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September 6, 2011 at 10:44 PM

UPDATED: Mariners leave 14 on-base, but Felix Hernandez helps them snap losing streak

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Be sure to read our newspaper feature on substitute teacher Steve Delabar making it to the majors with the M’s.
Felix Hernandez had to be at the top of his game once again tonight, and was, winning 2-1 with eight innings of one-run ball. The run was unearned and four errors committed by the Angels provided the Mariners just enough chances to get on the board.
The M’s snap a five-game losing streak behind Hernandez’s seven-strikeout, 111-pitch performance.
Brandon League got the side 1-2-3 in the ninth.
Mariners manager Eric Wedge asked Hernandez if he wanted to go out again for the ninth. It was a humid night here, with gametime temps up at 87 and mugginess making it feel hotter. Wedge wasn’t certain about letting Hernandez go back out, but wanted his input.
Hernandez told him he was done. He said he wanted to do what was best for his team to win the game and that with the heat the way it was, they had a better shot with a fresh League.
“I can’t lie, I was a little tired in the end,” Hernandez said. “He asked me. And I’ve got to be honest. I said ‘I’m going to be honest, we’ve got to win this game.’ ”


Hernandez said earlier in the year that he wasn’t as
“Defintely, yes,” he said. “I’m being more consistent and that’s me right there. You’ve just got to throw strikes and at the beginning of the season, I was getting behind in the count. Now, I’m just attacking.”
This one really hurts the Angels, who looked as bad in the field tonight as the M’s did last night. The big difference? The Angels gave back a game to the Rangers in the AL West standings and now trail by 3 1/2.
Seattle kept putting runners on but again could not get the big hit. This time, with Hernandez out there, it didn’t matter.
Wedge didn’t mind all the runners left on. He loved the at-bats his team put up and said the timely hitting will come but is a tough thing for young hitters to do right away.
He also liked the way his team “threw the leather around” tonight in the field. It was a much better defensive game for the M’s. The highlight was Ichiro crashing into the right field wall to rob Vernon Wells of an extra base hit.
The M’s came ready to play tonight and the Angels did not play well enough to beat them. Plain and simple.

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