Hernandez Holds Down A's, Pitches Seattle to 4-2 Win

Young righty hurls complete game
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2008 11:49 PM CDT
Seattle Mariners' Raul Ibanez drops his bat after hitting an RBI single in the first inning of a baseball game against Oakland Athletics, Wednesday, April 16, 2008, in Oakland, Calif.    (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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(Newser) – Felix Hernandez found success with all four of his pitches, throwing his first complete game in more than a year to lead the Seattle Mariners past the Oakland Athletics 4-2 Wednesday night. Hernandez struck out eight in an eight-hitter, retiring 16 of 18 during one stretch. He threw 115 pitches in a game that took only 2 hours, 9 minutes.

Jose Vidro hit a two-run double off Joe Blanton, Adrian Beltre doubled twice and drove in a run and Raul Ibanez had three hits, an RBI and scored twice for Seattle. Hernandez (2-0) lowered his ERA from 1.66 to 1.52. He already held a 3-0 lead when he took the mound in the bottom of the first.