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  • Hernandez outduels Samardzija

  • SEATTLE — Felix Hernandez put an exclamation on the best first half of his career by outpitching Jeff Samardzija and shutting down the team with the top record in baseball.
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  • SEATTLE — Felix Hernandez put an exclamation on the best first half of his career by outpitching Jeff Samardzija and shutting down the team with the top record in baseball.
    The next start for Seattle's ace could come Tuesday night for the American League in the All-Star game.
    "An honor. I would love to do it," Hernandez said. "We'll see."
    Hernandez continued his roll with eight strong innings, Robinson Cano hit a go-ahead double and the Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 Friday night.
    Hernandez (11-2) reached 11 victories before the All-Star break for the first time in his career, getting nicked for two early runs and then shutting down the AL West-leading A's the rest of the night.
    Hernandez made his 11th straight start going at least seven innings and giving up two earned runs or less. It's the longest streak for an AL pitcher since Gaylord Perry had 11 straight for Cleveland in 1974. The only longer streaks were by Tom Seaver (13 games in 1971) and Mike Scott (12 games in 1986).
    Fernando Rodney got his 27th save, although the ninth wasn't without fireworks. Rodney walked Derek Norris, who reached third with two outs. Rodney then went to 3-2 on Nick Punto and got him on a called strike three to end the game.
    Punto slammed his batting helmet to the ground with both hands and argued with plate umpire James Hoye, and A's manager Bob Melvin joined in, saying the full-count pitch missed the strike zone.
    "All the pitches are strikes," Rodney quipped afterward.
    Melvin and the A's found no humor in the call.
    "I thought it was a little up, maybe a little in. It was just one of those the heat of the moment gets to you a bit," Punto said.
    Cano came through with the clutch base hit Seattle has lacked. James Jones doubled with two outs in the sixth and Cano followed with a flare that landed inches fair down the left-field line to break a 2-all tie.
    Seattle had been 2 for 35 with runners in scoring position prior to Cano's double.
    Hernandez struck out nine and gave up six hits. He rebounded following a shaky first inning to stop the team with the best record in baseball.
    Oakland scored a pair of rare first-inning runs off Seattle's ace.
    Stephen Vogt's solo homer was just the sixth allowed by Hernandez this season, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Josh Donaldson followed with a double and scored on Jed Lowrie's single that sneaked through the infield.
    Hernandez had given up three first-inning runs all season.
    But after Lowrie's single, Hernandez permitted just four baserunners. He struck out the side in the fourth and sixth inning and needed just five pitches to cruise through the seventh.
    "I was locked in. I was throwing a lot of strikes," Hernandez said. "After that everything was working."
    Angels 3, Rangers 0
    At Arlington, Texas, Garrett Richards allowed five hits over seven innings to extend his personal winning streak to seven decisions as the Los Angeles Angels handed the Texas Rangers their sixth consecutive loss.
    Mike Trout provided Richards all the run support he needed with a solo home run in the fourth inning, his 22nd of the season.
    Richards (11-2) is unbeaten with a 1.27 ERA in his last eight starts.
    Giants 5, Diamondbacks 0
    At San Francisco, Tim Lincecum and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, and Lincecum drove in a run with a safety squeeze, helping San Francisco shut out Arizona.
    Pablo Sandoval homered and drove in three runs to break out of a slump that started in late June. The Giants third baseman, hitting just .222 over his previous 16 games, also had an RBI-double and an infield single.
    Lincecum (9-5) allowed three hits over seven innings and fanned Gerado Parra to end a two-on, two-out jam in the seventh. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, owner of a no-hitter this season, struck out six and walked two.
    Even longtime nemesis Paul Goldschmidt struggled against Lincecum. The Arizona first baseman went hitless in three plate appearances against the right-hander.
    Orioles 3, Yankees 2, 10 innings
    At Baltimore, Manny Machado led off the 10th inning with a double and scored on a one-out single by Nick Hundley, giving Baltimore its ninth win in 11 games.
    The AL East-leading Orioles extended their margin over third-place New York to five games. Baltimore has gone to extra innings in three of its last five games and won in the 10th, 11th and 12th innings.
    Machado began the game-winning uprising with a liner into the right-field corner off Adam Warren (1-5). After Ryan Flaherty struck out, Hundley hit a liner into left-center that enabled Machado to score easily.
    Padres 6, Dodgers 3
    At Los Angeles, Carlos Quentin drove in three runs, Alexi Amarista homered and Jesse Hahn pitched six solid innings, leading the San Diego Padres over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
    Hahn (5-2) allowed a run and three hits, struck out six and walked four in his seventh major league start. The 24-year-old right-hander has a 1.46 ERA over his last six outings since Pittsburgh beat him 4-1 on June 3 in his big league debut.
    Huston Street got his 24th save.
    Dan Haren (8-6) was chased in the fifth.
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