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Haniger's hot bat backs King in win vs. Miami

April 19, 2017

SEATTLE -- Run support hasn't always been plentiful for Felix Hernandez over the course of his Mariners career, but the 13-year veteran got lots of help Wednesday afternoon as Seattle topped the Marlins, 10-5, in the Interleague series finale at Safeco Field.Hernandez gave up four runs on 12 hits over

SEATTLE -- Run support hasn't always been plentiful for Felix Hernandez over the course of his Mariners career, but the 13-year veteran got lots of help Wednesday afternoon as Seattle topped the Marlins, 10-5, in the Interleague series finale at Safeco Field.
Hernandez gave up four runs on 12 hits over 6 1/3 innings , but he improved to 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA as Seattle -- which managed just one hit in a 5-0 loss on Tuesday -- racked up a season high in runs while totaling 11 hits and 10 walks.
"The entire game was a grind," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "Felix giving up four or five hits and a hit batter in the first, and you're thinking, 'Wow, how are we going to get through this?' But I trust him. There's a very long leash with Felix, and he usually finds a way. He hung in there and our offense got it going from there."

Ichiro Suzuki, who played his first 11 1/2 seasons in Seattle, capped what could be his final homecoming to Safeco Field with a leadoff homer in the ninth for the Marlins as he went 2-for-4 in just his third start of the year.

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Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton ripped their fourth home runs of the season off Hernandez, and Yelich made a highlight-reel catch of a deep drive by Jarrod Dyson in the first, but the Marlins fell to 8-7 and lost the opening series of their nine-game road trip.

Rookie right fielder Mitch Haniger again led the Mariners with four RBIs as he went 3-for-4 with a double and walk to hike his average to .323, while Kyle Seager was 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and four RBIs. Seattle has won five of its past six games to climb back into the early American League West race at 7-9.

Edinson Volquez, who was 5-0 with a 2.49 ERA in seven prior starts against Seattle, lasted just three innings as he surrendered four runs on five hits and four walks in a 70-pitch outing. Volquez fell to 0-2 with a 4.82 ERA in four starts since signing a two-year deal with the Marlins in free agency.
"Edinson was just battling out there," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "That was kind of tough. We tried to change the momentum there with [reliever Dustin McGowan], and that didn't work either. I thought we did a good job with Felix early on and staying on him. We just weren't able to keep them down, and they built a little bit of a cushion, so we couldn't get back into it."
Out at home: Hernandez gave up four straight singles in the top of the first and was down, 1-0, with the bases loaded when Justin Bour lofted a fly ball to left fielder Dyson. Martin Prado tagged from third and tried to score, but Dyson fired a strike to catcher Mike Zunino for the double play, and Hernandez wound up getting out of the inning with just two runs despite five singles and a hit batter. First baseman Mike Freeman also threw Stanton out at the plate to end the fifth when Stanton tried sneaking home from second on an infield single by J.T. Realmuto to third baseman Seager.

"I was just hoping it stayed on line," Dyson said of his outfield assist. "When I saw it stayed on line, I said, 'Thank God,' because my ball can kind of tail at times. That was real important. They got base hit after base hit early, but Felix settled down, and we got outs and made plays behind him, and he dialed in after that. He kept us in the ballgame, and we got him some runs, and he was just doing what Felix does best."

Two plus two: The Mariners broke things open in the fourth on a two-run double by Haniger off the wall in left-center, followed by a two-run single by Seager that made it 8-3. Both hits came off Miami reliever McGowan, who gave up four hits, a walk and a hit batter in that frame after replacing Volquez. Haniger has been red hot over a 13-game hit streak while racking up a team-leading 15 RBIs, but Seager has also warmed of late, as he's batting .333 (10-for-30) with three doubles and eight RBIs over his past nine games.

"You don't want to see your opponent hit a home run off you, but at that moment, that was pretty special. I had chills for him. Obviously, playing against him, you don't want him to hit a homer there, but when he did, in Safeco with all the things he's done here, that was a pretty special baseball moment. That was bigger than just this game." -- Seager, on former teammate Ichiro's home run
Suzuki got the start in right field for Miami and also singled in the fourth off Hernandez. He now has 1,240 career hits at Safeco. Next closest on that list: Raul Ibanez with 505.

Stanton's homer landed in the nether regions of the ballpark that aren't visited very often. The blast reached the back of "The Pen" viewing section in left-center field, a 445-foot blast that left the bat with an exit velocity of 114.1 mph, according to Statcast™. The shot put him in rare statistical territory, as Stanton is now tied with Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies for the most homers in the Statcast™ era with distance of at least 440 feet (18). Thirty-one percent of Stanton's homers in that time have gone 440 feet or more, which is the highest in the Major Leagues in that span with a minimum of 10 homers hit. Safeco also became the 25th park in which Stanton has homered. More >

Fan reacts to Stanton's homer like he'd just seen Godzilla
Marlins: Off on Thursday, Miami opens a three-game series at Petco Park in San Diego at 10:10 p.m. ET on Friday. Adam Conley gets the series rolling for the Marlins. Trevor Cahill is lined up for the Padres. Conley is back on schedule after a hectic week in which he threw an inning of relief in a 16-inning loss to the Mets, followed up two days later by a six-inning start against New York.
Mariners:James Paxton has yet to allow a run over 21 innings in three starts, and he'll look to extend that club-record string in Thursday's 7:05 p.m. PT series opener in Oakland as the Mariners begin a three-city, 10-game road trip. The lefty is 2-0 with a 2.75 ERA in three career starts vs. the A's.
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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for since 2011. Follow him on Twitter [

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Doug Miller is a reporter for and covered the Marlins on Wednesday. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB.