Rookie Nix, Padres beat King Felix, Mariners, 2-1

SAN DIEGO (AP) Even after watching Nelson Cruz drive his 79th pitch over the center field fence to make it a one-run game with one out in the ninth, San Diego Padres rookie Jacob Nix hoped manager Andy Green would let him finish.

''I thought for sure he was going to leave me in there because of my pitch count,'' Nix said after coming within two outs of his first complete game in his fourth big league start, a 2-1 victory against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. ''I thought for sure I was going to be able to finish.''

Green wasn't buying it.

''He'd done enough today. I didn't want to put him in a situation where he was walking off that mound in a tie situation or a losing situation,'' Green said.

Nix, backed by stellar defense by shortstop Freddy Galvis and 21-year-old second baseman Luis Urias, who was making his big league debut, had the low pitch count because he had the Mariners swinging early and putting the ball in play. The 22-year-old Nix allowed one run and eight hits, walked none and struck out none.

''That was crazy efficient. Clearly he had enough pitches to get the last few outs. He showed a glimpse,'' Green said.

''One day I'll go nine,'' Nix said. ''And maybe I'll mix in some punch-outs, too. I didn't really get to two strikes a whole lot. They were putting the ball in play really early. Outs are outs. I'm here to get outs. I don't care how I get them.''

Travis Jankowski homered on Felix Hernandez's first pitch and Urias had a nice game for the Padres, who snapped a five-game losing streak and won for just the second time in seven games.

Nix (2-2) retired Jean Segura to open the ninth before Cruz homered to center, his 32nd. Kirby Yates came on to get the final two outs for his sixth save.

Hernandez (8-12) pitched well but lost his sixth straight decision over eight starts. The former AL Cy Young Award winner, who briefly was demoted to the bullpen earlier this month, struck out a season-high nine and walked only two in seven innings. He allowed only four hits but three of them factored into the scoring.

Jankowski drove Hernandez's first pitch over the fence in right field, his third homer. Wil Myers doubled off Hernandez with one out in the fourth and scored on Hunter Renfroe's two-out single to left.

King Felix said there was ''frustration about the loss for sure. I haven't won since June 30. It's tough. I think I did a good job except for the bunts. The second bunt was pretty good.''

Hernandez twice bunted into inning-ending double plays.

Manager Scott Servais said that other than Jankowski's homer, Hernandez ''controlled the strike zone pretty well.''

It was Jankowski's first career leadoff homer.

''Obviously I'd never done that before and to do it off a guy of his caliber, that felt good,'' Jankowski said. ''More importantly it got the team on the board early and got that energy going, that fire going early.''

Urias, one of baseball's top prospects, was called up earlier in the day even though Triple-A El Paso has qualified for the Pacific Coast League playoffs and the Padres are on pace to lose 100 games for the first time since 1993.

Urias was brilliant in making his first play, diving to his left to field a bouncer by leadoff hitter Mitch Haniger and throwing him out. Urias went 0 for 3 with a walk.

''I don't know how I made it,'' Urias said. ''To be honest, I wasn't nervous the whole game, maybe because of the diving play. I just enjoyed the moment.''

Said Nix: ''They were making some ridiculous plays back there. Freddy and Uri both were making some really, really good plays.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: Green said LHP Clayton Richard will have season-ending surgery on his left knee. He was placed on the disabled list on Tuesday. Richard was 7-11 with a 5.33 ERA.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Erasmo Ramirez (1-2, 4.56) is scheduled to start Wednesday afternoon's series finale.

Padres: Rookie LHP Joey Lucchesi (6-7, 3.74) is scheduled to make his third start against an AL club. He's 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA in interleague starts.

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  • W: J. Nix (2-2)L: F. Hernandez (8-12)S: K. Yates (6)
  • HR: SEA - N. Cruz (32), SD - T. Jankowski (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Cano 1B40000001.276.354.417.7710.0
J. Segura SS40200000.315.347.438.7844.0
N. Cruz RF41111002.266.351.540.8916.0
D. Span LF40000001.278.354.444.7980.0
K. Seager 3B40000010.219.268.402.670-0.5
M. Zunino C30200000.196.257.416.6732.0
D. Gordon 2B30200000.274.296.340.6362.0
F. Hernandez P20000004.000.000.000.0000.0
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S. Armstrong P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-flied out for Hernandez in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Jankowski CF-RF41111011.260.335.340.6755.5
L. Urias 2B30000100.000.250.000.2501.0
W. Myers 3B41200001.269.322.477.7994.0
E. Hosmer 1B40000013.250.313.387.699-0.5
H. Renfroe LF30110021.253.311.493.8041.0
A. Hedges C30000021.234.288.416.704-1.0
F. Galvis SS30000010.241.295.371.667-0.5
F. Reyes RF20100100.242.299.484.7832.0
M. Margot PR-CF00000000.248.293.376.6690.0
J. Nix P30000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
K. Yates P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    BATTING
    • 3B - J. Segura (3)
    • HR - N. Cruz (32)
    • RBI - N. Cruz (80)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Haniger, R. Cano, N. Cruz, D. Span
    BATTING
    • 2B - W. Myers (16)
    • HR - T. Jankowski (3)
    • RBI - T. Jankowski (16), H. Renfroe (49)
    • 2-Out RBI - H. Renfroe (14)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Jankowski, E. Hosmer, H. Renfroe, A. Hedges, J. Nix
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Nix-Galvis-Urias; Nix-Myers-Urias)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    F. Hernandez (L, 8-12)7.04222915.491.3915.5
    S. Armstrong1.01000000.001.002.0
    PITCHERSIP
    F. Hernandez (L, 8-12)7.0
    S. Armstrong1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Nix (W, 2-2)8.18110014.051.3525.0
    K. Yates (S, 6)0.20000102.130.977.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Nix (W, 2-2)8.1
    K. Yates (S, 6)0.2
    PITCHING
    • WP - F. Hernandez 2 (8)
    • Pitches-Strikes - F. Hernandez 101-67, S. Armstrong 20-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Hernandez 7-5, S. Armstrong 3-0
    • Batters Faced - F. Hernandez 27, S. Armstrong 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Nix 79-59, K. Yates 18-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Nix 11-12, K. Yates 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Nix 31, K. Yates 2
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    R. Cano 1B40000001.276.354.417.7710.0
    J. Segura SS40200000.315.347.438.7844.0
    N. Cruz RF41111002.266.351.540.8916.0
    D. Span LF40000001.278.354.444.7980.0
    K. Seager 3B40000010.219.268.402.670-0.5
    M. Zunino C30200000.196.257.416.6732.0
    D. Gordon 2B30200000.274.296.340.6362.0
    F. Hernandez P20000004.000.000.000.0000.0
    a- B. Gamel PH10000000.290.364.396.7600.0
    S. Armstrong P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    Total331811019-----
    • a-flied out for Hernandez in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Jankowski CF-RF41111011.260.335.340.6755.5
    L. Urias 2B30000100.000.250.000.2501.0
    W. Myers 3B41200001.269.322.477.7994.0
    E. Hosmer 1B40000013.250.313.387.699-0.5
    H. Renfroe LF30110021.253.311.493.8041.0
    A. Hedges C30000021.234.288.416.704-1.0
    F. Galvis SS30000010.241.295.371.667-0.5
    F. Reyes RF20100100.242.299.484.7832.0
    M. Margot PR-CF00000000.248.293.376.6690.0
    J. Nix P30000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
    K. Yates P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    Total292521299-----
      BATTING
      • 3B - J. Segura (3)
      • HR - N. Cruz (32)
      • RBI - N. Cruz (80)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Haniger, R. Cano, N. Cruz, D. Span
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Myers (16)
      • HR - T. Jankowski (3)
      • RBI - T. Jankowski (16), H. Renfroe (49)
      • 2-Out RBI - H. Renfroe (14)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Jankowski, E. Hosmer, H. Renfroe, A. Hedges, J. Nix
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Nix-Galvis-Urias; Nix-Myers-Urias)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Hernandez (L, 8-12)7.04222915.491.3915.5
      S. Armstrong1.01000000.001.002.0
      Total8.0522291---
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Hernandez (L, 8-12)7.0
      S. Armstrong1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Nix (W, 2-2)8.18110014.051.3525.0
      K. Yates (S, 6)0.20000102.130.977.5
      Total9.0811011---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Nix (W, 2-2)8.1
      K. Yates (S, 6)0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - F. Hernandez 2 (8)
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Hernandez 101-67, S. Armstrong 20-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Hernandez 7-5, S. Armstrong 3-0
      • Batters Faced - F. Hernandez 27, S. Armstrong 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Nix 79-59, K. Yates 18-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Nix 11-12, K. Yates 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Nix 31, K. Yates 2
      • 9TH INNING
        Cruz homered to center12
      • 4TH INNING
        Renfroe singled to left, Myers scored02
      • 1ST INNING
        Jankowski homered to right01
      • 9TH INNING
        • J. Nix Pitching:
        • J. Segura: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Segura flied out to right
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Cruz homered to center
        • Kirby Yates relieved Jacob Nix
        • D. Span: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Span grounded out to second
