BY SPNW Staff 11:20PM 03/22/2013

Felix has 9 K’s in Mariners win over Padres

Didn’t take long for Felix Hernandez to reach peak form. Throwing 70 pitches in six innings, the Mariners’ ace struck out nine and retired the final 13 batters in a row as Seattle beat the San Diego Padres 3-1 in a night game Friday at Peoria Stadium.

“Today was a day when everything was working,” Hernandez said, “Wasn’t just fastball and change-up. Curve ball, slider, everything. I had something going today.”

In six shutout innings, Hernandez gave up no walks and two hits.

“He was really effective with everything,” manager Eric Wedge said. “When he does that — throw any pitch, any tim, for a strike — he’s special.”

The Mariners improved to 18-8 and have the second-most wins, trailing only the Kansas City Royals (19-6-1).

Relief pitcher Danny Farquhar earned the win despite allowing a solo home run to first baseman Yonder Alonso in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game. Right-handed pitcher Kameron Loe had a scoreless eighh and Carter Capps picked up his first save after striking out the side in the ninth.

Catcher Kelly Shoppach gave the Mariners a 1-0 lead with a solo home run to lead off the fifth inning, his first. The home run was the 47th longball hit by the Mariners, tying for the second-most (2009) in franchise history.

In the top of the eighth, minor league shortstop Chris Taylor, the Mariners fifth-round draft pick out of the University of Virginia in June, broke a 1-1 tie with a two-out, two-run RBI single on a full count that put the Mariners on top 3-1.

The Mariners play the Cleveland Indians at Peoria Stadium at 1:05 p.m Saturday, televised on ROOT Sports and broadcast on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network. Right-hander Blake Beavan  will make his fourth start against Indians left-hander Scott Kazmir.


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