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Hernandez, Mariners take down A's 3-1

Hernandez, Mariners take down A's 3-1
Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game on Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Felix Hernandez took a shutout into the ninth inning, Dustin Ackley and Abraham Almonte hit home runs and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 Saturday.

Hernandez (2-0) retired the first 11 batters on the way to his 16th career win over the Athletics, his most against any team. Hernandez walked one and struck out eight while allowing a run on six hits over 8 1/3 innings.

Fernando Rodney got the final two outs to record his first save with the Mariners. Robinson Cano had two hits.

Dan Straily (0-1) allowed three runs on six hits over his six innings. He walked one and struck out seven.

Straily carried a shutout into the fifth inning before Ackley's towering two-run shot gave the Mariners a 2-0 lead.

The Mariners are now 4-1 to start the season. They close their series with Oakland on Sunday at 1pm.
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