vote, he'd cast it for Kansas City's
. The batters who faced Hernandez on Thursday night might find it difficult to vote for anyone but the Seattle ace.
Hernandez had a season-high 11 strikeouts,
hit a tiebreaking two-run triple in the eighth inning and the Mariners beat the
Toronto Blue Jays
''His stuff was unbelievable tonight,'' Toronto's
said of Hernandez. ''He left a lot of guys shaking their heads, just trying to figure out what to do to put a ball in play.''
Hernandez (17-5) allowed four runs, three earned, and seven hits in eight innings to improve to 5-0 with a 1.57 ERA in his
last six starts. The right-hander, a candidate for the AL Cy Young Award, also moved to 10-2 with a 1.99 ERA in 18 road starts.
''Felix was absolutely tremendous,'' Seattle manager
said. ''I thought the first couple of innings, that's as good of stuff as I've seen him have.''
Hernandez credited an on-form changeup for his high strikeout total.
''The strikeouts, everything was changeups,'' Hernandez said. ''It was unbelievable today. First time I've had a changeup
Hernandez, who has two starts remaining, said he's not thinking about his
candidacy. But he likes Greinke, who has won four straight decisions after losing five of six.
''I'd vote for Greinke, he's doing a great job.'' Hernandez said. ''He's tough, he's nasty.''
Wakamatsu wouldn't hesitate to vote for Hernandez.
''I'd vote for Felix, without a doubt,'' Wakamatsu said. ''I don't know if anybody has impacted the club this year greater
than he has. You've got to remember, too, he's 23 years old.''
hit a two-run homer for Seattle, which has won six of eight.
Wilson gave the Mariners a 5-3 lead with a two-out triple to right off left-hander
''That's a big two-out hit, especially at that time,'' Wakamatsu said. ''I don't think you can have a more timely hit.''
singled in a run in the bottom half but
pitched around a leadoff walk for his 36th save in 40 chances, ending Toronto's five-game home winning streak.
allowed three runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings. The rookie has won just once in his last six starts.
went 2 for 5 with a pair of singles for Seattle, keeping his average at .355. Suzuki is second in the AL batting race behind
hit a sacrifice fly in the second inning and Gutierrez connected for his 17th homer in the third to give the Mariners a 3-0
Coming off a complete-game victory against the
New York Yankees
, Hernandez cruised through the first five innings, allowing just two hits, but he got into trouble when his defense let him
down in the sixth.
Leading off the inning,
reached second on third baseman Beltre's error.
singled and Wells ripped the next pitch, a hanging slider, over the wall in left for a three-run homer, his 15th.
Seattle designated hitter
left with a bruised big toe after taking a pitch off his right foot in the second. Sweeney stayed in initially and ran the
bases, eventually scoring on Tuiasosopo's fly ball to center.
''I could hit, I just couldn't run,'' Sweeney said.
Ken Griffey Jr. hit for Sweeney when his turn came up again in the third. Griffey walked in the ninth, the 1,300th walk of
NOTES: Seattle 1B
(back) took batting practice for the first time since going on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 29. Branyan, who hit off a
tee Wednesday, did not take grounders. ... The
turned four double plays. ... Toronto RHP
(shoulder) is throwing as far as 115 feet on flat ground and is expected to throw off the mound next week. ''He's letting
it fly,'' general manager J.P. Ricciardi said. ...
minor league catchers J.P. Arencibia and Brian Jeroloman are injured and will not play in the Arizona Fall League. Arencibia
recently underwent kidney surgery and Jeroloman needs hip surgery.