Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 4/25/12
Felix Hernandez allowed only a run in seven innings, rookie Alex Liddi hit a two-run homer and the Seattle Mariners went on to beat the slumping Detroit Tigers 9-1 Wednesday night. Hernandez (2-1) gave up a solo homer to Brennan Boesch in the third and not much else. The right-hander yielded four hits and three walks, giving all of the free passes in the first. Adam Wilk (0-3) allowed six runs and eight hits in just two-plus innings. The rookie gave up just two runs in each of his first two starts. The Tigers have lost five of six after starting 9-3. Seattle has won two straight after losing four in a row. Hernandez got out of his only jam in the first inning. The ace loaded the bases with walks, then got Alex Avila to ground out to second baseman Dustin Ackley, who bobbled the ball, but scooped it up and threw to first in time to get the slow-footed catcher. Hernandez has won nine straight decisions against the Tigers since losing to them in 2006. The Tigers led off the third, fourth and fifth innings with hits, but scored only once on Boesch's third homer of the season. Liddi, meanwhile, chased two pitchers. His second homer in as many days ended Wilk's night after he got just six outs. Liddi's single in the sixth loaded the bases and finished rookie reliever Thad Weber. Collin Balester induced three flyouts, but walked in a run to make it 9-1. Seattle matched its season high with 15 hits a day after setting it with 15 against the Tigers -- just days after Phil Humber of the Chicago White Sox threw baseball's 21st perfect game against the Mariners. Detroit's sluggers were shut down. Miguel Cabrera went 0 for 4 with two warning-track flyouts and Prince Fielder avoided a hitless night with a single in the ninth inning. And, no one on the team that began the season with a highly touted lineup had more than one hit until Ramon Santiago hit a two-out single in the ninth to load the bases, only to have Don Kelly end the game with a popup. NOTES: Hernandez's nine-game winning streak against the Tigers is the longest by a pitcher against them since Minnesota's Brad Radke won 12 straight from 2000-2004. ... Ex-Tigers RHP Jeremy Bonderman, who hasn't pitched since 2010, had elbow-ligament replacement surgery Tuesday in the hopes of making a comeback next spring. ... Mariners OF Mike Carp, on the DL with a sprained right shoulder, could be in the lineup within a week. ... Detroit RHP Doug Fister, on the DL with a rib muscle strain, threw off the mound and RHP Luis Marte, on the DL with a strained left hamstring, played long toss before the game.
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