"Everything," the Seattle Mariners right-hander said.
That word also describe how things went for the Mariners on Monday
night, especially Kyle Seager, who supported Hernandez's seven
innings with his fourth career four-hit game in Seattle's 10-2 rout
of the New York Yankees.
"We came out swinging, and things went in our favor," Mariners
manager Lloyd McClendon said.
Hernandez equaled a career high by winning his fifth straight
decision, something he also did in the final month of the 2009
season. He allowed two runs and eight hits.
The Yankees had five hits in the fourth inning, including a two-run
single by former Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki that deflected
off Hernandez's heel and past shortstop Brad Miller.
Suzuki's hit tied the score at 2, but by the end of the game, the
inability of Hernandez and Miller to make that play was an
The Mariners produced eight runs and went 8-for-16 in the final
three innings to reach double digits in scoring for the third time
"Luckily we kept it there and we were able to break out a little
bit," Miller said.
Hernandez improved to 5-1 in seven starts at the current Yankee
Stadium, striking out eight without issuing a walk. He threw 74 of
111 pitches for strikes.
"He wasn't really stressed other than the one inning where they tied
it up," McClendon said. "But he came right back with a couple of
easy innings, which I thought were crucial in order for him to go
deep into the ballgame."
The right-hander retired the final 10 Yankees and picked up the win
thanks to a big night by Seager. The Seattle third baseman
punctuated his first four-hit game since June 20, 2013, at Anaheim
with a long three-run home run with two outs in the ninth that
capped the scoring.
On his way to helping the Mariners record their fifth consecutive
win in New York, Seager hit two triples, including a fluky one in
the fourth that was the result of a miscommunication between New
York shortstop Derek Jeter and left fielder Brett Gardner.
Seager, who came into the night batting .222 without a home run on
the road, also had a double. He tied a club record with four
extra-base hits, becoming the the first Mariner to accomplish the
feat since Adrian Beltre on July 6, 2007.
"That's definitely a special one," Seager said. "That's definitely
one that I'll remember for sure."
Seager's three-run home run off Alfredo Aceves came after the
Mariners went ahead on a bases-loaded single by Miller and added a
two-run single by right fielder Michael Saunders. The ball Saunders
hit went under New York first baseman Kelly Johnson's glove.
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Saunders added a solo home run in the ninth.
"Anytime you give the (starting pitcher) some runs, you feel good
about yourself," Seager said. "It would be nice if you get them
earlier and let him breathe a little bit, but just to get him some
runs, especially to answer back like that, you feel really good
about your chances."
While the Mariners opened a seven-game road trip on a good note, the
Yankees continued struggling at home. They lost for the 10th time in
their last 14 home games and also allowed at least 10 runs for the
seventh time this season, equaling their total from last year.
Right-hander David Phelps (1-3) matched Hernandez until the seventh,
but he wound up charged with six runs on six hits in six-plus
innings. He was chased after allowing Miller's single, which came
after Phelps threw to third base instead of first base on a
sacrifice bunt attempt by left fielder Endy Chavez.
The Yankees were held under three runs for the 24th time. New York's
final 16 hitters were retired, a day after the Yankees' final 18
hitters were retired in a 7-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
"We have to find ways to win without (home runs)," Jeter said. "Home
runs, they're nice because they score runs quickly, but you have to
find other ways to win."
NOTES: The Mariners moved RHP Tajuan Walker's rehab start with
Triple-A Tacoma to Tuesday and also said that RHP Erasmo Ramirez
would be recalled from Tacoma for Tuesday's start in Atlanta. ...
Seattle 2B Robinson Cano took a lead of 76,232 votes over Detroit's
Ian Kinsler in the All-Star balloting results released Monday. ...
New York OF/DH Carlos Beltran (elbow) went 0-for-3 in an extended
spring training game in Clearwater, Fla. He will play two more games
before rejoining the Yankees. ... New York LHP CC Sabathia said that
he is rehabbing his right knee injury by throwing off a chair and
throwing his son batting practice. He said he would play catch later
this week. ... Victor Espinosa, the jockey for California Chrome,
threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
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