Felix Hernandez followed Cliff Lee with a gem ofhis own, pitching a two-hitter and striking out 11 as the SeattleMariners secured their first road series win since April, beatingthe New York Yankees 7-0 Wednesday night.
Michael Saunders connected for two of the light-hittingMariners' four homers to support Hernandez in his third completegame this season and 10th overall. It was his career fourth shutoutand first since June 16, 2009, at San Diego.
Hernandez (6-5) and Lee are a major reason why the Mariners havewon nine of 12. Lee threw his third straight complete game in a 7-4win Tuesday night and King Felix, in his third start in a row to gonine innings, might have been more perplexing to Yankees battersWednesday.
The Yankees had not lost consecutive games to pitchers throwingcomplete games since April 21-22, 2000, when Chris Carpenter and Kelvim Escobar did it for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Hernandez and Lee won back-to-back starts for only the secondtime this season. The last was June 18-19, but Hernandez went nineinnings in his previous start, a 13-inning loss to the Cubs.
Mark Teixeira doubled leading off the first for New York's firsthit and Colin Curtis had a lost-in-the-lights double in the fifth.Hernandez retired 11 in a row after Curtis' double before a one-outwalk to Teixeira in the ninth.
Milton Bradley and Saunders each homered off Javier Vazquez(6-7) and Jose Lopez extended his hitting streak to 12 games withan RBI single.
Russell Branyan homered for the first time since returning tothe Mariners in a trade late Saturday, a two-run shot in theseventh off Damaso Marte to help the Mariners secure their firstseries on the road since April 26-28 at Kansas City.
Saunders hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Chad Gaudin forhis first multihomer game.
Unlike Lee, who might be gone by the trading deadline in July,Hernandez figures to be the Mariners ace for awhile. He signed a$78 million, five-year deal in the offseason.
Hernandez got himself in trouble with a leadoff walk to DerekJeter in the first. He struck out Nick Swisher and Teixeira butJeter advanced to third on a wild pitch and passed ball. AlexRodriguez walked - Hernandez's first multiwalk game in five starts- before Robinson Cano hit a liner to left that Saunders caughtwith a leap.
Hernandez, who has won three straight decisions, did not walkanother batter until the ninth.
In the fifth, Curtis hit a high fly that fell in for a doublewhen second baseman Chone Figgins lost the ball in the lights,holding his hands up in dismay as Curtis hustled around first forthe extra-base hit.
In the top of the fifth, Branyan stepped out of the batter's boxbut home plate umpire Angel Hernandez did not grant him time -Vazquez's pitch was a ball and Branyan ended up walking.
NOTES: The Mariners finished June 14-13, their first winningmonth of the season. The Yankees were 16-10. ... Yankees RHP A.J.Burnett threw about 35 pitches in a bullpen session with pitchingcoach Dave Eiland, who returned to the team Tuesday after takingnearly a month off for an undisclosed personal reason. Burnett lostall five starts in Eiland's absence, and Eiland worked with Burnetton keeping his shoulder in. ... Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu saidLHP Erik Bedard (shoulder) was excited about making his rehab startfor Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday. If all goes well, Wakamatsu saidBedard could make his first start since having surgery in August onJuly 6 against Kansas City.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times