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August 21, 2012 at 8:59 PM

It’s a sea of yellow at Safeco Field as Mariners go for seventh straight win

The Mariners went to town in the seventh, scoring four times to take a commanding 5-1 lead. John Jaso hit a ground-rule double to bring the first run home and snap a 1-1 tie. Then, after a pitching change that saw Esmil Rogers replace starter Roberto Hernandez, Jesus Montero drilled a 3-1 pitch over the left field wall for a three-run homer that has broken this game wide open.
Left fielder Brent Lillibridge didn’t move a muscle as the ball left Montero’s bat on his swing at a 3-1 pitch.
8:48 p.m.: Felix Hernandez finally gave up a run in the seventh inning that tied the game 1-1. With two on and one out, Casey Kotchman hit what looked like a double-play grounder to shortstop that took a bad hop at the last minute and bounded over Brendan Ryan’s glove for a tying single.
But it could have been much worse for Hernandez and the M’s. An errant Hernandez pickoff attempt at second moved lead runner Michael Brantley to third base and the Indians then tried a suicide squeeze bunt with Brent Lillibridge at the plate, But Hernandez picked a great time to make a bad pitch as the ball broke well off the plate.
Lillibridge had zero chance to bunt the ball and Brantley was a dead duck and tagged out in an ensuing rundown. Lillibridge later struck out to end the inning. The Indians are out-hitting the Mariners 7-1.
8:18 p.m.: Well, there’s the run Felix Hernandez was looking for. I should say, the “hit” Felix Hernandez needed. Eric Thames gives Seattle its first hit of the night, a solo homer with two out in the fifth inning to make it a 1-0 game.
Roberto Hernandez (formerly known as Fausto Carmona) was in total control before Thames hit a bomb into the right field seats.

7:34 p.m.: Cleveland has four hits to zero for the Mariners, but we’re still scoreless midway through three as Felix Hernandez used a double-play grounder to end the top of the third. That’s his second tonight and came after a one-out single by Jason Kipnis — who has two of the four Cleveland hits. Asdrubal Cabrera grounded into the 4-6-3 double play.
7:34 p.m.: The Indians got a third hit in the second inning, a single to right by Casey Kotchman. But Felix Hernandez struck out Jack Hannahan — who was 8-for-18 (.444) off him lifetime to get out of the inning. Still scoreless.
7:19 p.m.: Well, the bid for a perfect game died in a hurry as Jason Kipnis led things off with a single to right on an 0-2 pitch from Felix Hernandez. Shin-Soo Choo then singled to left field on a broken bat flare with one out. But Hernandez got out of the inning with a double-play grounder off the bat of Carlos Santana.
7:04 p.m.: There are yellow Felix Hernandez t-shirts in every section of the ballpark tonight as the Mariners ace tried to help the team win its seventh in a row. This would be the second seven-game streak for the Mariners in the past few weeks.
Opposing him is Roberto Hernandez of the Indians. Same last name. No similarity.

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