SAN DIEGO (AP) — Until Thursday, Jesse Hahn hadn't pitched seven innings since his junior year of college in 2010, after which he had reconstructive elbow surgery.
The rookie right-hander pitched seven strong innings and pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia singled in the go-ahead run in a four-run seventh for the San Diego Padres, who rallied for the second straight game to beat the Seattle Mariners 4-1 on Thursday night.
"I'm building up my innings and my pitch count and I've actually felt stronger and stronger as I went out there, so hopefully next start I'll be able to go eight, and maybe a complete game," Hahn said.
The light-hitting Padres salvaged a split of the four-game season series by winning consecutive games for the first time since May 30-31. Robinson Cano had three singles for the Mariners, who beat the Padres in Seattle on Monday and Tuesday.
Hahn (2-1) was making his third big league start. He held Seattle to an unearned run and five hits, struck out seven and walked two. In his last two starts, Hahn has allowed no earned runs and just six hits while striking out 14 in 13 innings.
"He did a lot of nice things on the mound," manager Bud Black said. "He showed again composure for a guy who's only made three major league starts, so there was a lot of good today from Jesse."
Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 20th save in 20 opportunities, getting a double-play ball after allowing a double and single with one out.
Seattle's Erasmo Ramirez, winless since April 1, left with a 1-0 lead after six innings. But Dominic Leone (2-1) allowed four runs, three hits and a walk while getting only one out in the seventh.
Yasmani Grandal grounded out leading off the Padres' seventh before they tied it on consecutive triples by Tommy Medica and Cameron Maybin. On Wednesday night, Medica's RBI pinch-hit single in the eighth gave the Padres a 2-1 win.
Carlos Quentin walked and was replaced by pinch-runner Jace Peterson before Denorfia, pinch-hitting for Hahn, singled to center to bring in Maybin with the go-ahead run. Joe Beimel came on and retired Will Venable before allowing Everth Cabrera's two-run single to right.
"Hitting's contagious," Medica said. "A few guys start doing it, I mean, it starts clicking. We did it that inning and hopefully we can get it rolling a little more."