Felix Hernandez pitched another great game and helped the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 on Saturday (April 5). Hernandez and the Mariners bounced back nicely after losing their last game in 12 innings to the Athletics. He pitched an impressive 8 1/3 innings before stepping out for closer Fernando Rodney. Rodney then slammed the door with two strikeouts to give the team another win. As for Hernandez, he allowed just one run on six hits and struck out eight batters to improve to 2-0 on the season.
It wasn't exactly a great day for the offense, but two fifth inning home runs gave the team enough to put this one in the win column. Kyle Seager doubled in the fifth before scoring on a home run by Dustin Ackley. Later in the inning, Abraham Almonte would connect on a solo shot for his first home run of the season as well. Robinson Cano went 2-for-3 with a walk in his at-bats, raising his batting average to .421 on the season. The only time they got him out was on a long fly ball to the gap that was chased down by center fielder Coco Crisp.
Starting out 4-1 on a road trip is a pretty respectable way to begin the new season and the team currently holds the second best record in the American League. Only the undefeated Detroit Tigers have fewer than two losses and the Seattle Mariners now have a 1 1/2 game lead over the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros in the AL West. The next game for the team is set for Sunday afternoon (April 6) at 1:05 p.m. PT. Erasmo Ramirez will make his second start of the season against Sonny Gray and the team will pass over Chris Young's start during this turn of the rotation.
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