M's rally late, Hernandez tosses CGSep 1, 2011 - 6:00 AM Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Mike Carp delivered the go-ahead two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning and Felix Hernandez went the distance for the fifth time this season, sending the Mariners to a 2-1 victory over the Angels.
Hernandez (13-11), won a fabulous pitching matchup with Dan Haren by striking out nine batters in his 18th career complete game.
Haren (13-8) had seven strikeouts over 7 2/3 frames, but Scott Downs failed to get out of the eighth-inning jam.
"Both of those guys threw terrific ball games," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We didn't get much going offensively, we got one run, with today's lineup you have to keep making pitches and Danny did for the most part. I think those guys battled, pitch by pitch."
Franklin Gutierrez singled to center with two outs and Dustin Ackley's base hit to right put men at the corners. Carp then faced Downs and drove a 2-1 pitch off the base of the wall in center field to score both runners.
Carp has recorded 25 RBI in August, tying the all-time monthly rookie record in Mariners history. Danny Tartabull had 25 in July 1986.
Hernandez struck out Bobby Abreu and Torii Hunter to start the ninth and Mark Trumbo flied out to deep right field to end the game, giving Seattle two victories in the first three contests of this series, which concludes Thursday night.
"The big story was Felix," Carp said. "That guy is amazing. He was electric again tonight."
Hernandez, who allowed just five hits, has 1,246 career strikeouts, which moves him past Jamie Moyer (1,239) for second-most in Mariners history. Randy Johnson is the all-time franchise leader with 2,162 strikeouts.
Howie Kendrick singled in Mike Trout in the third inning for the Angels, who remained 3 1/2 games behind first-place Texas in the AL West.
Haren retired 15 in a row until Carp singled sharply to right field with one out in the seventh. Kyle Seager singled to left with two outs and Casper Wells reached first when his grounder went off the heel of the glove of third baseman Alberto Callaspo. Haren escaped the bases-loaded jam by fielding Brendan Ryan's grounder back to the mound and delivering an underhand flip to Trumbo.
Prior to the game, the Mariners agreed to a multi-year contract extension with general manager Jack Zduriencik. The team also traded infielder Jack Wilson to the Atlanta Braves for a player to be named later...The Angels are 9-6 vs. the M's in 2011...Hernandez has at least 200 strikeouts in three straight years...Erick Aybar extended his hitting streak to a season-high 11 games for Los Angeles.
- LOS ANGELES: 1
Sep 1 12:34 AM
- Howie Kendrick singled to left scored Mike Trout. Runner on first with two outs and Bobby Abreu due up.
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- LOS ANGELES: 0
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