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Hernandez brilliant as Seattle jolts Toronto 11-1

By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer
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SEATTLE (AP) For all that Felix Hernandez has done in his career, pitching meaningful games in the final two months of the season has been a rarity.

With Seattle in the thick of the wild-card chase in the American League, Hernandez got the Mariners most anticipated home series since 2007 off to an electric start on Monday night.

Hernandez allowed one run in seven strong innings, extending his major league record streak, and Robinson Cano provided a jolt of run support as Seattle romped to an 11-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Hernandez twirled another gem, making his 16th straight start of at least seven innings while allowing two earned runs or less. Hernandez needed just 96 pitches to get through seven and his only mistake was Jose Bautista's solo home run in the fourth.

And he did it before a buzzing crowd of 41,168 as Seattle remained one game back in the chase for the second wild-card spot.

''That was unreal. That was pretty good,'' Hernandez said. ''We're fighting. We're going to continue to fight and do the little things.''

And for a change, Hernandez wasn't left wondering if Seattle would score enough.

Cano ignited a seven-run sixth inning with his 10th homer of the season for a 3-1 lead.

That was just the start. Mike Zunino followed with an RBI triple and an RBI double by Endy Chavez ended the night for Toronto starter Drew Hutchison (8-10).

Seattle's biggest inning since an eight-run outburst May 3 against Houston was just getting started. Brad Miller lined an RBI triple and Dustin Ackley brought home two runs with a single. Cano came up again, and after stepping out of the box while a lightning bolt and thunder crackled outside the stadium, just missed a second homer in the inning by inches with a RBI double off the wall.

''Everything I saw was away ... so I was just trying to go the other way, but I wasn't trying to hit a homer,'' Cano said.

A day after going 19 innings to beat Detroit at home and not arriving to Seattle until 12:30 a.m. local time, Bautista's 23rd homer was the only highlight for Toronto. The only other Toronto batter to get a hit was Colby Rasmus, who had two and is now 7 for 10 against Hernandez.

King Felix struck out eight, walked none and lowered his ERA to 1.95 for the season. Hernandez is 9-2 with a 1.41 ERA during the 16-game streak.

''With Felix out there, you give those guys a lead they put it away,'' Toronto manager John Gibbons said.

WEB GEMS

Cano's heady fielding cut down a potential scoring opportunity for Toronto in the second. After Rasmus doubled, Dioner Navarro hit a grounder to second. Cano threw to third and got Rasmus trying to advance. Hernandez then got a double play grounder from Danny Valencia to get out of the inning.

Cano later added an over-the-shoulder basket catch running down the right-field line.

2K KING

Hernandez became the first pitcher since Dwight Gooden to reach 2,000 innings during or before his age-28 season. Hernandez, 28, reached the mark when he completed the second inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: 1B Adam Lind (foot) is expected to join the team on Tuesday in Seattle, and 1B Edwin Encarnacion (quad) is still on track to rejoin the team Friday in Chicago.

Mariners: OF Michael Saunders (oblique) will have his rehab assignment delayed by a few days. He was set to leave Triple-A Tacoma to be with his wife for the birth of their child.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: J.A. Happ (8-6) has thrown at least seven innings in each of his past two starts, but has just one victory since June 26. He's given up three earned runs combined in his last two starts and the Blue Jays have lost both games.

Mariners: Chris Young (10-6) is 5-2 with a 2.79 ERA in his last 10 starts. Young has reached 11 victories only twice in his career.

 
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Seattle

R. Cano
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Toronto

J. Bautista
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Munenori Kawasaki, SS4000010.274.320.318
Melky Cabrera, DH4000001.315.371.476
Jose Bautista, RF2111000.295.412.518
   a-Nolan Reimold, PH-RF2000020.220.313.463
Colby Rasmus, CF3020010.225.289.446
Dioner Navarro, C2000010.276.314.391
   b-Josh Thole, PH-C1000011.267.345.297
Danny Valencia, 3B3000002.290.333.386
Juan Francisco, 1B3000010.222.296.471
Steve Tolleson, 2B3000020.235.305.375
Anthony Gose, LF3000020.236.332.293
Drew Hutchison, P0000000.667.667.667
   Brad Mills, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals30131011    
a-struck out for J. Bautista in the 7th
b-struck out for Navarro in the 7th
Batting
2B - Colby Rasmus (16, Hernandez)
HR - Jose Bautista (23, Hernandez)
RBI - Jose Bautista (71)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Bautista (18)
Team LOB - 2
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Drew Hutchison (L,8-10) 5.2766251 4.60
Brad Mills 2.1355320 9.15
HBP - Morrison (by Brad Mills)
Pitches-Strikes - Drew Hutchison 95-62, Brad Mills 64-35
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Hutchison 6-6, Brad Mills 2-3
Batters Faced - Drew Hutchison 26, Brad Mills 14
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Austin Jackson, CF4100123.271.330.386
Dustin Ackley, LF5112012.251.296.386
Robinson Cano, 2B3222100.333.402.476
   Chris Taylor, SS1000000.391.420.500
Kendrys Morales, DH5110021.214.248.293
Kyle Seager, 3B1201200.274.343.472
Mike Zunino, C3222100.216.268.441
Logan Morrison, 1B3010012.223.280.350
Endy Chavez, RF3121001.267.296.364
   a-James Jones, PH-RF1001000.257.286.312
Brad Miller, SS-2B2112010.201.272.324
Felix Hernandez, P0000000.000.000.000
   Joe Beimel, P0000000.000.000.000
   Danny Farquhar, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3111101157    
a-hit into fielder's choice for Chavez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Robinson Cano (28, Mills), Kendrys Morales (14, Hutchison), Endy Chavez (7, Hutchison)
3B - Mike Zunino (2, Hutchison), Brad Miller (2, Mills)
HR - Robinson Cano (10, Hutchison)
SF - Kyle Seager (2), Brad Miller (2)
SH - Brad Miller (3)
RBI - Dustin Ackley 2 (44), Robinson Cano 2 (66), Kyle Seager (72), Mike Zunino 2 (45), Endy Chavez (14), James Jones (9), Brad Miller 2 (28)
2-OUT RBI - Dustin Ackley 2 (18), Robinson Cano (17), Endy Chavez (9), Brad Miller (9)
SB - Austin Jackson (10, 2nd base off Mills/Navarro)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Seager-Cano-Morrison
PB - Mike Zunino (4)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felix Hernandez (W,13-3) 7311081 1.95
Joe Beimel 1000020 1.30
Danny Farquhar 1000010 2.68
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 96-68, Joe Beimel 9-7, Danny Farquhar 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 10-3, Joe Beimel 1-0
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 24, Joe Beimel 3, Danny Farquhar 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41168
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Quinn Wolcott, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Ben May, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor