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April 28, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Russell Branyan, Yuniesky Betancourt help Felix Hernandez and Mariners romp

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Those are two of the best eight-inning pitching performances you’re ever going to see in a double-header. Felix Hernandez capped a great day of starting pitching by the Mariners in a 9-1 rout of the Chicago White Sox.
Hernandez allowed only four hits and struck out nine, throwing 100 pitches over eight innings before Roy Corcoran worked the ninth and allowed the only Chicago runu . In doing so, Hernandez extended his scoreless innings streak to 19, a new career best that surpasses the the 17 straight scoreless frames he tossed to open the 2007 season.
Yuniesky Betancourt broke things open with a three-run homer in the second inning off John Danks. Betancourt went on to notch four hits and set a new career mark with five runs batted in.
Russell Branyan collected a career high five hits, including a pair of doubles, to help pace a 19-hit Seattle attack.

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