Felix Hernandez rebounded with a strong eight-inning effort, but this day belonged to Nick Franklin, who hit the first two homers of his major-league career. Kendrys Morales, Brendan Ryan and Endy Chavez also had homers.
MARINERS NINTH: Hernandez is lifted for a pinch-hitter (Alex Liddi grounding out in his 2013 debut), but he bounced back nicely from two sub-par starts (19 hits and 11 runs allowed over 11 2/3 innings). Felix gave up just three hits and one run in eight innings, striking out six. 7-1 Mariners
MARINERS EIGHTH: This is turning into a coming-of-age game for Nick Franklin, who launched his second homer of the game with two outs. This one cleared the wall in right — the fifth homer today for the slugging M’s. 7-1 Mariners
MARINERS SEVENTH: The M’s have the longball working today. Endy Chavez launched their fourth homer of the game — after a Felix Hernandez walk by reliever Tim Stauffer — to build their lead to 6-1.
MARINERS SIXTH:Nick Franklin had the thrill of his first major-league hit yesterday, and now he’s added another milestone: First major-league homer. It came with two outs, on a 2-2 pitch, and cleared the wall in right center. 4-1 Mariners.
PADRES FIFTH: Hernandez gets back on track, striking out the side (albeit the bottom of the order). He has five strikeouts, and two hits allowed, through five. 3-1 Mariners
PADRES FOURTH: Felix gave up a run on a walk, single and sac fly but got out of further damage on the double play of the year, started by Brendan Ryan. He dived to his left to flag a smash by Jedd Gyorko, then fed the ball straight out of his glove to Franklin, who completed the play. 3-1 Mariners
PADRES THIRD: Felix keeps sailing along with an easy inning, helped out by a bare-handed play from Brendan Ryan. No hits yet for the Padres. Hernandez is at 31 pitches. 3-0 Mariners
MARINERS THIRD: Good inning for Seattle. Brendan Ryan started it out with a homer, just tucking a towering drive inside the left-field foul pole on a full-count pitch. Then, with two out, consecutive hits by Seager, Ibanez and Morales led to another run. 3-0 Mariners.
MARINERS SECOND: Kendrys Morales gave the Mariners the early lead by crushing one out to dead center, right over the 396-foot sign. Not sure whether that would have been out last year, before the Padres moved in their fences. There’s a difference of opinion among Padres’ folks in the press box. At any rate, Morales remains the Mariners’ most consistently productive hitter this year. 1-0 Mariners.
PADRES FIRST: Felix looked sharp in a seven-pitch first inning, which included on strikeout.
MARINERS FIRST: Another day, another 1-2-3 Mariner inning against Andrew Cashner.Coming off two sub-par efforts, Felix Hernandez will try to get himself, and the Mariners, back on track. He’s 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA in five starts against the Padres at Petco Park.
Eric Wedge said that Justin Smoak is very close to being able to start, but is probably limited to right-handed pinch-hitting today. Michael Morse will join the team in Minnesota but might need a couple days after that before he’s ready for action.