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Hernandez and Mariners beat slumping Tigers 9-1

Associated Press Modified: April 25, 2012 at 10:31 pm •  Published: April 25, 2012
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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.

"We had a great chance against him in the first inning and we got nothing," said Detroit's Delmon Young, who drew the third walk off Hernandez said. "After that, he had a lead and he didn't have to give us anything to hit."

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.

"It's been a lot of fun to watch these guys the last couple of days after a tough week," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.

Detroit's sluggers were shut down. Prince Fielder avoided a hitless night with a single in the ninth inning. Miguel Cabrera went 0 for 4 with two warning-track flyouts.

"Usually, if he doesn't get a hit it's a near miss," Wedge said.

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 on the side and is expected to throw off the mound on Thursday. ... Tigers RHP Luis Marte, on the DL with a strained left hamstring, played long toss before the game.