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August 10, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Mariners 2, Athletics 0: Felix Hernandez strikes out career-best 13 to win for first time in a month

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That was some needed insurance the Mariners provided Felix Hernandez in the eighth inning as Chone Figgins led off with a single, followed bt a hit-and-run single from Jose Lopez that put runners at the corners with none out. Franklin Gutierrez delivered a single from there for a two-run lead.
Hernandez was not allowed back out in the ninth. Instead, David Aardsma came on to notch the save.
First big decision by new manager Daren Brown, who decided not to give Hernandez the shot at a complete-game shutout. Instead, he pulled him with a pitch count of 110.
Hernandez has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 12 straight outings, but has won just five of those. None of the victories had come in the past month. Hernandez’s previous win was on July 10 against the New York Yankees, moving him to 7-5 with a 2.88 ERA and positioning him for a possible second-half run at a Cy Young Award.
He’s since lowered that ERA to 2.71. But with only eight wins in an 8-9 season, Cy Young voters would have to bend over backwards to give him a first-place vote. There are still seven weeks left and wins are overrated, yes. But the fewest by a Cy Young-winning starting pitcher is 15. He’s a long way from that.

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