Felix Hernandez pitched eight scoreless inningsto spoil the Los Angeles debut of pitcher Scott Kazmir and the Seattle Mariners beat the Angels 3-0 on Wednesday night.
Hernandez (14-5) gave up four hits, walked three and struck outsix to lower his ERA to 2.65 - second best in the American League.
Kazmir, who was acquired on Aug. 28 by the Angels from TampaBay, gave up one run and three hits in 6 1-3 innings. He walked oneand struck out eight.
After a shaky start to the first inning, Kazmir retired 18straight before Mike Sweeney opened the seventh with a walk. BillHall followed with a double to make it 1-0.
Hall would later steal third and came home when catcher MikeNapoli's throw bounced past Chone Figgins. Seattle added a run inthe eighth when Kevin Jepsen issued a bases-loaded walk to AdrianBeltre.
David Aardsma pitched the ninth for his 33rd save in 37 chances.
Kazmir (8-8) ran into trouble in the first inning when IchiroSuzuki led off with an infield single. Franklin Gutierrez singledto center with Suzuki sweeping to third. Kazmir then hit Jose Lopezto load the bases.
But Kazmir, who has a career .138 opponents batting average withthe bases loaded, then struck out Sweeney, Beltre, and Hall.
Hernandez had just one challenging inning. In the third, MikeNapoli had a one-out single then Figgins and Bobby Abreu drewtwo-out walks to load the bases. He then struck out Torii Hunter toescape the threat.
NOTES: DH Ken Griffey, Jr., who has been unavailable for thepast six games because of sore left knee, is expected to startThursday. "The MRI came back looked real good, so he'll be readyto go," manager Don Wakamatsu said. ... Bobby Abreu is on a4-for-31 slide but manager Mike Scioscia is not concerned. "He'sin a little funk now but he says he feels as strong as ever," hesaid. "We really feel he's going to finish strong so this is justa little bump in the road." ... Napoli's second-inning singlebroke an 0-for-16 skid.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times