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King Felix pitches well; Mariners lose 2-1

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 19, 2014 at 1:14 am •  Published: June 19, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Felix Hernandez is still a king at Petco Park even if his Seattle Mariners didn't win Wednesday night.

Hernandez pitched well enough to win, although his wild pitch tied a game the Mariners eventually lost 2-1.

Hernandez struck out 10 and allowed only three singles in seven innings, with no walks. He remains 5-0 lifetime at Petco Park with a 1.51 ERA.

"It was a tough game for the Seattle Mariners, not just Felix. Those things happen," manager Lloyd McClendon said.

"They had their best guy on the mound and we had our best guy on the mound. It was one of those games where we knew it was going to be close."

San Diego starter Andrew Cashner also pitched well, allowing one run and seven hits in seven innings. He struck out two and walked two.

Pinch-hitter Tommy Medica singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning for the Padres, who were playing their first home game since Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died of cancer Monday.

The light-hitting Padres honored Gwynn before the game and then cobbled together just enough offense for their second win in 10 games.

Everth Cabrera started the winning rally by beating out an infield single on a chopper against Charlie Furbush (0-4). Cabrera was sacrificed over by Alexi Amarista and scored on Medica's liner to center. James Jones' throw home was late and off line.

It was the most runs the Padres have scored in four games. They had lost three straight, including two in Seattle.

Joaquin Benoit (3-0) pitched a perfect eighth. Huston Street worked the ninth for his 19th save in as many chances.

Mark Martinez, Gwynn's top assistant at San Diego State, threw the ceremonial first pitch to Padres manager Bud Black, who was a teammate of Gwynn's for one season with the Aztecs. The Padres players and coaches then gathered around a large No. 19 painted on the grass in right field, which was Gwynn's number and position, for a 19-second moment of silence.

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