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Mariners fall to Padres, 2-1, despite Hernandez's strong effort

SAN DIEGO -- On the bright side, the Seattle Mariners actually scored a run for Felix Hernandez while he was pitching in the game, something they failed to do in his previous two starts.

But he didn't get a win for his effort Wednesday and the Mariners didn't either.

Hernandez tossed seven strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks. And yet that wasn't enough.

The Mariners couldn't scratch out more than one run and lost 2-1 to the San Diego Padres.

It was yet another wasted gem for Hernandez. In his last three starts, he's pitched a total of 22 1/3 innings, giving up just two earned runs and striking out 31 batters. What does have to show for it? A loss and two no-decisions.

But at least he's used to it. In his career, he'd made 27 starts where he pitched seven innings or more and allowed one run or less and didn't get a decision.

This was No. 28.

The loss was charged to Charlie Furbush, who replaced Hernandez to start the eighth inning.

Furbush gave up an odd infield single to speedy Everth Cabrera to start the inning. Cabrera hit a chopper in between the mound and third. Furbush initially went to field the ball but then moved to let third baseman Kyle Seager make the play. But that didn't happen. Seager, thinking Furbush was making the play, wasn't ready and the ball dropped to the turf.

From there, the Padres pieced together the run. Alexi Amarista bunted Cabrera to second. Pinch-hitter Tommy Medica put the Padres up 2-1 with a single to center to score Cabrera.

The Mariners, like they had most of the night, went quietly in the ninth.

Seattle's one run came in the second inning. With one out, Mike Zunino was hit by a pitch and then advanced to third on Dustin Ackley's single to left-center. Zunino trotted home on Brad Miller's hard RBI single through the left side to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead.

The Mariners did little else against Padres starter Andrew Cashner, who pitched seven innings allowing the one run on seven hits with a walk and two strikeouts.

Seattle should have pushed the lead to 2-0 in the top of the sixth. Logan Morrison led off with a double and then moved to third on a passed ball. But the Mariners never scored him. And it hurt.

San Diego tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Hernandez had given up a leadoff single and then retired 15 straight hitters. But Amarista led off the sixth with an infield single. Cashner bunted him to second and Seth Smith moved him to third with a ground ball. Hernandez's only real mistake -- a wild pitch in the dirt -- scored Amarista from third.

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