A rough outing by Felix Hernandez proved to be too much on Tuesday, as the Mariners' rally in the ninth inning fell just short and the Padres escaped with a 5-4 victory at Safeco Field.

Pitching on five extra days' rest after dealing with a minor back issue, Hernandez still lacked his "A" game, giving up five runs -- four coming in a decisive sixth inning -- on nine hits and three walks over six frames as his record fell to 4-5 with a 3.70 ERA. Hernandez also hit a batter and threw a wild pitch before being replaced after 92 pitches.

The loss was the third straight for Seattle, which totaled just 10 runs in the first four games of a nine-game homestand and saw its record fall to 27-36.

Hernandez skipped a turn in the rotation after feeling some lower back pain in a five-inning outing on June 1 in Chicago, but he didn't fare a lot better against a Padres team whose 20-41 record coming in to the Interleague series was the worst in the Majors.

Hernandez is 1-4 with a 6.37 ERA over his past six starts and has given up 51 hits in 35 1/3 innings.

 

The 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner had maneuvered in and out of trouble in the first five frames, but the Padres broke open a 1-1 game in the sixth when they put together a walk and four hits.

After a leadoff base on balls to Carlos Quentin, Yonder Alonso launched a popup to left that shortstop Brendan Ryan couldn't haul in over his head. After an out, Cameron Maybin and Nick Hundley followed with RBI singles, and Maybin scored from third on a wild pitch to make it 4-1.

Everth Cabrera then ripped an RBI triple to right-center, but the Mariners stopped things there when catcher Miguel Olivo picked Cabrera off third and Hernandez struck out Will Venable to end the inning.

Other than a run in the third, Hernandez had avoided damage earlier. He escaped the first despite a bunt single, walk and hit batter, thanks in part to picking Venable off first base.

Chris Denorfia led off the fourth with a triple to right-center, but Hernandez stranded him there.

Seattle didn't offer much offensive help to its struggling ace, scoring just once on Padres starter Clayton Richard despite eight hits in the lefty's seven-inning stint.

Kyle Seager got his team-leading 39th RBI on a groundout in the fourth to score Ichiro Suzuki, but Seattle was unable to add on when Justin Smoak's well-hit drive to left field was caught at the warning track.

The Mariners missed a golden opportunity in the fifth when Michael Saunders stretched a one-out drive to left into a hustle double, sliding around the tag at second. Saunders then stole third, but was stranded there after Chone Figgins struck out and Ichiro grounded out.

Saunders launched a solo home run in the ninth, continuing his recent surge with a 3-for-4 night. He now leads the Mariners with a .281 batting average after hitting .450 (23-for-51) over his past 12 games.

Rookie reliever Stephen Pryor appeared to injure his groin on a play at first base after trying to beat Cabrera to the bag with one out in the ninth. Pryor, in his sixth Major League appearance, was helped off the field and was replaced by Charlie Furbush.

Furbush made a run-saving tag when his strikeout pitch to Logan Forsythe got away from Olivo with Cabrera at third base. Cabrera broke for home, but Olivo flipped to Furbush, who was covering home, in time to prevent the run.

The Mariners rallied for three runs in the ninth against the Padres bullpen, with Saunders' home run, a double by Figgins and an RBI single by pinch-hitter Munenori Kawasaki. After Ichiro singled, Kawasaki scored from third on a strikeout by Dustin Ackley, as the ball got away from Padres catcher Nick Hundley, but Jesus Montero grounded out to end the game.

{Courtesy: Greg Johns, MLB.com}