Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/29/12

Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez talks to fans before a game against the Baltimore Orioles at SAFECO Field in Seattle on July 8, 2009. Hernandez was selected to his first All Star Game. (UPI Photo/Jim Bryant) Photo via Newscom

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SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was plenty tired after throwing a season-high 128 pitches Thursday against the Boston Red Sox. He wasn't so tired that he couldn't race onto the field and join his teammates when the Mariners pulled out a 1-0 win on pinch hitter John Jaso's one-out single in the bottom of the ninth. It was Seattle's third walk-off victory of the season. "There was a lot of emotion out there tonight," Hernandez said. "It was a great game." Hernandez struck out a season-best 13 while throwing his fifth career shutout, his first since June 30, 2010, in Yankee Stadium. He allowed just five hits and one walk. Even so, Hernandez was done after the top of the ninth, when a one-out single by David Ortiz and a walk to Jarrod Saltalamacchia had him in his first real jam of the night. A nice running catch by Michael Saunders in center helped him escape the inning. "That was just a warrior effort by Felix," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "He's our ac...
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