Felix Hernandez gave a single to the first batter he faced Tuesday, then pitched another gem, working into the eighth inning in Seattle’s 5-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians that was the Mariners seventh consecutive win.
Eric Thames had a solo home run, John Jaso put the Mariners ahead for good and Jesus Montero broke the game open with a three-run home run as Seattle pulled its season record to 60-64.
A crowd of 39,204, most of them wearing yellow t-shirts commemorating Felix’s perfect game last week, saw the Mariners run their record since the All-Star break to an American League-best 24-13.
“I got chills walking to the dugout,” Feloix said. “Wow. I really appreciate the fans in Seattle. And this team, we are playing the right way. I’m seeing offense, defense – everything!”
In the seventh inning, tied at 1-1, the Mariners scored four times to seize control, with Montero’s three-run shot, his 13th home run, they key.
“I hit the ball and it went out so fast I lost it,” Montero said. “Then I saw them trying to catch it in the upper deck and I thought, ‘Thank God!’
“Felix is King Felix, and these fans came out to see him tonight, and I was happy to help him win a game. We play as a team, but Felix is special.”
For the season, Hernandez is now 12-5 with a 2.54 ERA and is on an eight-game winning streak of his own.