KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Even with Felix Hernandez pitching for quick outs instead of trying to overpower hitters, the Kansas City Royals couldn't solve the Seattle Mariners' ace.
Hernandez won his fourth straight decision, Jesus Montero homered and drove in four runs as the Mariners beat the Royals 6-1 Thursday.
"He pitched outstanding," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He didn't throw the heat as much. He wasn't trying to overpower us. He had good two-seam action and commanded the ball as well as any pitcher we've seen this year."
With the temperature above 100 for most of the game, Hernandez eschewed his normal routine of striking out 10 or more. Coming in with a major league-leading 143 strikeouts, he finished with three -- tying a season low.
"He had a good breaking ball and kept the ball down, pitched to contact," Yost said. "He did a good job of getting quick outs. He was throwing strikes and commanding the ball down, using both sides of the plate. You can have a low pitch ...