OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Felix Hernandez took a shutout into the ninth inning, Dustin Ackley and Abraham Almonte hit home runs and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 Saturday.
Hernandez retired the first 11 batters on the way to his 16th career win over the Athletics, his most against any team. Hernandez walked one and struck out eight while allowing a run on six hits over 8 1/3 innings.
Fernando Rodney got the final two outs to record his first save with the Mariners. Robinson Cano had two hits.
Dan Straily allowed three runs on six hits over his six innings. He walked one and struck out seven.
Straily carried a shutout into the fifth inning before Ackley's towering two-run shot gave the Mariners a 2-0 lead. With two outs, Almonte drove Straily's 1-0 pitch even deeper into the right field bleachers.
The Mariners pitching staff extended their club record season-opening streak to allowing three or fewer runs to five.
Hernandez, who turns 28 on Tuesday, ranks fourth on the all-time list with 1,722 strikeouts before the age of 28 behind Sam McDowell, Bert Blyleven and Walter Johnson.