Felix goes the distance

Mariners 6, Athletics 2

April 1, 2011

OAKLAND — All Felix Hernandez needed was a little help and the Mariners ace got that from two surprising sources Friday in a 6-2 victory over the A’s in an Opening Night battle in the Bay Area.

Third baseman Chone Figgins matched his 2010 home run total by belting a solo shot off Oakland reliever Craig Breslow in the sixth inning, providing Hernandez a 3-2 lead after the reigning Cy Young Award winner spotted the A’s an early lead on a two-run, first-inning home run by Josh Willingham.

And the A’s reputedly strong defense suffered a first-game meltdown with five errors that helped Seattle break the game open in the late going as the Mariners won their fifth straight season opener, this time in manager Eric Wedge’s debut.

Hernandez won the Cy Young Award last year despite just a 13-12 record because of his dominance despite any run support. Only three times in 34 starts last year did Seattle score six or more runs. Hernandez gave up just five hits Friday with no walks and five strikeouts in the first Opening Day complete game in Mariners history.

The Mariners used patience at the plate to wear down A’s starter Trevor Cahill and several subsequent relievers as Seattle drew seven walks and drove Cahill out after just 4 2/3 innings by running up his pitch count.

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