Felix Hernandez allowed one run over seven innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the New York Yankees 9-2 today, ending a 17-game losing streak.
The 25-year-old reigning American League Cy Young Award winner allowed five hits, four walks and struck out five to earn his ninth win of the season. Rookie Dustin Ackley was 3-for-5 with three runs batted in, and Ichiro Suzuki added four hits, two runs and two stolen bases as the Mariners won for the first time since July 5.
Hernandez, a two-time All-Star, is 9-9 in 2011 with a 3.38 earned run average. His 153 strikeouts are third in the league, trailing Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers and CC Sabathia of the Yankees.
New York starter Phil Hughes allowed two runs on nine hits over six innings and left trailing 2-1. The Mariners broke the game open with five runs in the seventh off a trio of Yankees relievers. Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano drove in the two New York runs.
Seattle’s 17-game losing streak was the longest in baseball this season and four shy of the American League record of 21 set by the Baltimore Orioles in 1988. The team was outscored 101-44 during the skid and dropped from 2.5 games out of the AL West division lead to 15.5 games behind the Texas Rangers.
New York is 61-41, 2 1/2 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East. The Yankees, who have made the playoffs 15 of the past 16 seasons, are in first place in the wild-card standings.
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