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Associated Press, Published May 05 2012

Hernandez, reliever combine to one-hit Twins

SEATTLE – Felix Hernandez and Steve Delabar combined on a one-hitter and the Seattle Mariners shut out the Minnesota Twins 7-0 on Saturday.

Kyle Seager went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs to pace the Mariners offense.

Denard Span had the only Twins’ hit, a roller through the right side in the fourth inning.

Hernandez (3-1) struck out nine and walked two in eight innings. His ERA dropped to 1.89.

Delabar pitched a perfect ninth.

Jason Marquis (2-1) threw six innings, allowed two runs, four hits and tied a career-high with six walks for the Twins.

In his past four outings, Hernandez has allowed 15 hits and two earned runs in 31 innings with 32 strikeouts.

Seager drove in four runs for the second time in four days. His two-run single in the sixth started the scoring, then he hit a two-run home run in the seventh.

There have been 13 one-hitters in Mariners history, 10 thrown by one pitcher and three combined.

The most recent Mariners’ one-hitter thrown by one pitcher was by Jarrod Washburn on July 6, 2009.

Michael Pineda, Jeff Gray and Brandon League combined to hold Tampa Bay to one hit in a 3-2 win July 30, 2011.

The Mariners loaded the bases in the seventh on two walks and a bunt single by Michael Saunders. A sacrifice fly to left field by Brendan Ryan scored pinch-runner Casper Wells to push Seattle in front 3-0.

That ended a short night for Twins reliever Anthony Swarzak. Minnesota brought in left-handed Matt Maloney to face left-handed Ichiro Suzuki.

Ichiro tripled into the right-center field gap to score Dustin Ackley and Saunders. Seager followed with his homer to right field off Gray, who took over for Maloney.

The Twins loaded the bases against Hernandez in the fourth inning. Span singled and went to second on a sacrifice bunt. After Joe Mauer grounded out, Hernandez walked Josh Willingham and Ryan Doumit to load the bases. Hernandez escaped the jam when he got Chris Parmelee to fly out.

Minnesota Seattle

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Span cf 4 0 1 0 Ackley 2b 2 2 1 0

JCarrll ss 3 0 0 0 Ryan ss 2 0 0 1

Mauer dh 4 0 0 0 ISuzuki rf 2 2 1 2

Wlngh lf 2 0 0 0 JMontr c 4 0 1 0

Doumit c 2 0 0 0 Seager 3b 4 1 2 4

Parmel 1b 3 0 0 0 Jaso dh 3 0 1 0

Valenci 3b 3 0 0 0 Smoak 1b 3 0 0 0

Komats rf 3 0 0 0 Carp lf 2 0 0 0

ACasill 2b 3 0 0 0 C.Wells pr-lf 1 1 0 0

MSndrs cf 3 1 1 0

Totals 27 0 1 0 Totals 26 7 7 7

Minnesota 000 000 000— 0

Seattle 000 002 50x— 7

DP—Minnesota 3. LOB—Minnesota 3, Seattle 5. 3B—I.Suzuki (2). HR—Seager (4). S—J.Carroll, Ryan. SF—Ryan.

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Marquis L,2-1 6 4 2 2 6 1

Swarzak Zc 1 3 3 2 0

Maloney 0 1 1 1 0 0

Gray Xc 1 1 1 0 0

Al.Burnett 1 0 0 0 0 1

Seattle

F.Hrnandz W,3-1 8 1 0 0 2 9

Delabar 1 0 0 0 0 1

Maloney pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

T—2:33. A—28,437 (47,860).

Mauer’s single propels Twins to win Friday

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