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Felix strikes out 11, blanks Yanks

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 21, 2013 at 06:52 AM
NEW YORK -

Felix Hernandez followed Cliff Lee with a gem of his own, pitching a two-hitter and striking out 11 as the Seattle Mariners secured their first road series win since April, beating the New York Yankees 7-0 Wednesday night.

Michael Saunders connected for two of the light-hitting Mariners' four homers to support Hernandez in his third complete game this season and 10th overall. It was his career fourth shutout and first since June 16, 2009, at San Diego.

Hernandez (6-5) and Lee are a major reason why the Mariners have won nine of 12. Lee threw his third straight complete game in a 7-4 win Tuesday night and King Felix went nine innings for his third start in a row.

The Yankees had not lost consecutive games to pitchers throwing complete games since April 21-22, 2000, when Chris Carpenter and Kelvim Escobar did it for Toronto.

Hernandez, who has won three straight decisions, did not walk another batter until the ninth.

Around the AL

Justin Morneau homered and drove in two runs, Kevin Slowey allowed one run in six innings and the Twins topped the Tigers 5-1. ... Ty Wigginton and Luke Scott hit successive homers in the seventh inning, and the Orioles tied a season-high with five homers in a 9-6 comeback victory against the Athletics. ... Aaron Laffey allowed one run over six-plus innings, and the Indians beat the Blue Jays 3-1 for their fourth straight win. ... Billy Butler and Jose Guillen homered and Zack Greinke survived a five-run eighth inning, leading the Royals past the White Sox 7-6.

Around the NL

Clayton Richard struck out a career-high 10 and drove in two runs, and Scott Hairston hit a three-run double and finished with four RBI as the Padres routed the Rockies 13-3 to avoid a three-game sweep. ... Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning off Roy Halladay, rallying the Reds to yet another win in their final at-bat, 4-3 over Philadelphia. ... Matt Kemp homered and drove in three runs, Vincente Padilla won his 100th game and the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Giants with an 8-2 win. ... Wandy Rodriguez gave up one run in seven innings and executed a suicide squeeze bunt to snap a tie in the sixth inning, leading the Astros to a 5-1 victory over the Brewers. ... Barry Enright gave Arizona five solid innings as the fill-in for Edwin Jackson, and Chris Young hit a two-run home run in a 4-2 victory against St. Louis that avoided a three-game sweep. ... Brad Lincoln pitched seven strong innings for his first major-league win, Garrett Jones had a key RBI double and the Pirates won for the ninth time in 12 meetings with the Cubs, 2-0. ... Jair Jurrjens gave up one run in five innings and had a run-scoring single in his first start in two months, and the Braves beat the Nationals 4-1.

In other news

Former Brooks-DeBartolo outfielder Reggie Williams Jr., a 10th-round pick by the Cardinals out of Middle Georgia College, signed with the club and began his career with the organization's rookie-level affiliate in the Appalachian League, and his younger brother, Jadamion, a 10th-round pick by the Twins out of Brooks-DeBartolo, previously signed and started his pro career with Minnesota's rookie-level affiliate in the Gulf Coast League. ... Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez is scheduled for an MRI on his right hamstring Thursday.

A Tribune wire report

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