knew he had to be at his best against a potent Los Angeles lineup.
Hernandez pitched eight scoreless innings to spoil the Los Angeles debut of left-hander
and the Mariners beat the Angels 3-0 on Wednesday night.
''I was in the bullpen and felt like, 'I got to be Felix today because they got a pretty good team,''' said the
Hernandez (14-5) gave up four hits, walked three and struck out six to lower his ERA to 2.65 - second best in the American
League behind Kansas City's
Kazmir, who was acquired on Friday by the Angels from Tampa Bay, gave up one run and three hits in 6 1-3 innings. He walked
one and struck out eight.
''I knew it was going to a pretty good game,'' said Hernandez, who beat the Angels for the first time since April 11, 2008.
''Kazmir threw outstanding. For me, the key was getting ahead of the hitters. They are great hitters.''
After a shaky start to the first inning, Kazmir retired 18 straight before
opened the seventh with a walk.
followed with a double to make it 1-0.
With a 2-0 count on
, Hall then stole third and came home when catcher
's throw bounced past
''Usually when pitchers are behind 2-0, 3-0, they really don't want to look back there, they want to concentrate on the mitt,''
Hall said. ''You can get a nice little running lead if they don't look at you.''
Seattle added a run in the eighth when
issued a bases-loaded walk to
pitched the ninth for his 33rd save in 37 chances.
Hernandez had just one challenging inning. In the third,
had a one-out single then Figgins and Abreu drew two-out walks to load the bases. He then struck out
to escape the threat.
''When we had a chance to score but he would bear down and throw 96 with sink. That's pretty tough,'' Hunter said. ''With
our ball club, I felt like we could get runs with anybody but
. Wow. He's pretty filthy.''
The Angels now go to Kansas City next and will face Greinke Saturday. But Hunter said Greinke ''is not as tough'' as Hernandez.
''Hernandez is definitely nasty, with sink,'' Hunter said. ''Greinke doesn't have that sink. Greinke is just explosive.''
The Angels won the opening game of this series, 10-0, but the second-highest scoring team in baseball was held without a run
over the past two games.
''For the most part, they did a good job on the mound against us,'' Angels manager
said. ''We are going to have to find that offensive continuity and start doing some of the things we know we can do.''
Kazmir (8-8) ran into trouble in the first inning when
led off with an infield single.
singled to center with Suzuki sweeping to third. Kazmir then hit
to load the bases.
But Kazmir, who has a career .138 opponents batting average with the bases loaded, then struck out Sweeney, Beltre, and Hall.
''Felix pitched great out there, a quality game,'' Kazmir said. ''I wish I could have been a little more economical in the
''I felt like there was one pitch I really wanted back - the pitch to
. I wanted to throw a fastball in but it got a lot more of the plate than I wanted to.''
NOTES: DH Ken Griffey, Jr., who has been unavailable for the past six games because of sore left knee, is expected to start
Thursday. ''The MRI came back looked real good, so he'll be ready to go,'' Wakamatsu said. ... Abreu is on a 4-for-31 slide
but Scioscia is not concerned. ''He's in a little funk now but he says he feels as strong as ever,'' he said. ''We really
feel he's going to finish strong so this is just a little bump in the road.'' ... Napoli's second-inning single broke an 0-for-16