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Nix Pitching:
        • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gordon flied out to center
        • Ben Gamel hit for Felix Hernandez
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gamel flied out to deep center
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Haniger singled to right
        • R. Cano: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Cano flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Shawn Armstrong pitching
        • T. Jankowski: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Jankowski grounded out to pitcher
        • L. Urias: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Urias grounded out to pitcher
        • W. Myers: Strike looking, Myers singled to right
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hosmer grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Nix Pitching:
        • D. Span: Strike looking, Foul, Span fouled out to third
        • K. Seager: Seager lined out to center
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Foul, Zunino flied out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • A. Hedges: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hedges flied out to center
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Galvis flied out to deep center
        • F. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Reyes singled to left
        • Manuel Margot ran for Franmil Reyes
        • J. Nix: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Nix struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Nix Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Haniger grounded out to second
        • R. Cano: Ball, Cano grounded out to second
        • J. Segura: Ball, Segura tripled to deep right
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Cruz grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • L. Urias: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Urias walked
        • W. Myers: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Myers popped out to catcher
        • E. Hosmer: Hosmer flied out to deep left
        • H. Renfroe: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Urias to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Renfroe struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Nix Pitching:
        • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Seager grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Zunino singled to center
        • D. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Gordon singled to left, Zunino to second
        • F. Hernandez: Hernandez hit into double play pitcher to third to second, Zunino out at third
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
        • F. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Reyes walked
        • J. Nix: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nix struck out swinging
        • T. Jankowski: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Reyes to second on wild pitch, Jankowski grounded out to catcher
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Nix Pitching:
        • R. Cano: Cano grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Segura singled to right
        • N. Cruz: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Cruz flied out to deep center
        • D. Span: Pickoff attempt, Span grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • L. Urias: Ball, Urias grounded out to shortstop
        • W. Myers: Myers doubled to left center
        • E. Hosmer: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hosmer grounded out to first, Myers to third
        • H. Renfroe: Renfroe singled to left, Myers scored
        • A. Hedges: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hedges struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Nix Pitching:
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Zunino singled to left
        • D. Gordon: Gordon singled to left, Zunino to second
        • F. Hernandez: Foul, Hernandez hit into double play pitcher to shortstop to second, Zunino to third, Gordon out at second
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Haniger lined out to right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • F. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Reyes grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Nix: Nix grounded out to second
        • T. Jankowski: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Jankowski struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Nix Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz flied out to deep right
        • D. Span: Strike looking, Span popped out to shortstop
        • K. Seager: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Seager flied out to shallow center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • H. Renfroe: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Renfroe struck out looking
        • A. Hedges: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hedges struck out swinging
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Galvis lined out to right
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Nix Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Haniger grounded out to second
        • R. Cano: Strike looking, Cano grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Segura: Ball, Strike looking, Segura grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • T. Jankowski: Jankowski homered to right
        • L. Urias: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Urias grounded out to third
        • W. Myers: Strike looking, Myers grounded out to third
        • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Hosmer struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)