King Felix dominates Padres in Mariners' 6-1 win

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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez delivers against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game on Sunday, May 22, 2011, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Felix Hernandez tied his career high with 13 strikeouts in eight dominant innings to lead the Seattle Mariners over the San Diego Padres 6-1 on Sunday.

Hernandez (5-4) allowed one run and six hits as the Mariners won their fifth straight and completed a three-game sweep. Seattle held a commanding advantage over San Diego in runs (14-2) and hits (32-14) while striking out 35 Padres batters in the series.

The Mariners have allowed two runs or less in their last seven games. They held the Padres to six hits or fewer in each of the three games.

Hernandez, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, kept up the stingy pace. He gave up three singles in the seventh for San Diego’s only run, but struck out seven of nine batters during one stretch from the second through the fourth.

The right-hander did not walk a batter as he snapped a two-start skid. Hernandez improved his interleague record to 11-4 with a 2.75 ERA in 20 career starts.

Hernandez also struck out 13 last Aug. 10 against Oakland. He has fanned 10 or more batters 11 times in his career.

Seattle starting pitchers have gone at least seven innings in nine straight starts and in 14 of 17 games this month. In the last seven games, the starters have allowed only four earned runs.

Carlos Peguero and Brendan Ryan each had a two-run double to pace a Mariners offense that came into the game with AL’s lowest batting average and the second-fewest runs in the majors.

San Diego has lost four of five on its eight-game homestand. During that stretch, the Padres have scored five runs on 29 hits with 52 strikeouts.

The loss dropped San Diego’s home record to 8-18, worst in the NL. The Padres have lost 14 of 17 games to Seattle at Petco Park.

Tim Stauffer (0-3) gave up three runs and 10 hits, including Peguero’s two-run double in the third, over six innings. The damage could have been worse, but Stauffer stranded nine runners in the first five innings.

Corey Luebke started the seventh and gave up consecutive singles to Adam Kennedy and Miguel Olivo. Ryan then greeted reliever Luke Gregerson with a one-out double to drive in two runs and give Seattle a 5-0 lead.

Olivo had three of Seattle’s 15 hits and scored three runs. Franklin Gutierrez added an RBI single in the ninth.

San Diego’s only run came after a leadoff single by Chase Headley in the seventh. With one out, Cameron Maybin singled and Chris Denorfia’s two-out singled scored Headley.

NOTES: Hernandez has allowed two earned runs or less in nine of his 11 starts. … San Diego batters have struck out 391 times, tops in the majors.

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