(Sports Network) - Felix Hernandez tries to string back-to-back wins together
on Saturday when the Seattle Mariners continue a four-game set against the Los
Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Safeco Field.
After allowing eight runs in two starts, Hernandez has bounced back by giving
up just one his last two times out to lower his ERA to 2.08. The former Cy
Young Award winner was brilliant against the Houston Astros on Monday and
picked up career win No. 100 in the process, as he scattered five hits and
struck out nine over six scoreless innings to win for the first time since
"Finally. Finally," Hernandez said of reaching the milestone. "It took too
long. But it felt great. One hundred wins in the big leagues and hopefully I
can get more and more. My teammates did a great job out there scoring runs. It
Hernandez, who is 2-2 on the year, has struggled against the Angels, going a
mere 6-12 in 30 starts against them with a 4.07 ERA.
The Angels will counter with righty Joe Blanton, who is 0-3 with a 7.84.
Blanton did not get a decision on Monday against Texas, but was awful again,
as he allowed four runs and 12 hits in six innings of his team's 7-6 loss.
Blanton, though, is 8-5 lifetime versus the Mariners with a 3.50 ERA in 15
Los Angeles snapped a two-game slide on Friday, as Mark Trumbo and Hank Conger
each cranked two-run home runs to help the Angels to 6-3 win. Albert Pujols
added two RBI and Peter Bourjos had two runs scored for the Angels, who won
only their third road game in 10 tries this season.
C.J. Wilson (2-0) scattered three runs and seven hits while striking out a
season-high nine Mariners in 5 1/3 innings of work.
"C.J., at times he was electric tonight, and at times, it was rough. You have
a 5-run lead, and he was having trouble getting the ball into the zone and
putting some hitters away," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Kelly Shoppach and Robert Andino each had two hits for Seattle, which lost for
the sixth time in eight games. Aaron Harang (0-3) lasted just three innings,
yielding five earned runs and six hits.
"I love the way our guys fought tonight," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.
"When you get down early like that it can be easy for the game to get away."
The Angels were 11-8 against the Mariners last season.
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