Felix Hernandez pitched a five-hitter for his first career shutout, leading Seattle over the Los Angeles Angels, 2-0, last night and stopping the host Mariners' 20-game losing streak against the AL West.
Hernandez (11-12) threw 95 pitches, struck out four, and walked none in his second complete game in 38 major league starts.
All the Angels' hits were singles, and Hernandez retired his last 10 batters. The game took just 1 hour 51 minutes, the fastest in the history of Safeco Field, which opened in July 1999.
Last Wednesday against the New York Yankees, Hernandez gave up seven earned runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings, his worst major league start.
Seattle's streak was the longest against division rivals since the big leagues split into divisions in 1969. It matched the 1969 Montreal Expos' skid against the NL West for the longest slide against teams from any division. Seattle's previous win against an AL West team was June 11, when it completed a three-game sweep of the Angels. Hernandez won that game as well, throwing a four-hitter that required 94 pitches.
The Mariners, fresh off a three-game sweep of the Red Sox, won their fifth straight, tying their longest winning streak of the season.
Dodgers 6, Reds 5 -- Russell Martin hit a two-run homer, Jason Repko had a two-run single, and Los Angeles beat Cincinnati at Chavez Ravine.
Andre Ethier also had three hits and Jeff Kent added an RBI double, helping the Dodgers increase their NL West lead to three games over San Diego after a 4-5 trip.
Cincinnati dropped 3 1/2 games back of St. Louis in the NL Central. The Reds lead the wild-card race, a half-game in front of San Diego and a game in front of Philadelphia.
Brad Penny (14-7) allowed a run and four hits over five innings.
Diamondbacks 7, Padres 4 -- Pitching one day after the death of a close friend in a Kentucky plane crash, Brandon Webb scattered six hits over 7 1/3 innings and helped Arizona beat San Diego in Phoenix.
Webb's former University of Kentucky teammate Jon Hooker was among 49 people killed in the crash of commuter jet in Lexington Sunday. Webb (14-5) tied Carlos Zambrano of Chicago for most victories in the NL.
Eric Byrnes, moved from leadoff to cleanup in the Arizona order, was 4 for 5 and drove in four runs.
Mets 8, Phillies 3 -- Carlos Delgado, David Wright, and Paul Lo Duca drove in two runs apiece and host New York pushed across six runs in the third inning in its win over Philadelphia.
The Mets, whose streak of homering ended at nine games, have won nine of 10 to increase their NL East lead to a season-high 15 1/2 games over the second-place Phillies.
Marlins 4, Brewers 2 -- Josh Johnson (12-6) lowered his major league-leading ERA to 2.87, and host Florida extended its winning streak to eight by completing a four-game sweep of Milwaukee.
Indians 6, Blue Jays 4 -- Grady Sizemore homered, doubled twice, and scored three runs, helping host Cleveland beat Toronto and improve to a major league-best 14-5 since Aug. 9.
Pirates 11, Cubs 6 -- Freddy Sanchez had three hits to improve his NL-leading batting average to .349, and host Pittsburgh beat Chicago in a matchup of the teams with the poorest records in the NL.