), Chris Johnson (49)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Johnson (23)
SB - Emilio Bonifacio (16, 2nd base off Hernandez/Zunino)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Wood-La Stella-Freeman, Wood-La Stella-Freeman-Pena-La Stella-Freeman
E - Tommy La Stella (4, Dropped fly)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alex Wood (L,7-9) 6541450 3.20
James Russell 1100000 3.25
David Carpenter 1000020 3.79
HBP - Seager (by Alex Wood)
Pitches-Strikes - Alex Wood 104-55, James Russell 12-9, David Carpenter 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Wood 5-8, James Russell 1-1, David Carpenter 1-0
Batters Faced - Alex Wood 28, James Russell 3, David Carpenter 3
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Austin Jackson, CF4011012.270.330.391
Dustin Ackley, LF4000002.252.298.380
Robinson Cano, 2B4010001.329.392.457
Kendrys Morales, DH3000101.219.250.302
Kyle Seager, 3B2100110.274.342.472
Chris Denorfia, RF3110122.236.289.310
   Endy Chavez, RF0000000.256.283.335
Logan Morrison, 1B3111102.213.270.333
Mike Zunino, C3010024.210.258.429
Chris Taylor, SS3110011.357.379.500
Felix Hernandez, P0000000.000.000.000
   Fernando Rodney, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals2946247    
Batting
2B - Chris Taylor (4, Wood)
RBI - Austin Jackson (34), Logan Morrison (19)
2-OUT RBI - Austin Jackson (13)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Seager-Cano-Morrison
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felix Hernandez (W,12-3) 8411180 1.97
Fernando Rodney (S,31) 1211010 2.36
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 97-73, Fernando Rodney 16-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 10-5, Fernando Rodney 2-0
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 28, Fernando Rodney 5
Game Information
Attendance - 24496
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Pat Hoberg, First Base - Lance Barrett, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Ed Hickox