He'll be opposed by Jon Lester , who will attempt to end the Boston Red Sox's recent road woes by adding to his dominance over the Mariners on Monday night.
Seattle (39-49) went 4-2 in visits to Texas and Cincinnati, completing the trek with a 3-1 victory over the Reds on Sunday. The Mariners never trailed after Nick Franklin 's second home run in three-game series in the first inning.
"It's a real good trip for us," manager Eric Wedge told the team's official website. "I think we would have liked to have won one more, but you don't get greedy this time of year. You work hard to win series. Our guys fought hard and played pretty good baseball."
Seattle hasn't performed as well lately at home, dropping six of nine, but having its ace on the mound could help. Hernandez (8-4, 2.69 ERA) has won his last three decisions, though he hasn't received one in his past three outings.
He's given up two runs in seven innings each of his last two starts while totaling 18 strikeouts, but received two runs of support in both contests. He's coming off a 4-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday.
Hernandez was superb in his most recent matchup with the Red Sox on June 28, 2012, tossing a five-hitter and matching a career high with 13 strikeouts in a 1-0 home victory.
Headed to his fourth All-Star game, the right-hander will try to outpitch Lester (8-4, 4.41), who's been dominant in his last three starts against the Mariners.
The left-hander has won all three of those games with a 1.96 ERA, the most recent Sept. 4 when he have up three runs in six innings of a 4-3 victory at Seattle.
Lester is coming off a strong outing that snapped an eight-start stretch of shaky performances. He allowed one run in seven innings of a 2-1 win over San Diego, though he didn't get the decision.
Lester had posted a 6.99 ERA in his previous eight games, though he's 2-0 in his past three outings.
He'll try to help the Red Sox to a rare win on the road, as they've dropped eight of 11 there.
Boston (54-36) earned its ninth victory in 10 games Friday against the Los Angeles Angels but dropped the final two contests of the set, including a 3-0 loss Sunday. The Red Sox blew a four-run lead in the ninth inning Saturday and lost in 11.
"I still like this team. Tonight, we didn't create a whole lot for ourselves, but this is a team that continues to battle," manager John Farrell told the team's website after the series finale. "There's a lot of good at-bats. We're going to put a lot of people on base. Tonight just wasn't one of them."
AL East-leading Boston will be trying to avoid its first three-game skid since May 11-14.
Seattle's Raul Ibanez , batting .360 during a 12-game hit streak, has two singles and five strikeouts in his past nine at-bats against Lester. Kyle Seager , hitting .500 in his last seven games, is 1 for 7 all-time versus Lester and is a career .205 hitter against the Red Sox.
|Boston Red Sox|
|July 07, 2013||Andrew Miller||15-Day DL||Left foot injury|
|June 29, 2013||Stephen Drew||15-Day DL||Right hamstring tightness|
|June 28, 2013||Stephen Drew||Day-to-Day||Left game - right hamstring tightness|
|June 23, 2013||Shane Victorino||Day-to-Day||Left game - back|
|June 23, 2013||Franklin Morales||15-Day DL||Strained left pectoral|
|June 22, 2013||Franklin Morales||Day-to-Day||Back|
|June 29, 2013||Dustin Ackley||Day-to-Day||Left game - thumb|
|June 24, 2013||Franklin Gutierrez||Day-to-Day||Hamstring|
|June 24, 2013||Franklin Gutierrez||15-Day DL||Right hamstring strain|
|June 21, 2013||Michael Morse||15-Day DL||Strained right quad|
|June 18, 2013||Michael Morse||Day-to-Day||Sore right quad|
|June 08, 2013||Kendrys Morales||Day-to-Day||Back stiffness|
SEATTLE (AP) -- Raul Ibanez doesn't know when his final game will be and he's playing like it won't be anytime soon.
Seattle's 41-year-old outfielder hit his 22nd home run to help Felix Hernandez win his ninth game in the Mariners' 11-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.
