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Aces Wild: King Felix, Bumgarner square off in Seattle

Jun 17, 2015 - 1:55 PM ( - You won't find a better pitching matchup than the one you will see on Wednesday when Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners welcome Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants to Safeco Field.

Hernandez, though, looked like anything but an ace on Friday in Houston, as the former AL Cy Young Award winner was rocked to the tune of eight runs in just a third of an inning and failed in his quest to become the majors' first 10-game winner.

"I don't know," said Hernandez, who can still become the AL's first double- digit winner with a win this evening. "I don't know what happened. To be honest, I don't really know."

Hernandez fell to 9-3 as his ERA rose from 2.51 to 3.38. He had allowed just seven runs in his first five road games this year, but saw that mark bettered after facing just nine Astros batters .

"There was nothing to say," McClendon said of that decision. "Listen, he's human. He had a tough night. I was not going to stress him anymore. He was at 31 pitches with one out, it just made no sense [to leave him in longer]."

Hernandez has faced the Giants three times and is 2-0 against them with a 2.57 ERA.

As for Bumgarner, he'll also be trying to bounce back from a loss, but his was hardly his fault. Bumgarner was dealt a tough-luck setback to Arizona on Friday, as he allowed just one run in eight innings of a 1-0 loss. Still, he fell to 7-3 on the year to go along with a 3.16 ERA.

"Those games are as fun as any," said Bumgarner, who will be making his second-ever start versus the Mariners. "You can't take a single pitch off because of the way the night's going. You have to be battling the whole time. At the time, it's not the most fun. But that's why you play this game. After it's over with, personal results are what they are, you feel as good about a start like this as you do any of them."

These teams split the first two legs of this four-game, home-and-home set in San Francisco. The Giants put an end to a nine-game home losing streak on Tuesday, as Matt Duffy had three hits and three RBI in a 6-2 win.

Duffy put the Giants ahead with a two-run homer in the second inning and added an RBI single later on to help slumping San Francisco put an end to a six-game overall skid.

"This is a game we needed just to kind of change momentum of how things have been going," said Casey McGehee, who had two RBI as part of a three-run eighth inning. "It definitely leaves a better taste in your mouth getting on the plane this way rather than the alternative."

Four San Francisco relievers did their part as well, combining for 3 1/3 scoreless innings after Tim Lincecum (7-3) held the Mariners to two runs over 5 2/3 frames.

Seattle's J.A. Happ (3-3) was reached for three runs and seven hits over six innings, extending his personal winless stretch to seven straight starts.

Brad Miller was the Mariners' lone offensive bright spot, driving in both Seattle runs on a solo homer and a single. Seattle managed just five hits, none, though, against the San Francisco bullpen.

Seattle took two of three meetings with San Francisco in 2012 and has won 12 of the past 16 games in this series.