M’s 5 Game Win Streak Snapped, Fall to O’s 5-3
Story from Associated Press:
BALTIMORE — Felix Hernandez labored through five innings in what was likely his penultimate start with Seattle, and the Baltimore Orioles got home runs from Anthony Santander and Hanser Alberto in a 5-3 victory over the Mariners on Friday night.
After rookie Kyle Lewis hit a two-run homer in the first inning, Hernandez (1-7) gave the lead back in the bottom half after throwing just eight pitches.
The Mariners never recovered.
Aaron Brooks (6-8) threw seven innings of one-hit ball in relief of opener Richard Bleier to help the Orioles end Seattle’s five-game winning streak.
It’s been a rough season for Hernandez, who missed 3 1/2 months with a shoulder injury and has gone 13 starts since his lone victory on April 1. The seven-year contract he signed in 2013 expires after this season, and the rebuilding Mariners are unlikely to bring back the six-time All Star and 2010 Cy Young Award winner.
Thus, the future appears uncertain for Hernandez beyond his next start, which will come next week in Seattle. Hernandez made his debut with the Mariners as a 19-year-old in 2005 and has spent his entire career within the organization while earning the nickname “King Felix.”
Looking to build on his previous outing, in which he limited the White Sox to one run over seven innings, Hernandez got off to a miserable start.
Jonathan Villar singled, Trey Mancini walked and Santander sent an 88 mph cut fastball over the center field wall. A double and wild pitch ensued before Baltimore’s first out of the game, a run-scoring grounder by Austin Hays, made it 4-2.
Lewis doubled and scored in the fourth, but Alberto homered off Hernandez in the bottom half to restore the two-run cushion.
Hernandez needed 91 pitches to get 15 outs. His line included five runs, eight hits two walks and two wild pitches.
Playing in his 10th major league game, Lewis hit his sixth home run and raised his batting average to .325.
Mariners: LHP Justus Sheffield (0-1, 5.40 ERA) faces Baltimore for the first time in his career as the three-game series continues Saturday night.
Orioles: RHP Asher Wojciechowski (3-8, 5.38) starts on the mound, five days after ending an eight-start winless streak with a victory at Detroit.
T1- Kyle Lewis 2-run HR, 2-0 SEA
B1- Anthony Santander 3-run HR, 3-2 BAL
B4- Hanser Alberto solo HR, 5-3 BAL