Ibanez's home run - on a 0-2 pitch from Red Sox starter Jon Lester (8-5) - broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth. It was his seventh go-ahead home run this season and extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
"At some point last year (with the Yankees), I started acting like it was my last game," said Ibanez, who turned 41 on June 2. "I asked myself the questions, `How would I act, what would I think about, how would I prepare?' I wanted to enjoy it as much as I could.
"I'm 41. You can't play this game forever. I used that approach. Hopefully, I can share that approach with the younger guys, telling them, `Hey, time goes by really fast. Enjoy this.' `'
Ibanez needs eight more home runs to pass Ted Williams for the most home runs by a 41-year-old. Williams hit 29 at age 41 in 1960, his final season with the Red Sox.
"He's found - almost - the fountain of youth," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "He's at 22 home runs tonight. Obviously, it speaks to a lot of hard work."
Hernandez (9-4) held the Red Sox to two runs and six hits over seven innings. He walked two, struck out six and maintained his 2.69 ERA, second lowest in the American League behind teammate Hisashi Iwakuma 's 2.60.
"The offense came today," Hernandez said. "Raul do the same thing he's been doing for like two months, and we win the game."
Hernandez allowed two or fewer runs for the 13th time in 19 starts.
"He wasn't as tough as I've seen him in the past when he was throwing 96-97, but he still is a great pitcher," Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said. "He goes out there and throws all his pitches for strikes and still gets of lot of swings and misses."
Justin Smoak had three hits, including two doubles, and two RBIs for Seattle. Michael Saunders had two doubles and three RBIs.
Seattle pounded out 15 hits in winning for the fifth time in seven games. Boston has lost three straight, matching its season high.
Entering the game, the Mariners had just two hits in its previous 32 at-bats with runners in scoring position, and were on an 0-for-19 run. After three innings, the run had grown to 0 for 25.
Kendrys Morales opened the fourth with a hard single to left. Kyle Seager followed with a single that just ticked off second baseman Dustin Pedroia 's glove. The ball trickled into right field, allowing Morales to reach third.
With one out, Smoak finally broke the stretch of futility with double just inside the third-base bag. Morales scored and Seager advanced to third.
Mike Zunino walked to load the bases and Saunders walked to drive in Seager.
Smoak said failing to hit in the clutch is harder "because you want it so bad."
"You put a lot of pressure on yourself instead of going up there relaxed looking for a good pitch to hit and putting a good swing on it," Smoak said. "I've been watching Raul do it all the time, and (Kendrys) Morales and Seag."
Boston responded in the top of the fifth with a pair of runs. Daniel Nava had a RBI single and Brock Holt raced home from third on a wild pitch to make it 2-2.
Ibanez's leadoff home run in the fifth gave the Mariners the lead for good. He has hit eight home runs in his last 13 games and the Mariners have hit at least one home run in 16 straight games.
"I felt I executed that pitch fairly well, enough to not have that result," Lester said of his cutter to Ibanez. "Obviously, he was sitting on it. It's frustrating because it is 0-2, but it was the pitch I wanted to go to."
Ibanez has 203 doubles and 149 home runs as a Mariner. He is one home run from joining Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez , Jay Buhner and Alvin Davis as the only Mariners with at least 200 doubles and 150 home runs.
Smoak, Ibanez, Brad Miller and Nick Franklin added RBI hits. Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia each had RBI doubles in the eighth.
NOTES: With RHP Jeremy Bonderman designated for assignment Monday, the Mariners need a starter Thursday. "We'll be pulling someone up for that," Manager Eric Wedge said. It could be RHP Erasmo Ramirez , coming back from a triceps strain, or RHP Brandon Maurer , who began the year with the big club. . Wedge said Tom Wilhelmsen has worked his way back into the closer role after a three-week absence for inconsistency. . The Red Sox were without Jacoby Ellsbury (left wrist) and Shane Victorino (left hamstring), so manager John Farrell said he had to go with a "makeshift" lineup. Ellsbury is working on a season-high 17-game hit streak and has a major league-high 36 steals. . LHP Andrew Miller is expected to have surgery for a damaged left foot ligament and likely will be out for the season.