MLB Game Summary - Seattle at San Diego
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - Jose Lopez and Ichiro Suzuki doubled home runs in the final two innings and Felix Hernandez worked within one out of a complete game, as Seattle salvaged the finale of a three-game interleague set with San Diego via a 4-2 decision.
Milton Bradley hit a two-run homer to help back Hernandez (4-5), who struck out nine, walked one and allowed just four hits -- one a two-run inside-the- park home run off the bat of Tony Gwynn Jr. David Aardsma secured the final out with a runner aboard to get his 13th save.
"Four hits tells what kind of stuff he has," Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said of Hernandez. "To be able to get deeper in the ball game, that's what's critical is when you have to get ahead of hitters. It was a tremendous game. He went out to win that game and he did in all facets of it."
Padres starter Clayton Richard went seven innings and gave up just five hits, including Bradley's home run. Luke Gregerson (1-2) and Joe Thatcher served up a run each in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.
Both pitchers worked effectively early on with only a single two-run swing costing each on the scoreboard through seven innings. Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez's botched dive added to San Diego's lone dent in Hernandez's line.
A Jerry Hairston Jr. doubled started the third and Gwynn roped a humpback liner to center that Gutierrez charged but let slip past him. The ball rolled back to the warning track as Hairston and Gwynn rounded the bases for a 2-0 edge.
"It was fun while we were winning," Gwynn said. "I can't remember if I've ever done that before. I knew once he missed it, I figured he was playing me a little shallow so I knew the ball was going to roll all the way to the wall."
Bradley, though, tied it with a shot to right in the fourth following a fielder's choice grounder by Lopez. Seattle loaded the bases in the sixth but Richard escaped by getting a groundout from Mike Carp.
Gregerson took over in the eighth and yielded a leadoff base hit to Chone Figgins. Gutierrez failed to move the runner with a pop out on a bunt attempt, but Lopez came through with a double to left as Figgins raced home with the go-ahead run.
Hernandez retired the side in order in the eighth, and Suzuki provided some insurance in the ninth with a double to score Rob Johnson.
Hernandez gave up a one-out single to Adrian Gonzalez in the bottom half and was pulled with two down having reached 128 pitches. Nick Hundley flied out to end the game.