SEATTLE -- Run support hasn't always been plentiful for Felix Hernandez over the course of his Mariners career, but the 13-year veteran got lots of help Wednesday afternoon as Seattle topped the Marlins, 10-5, in the Interleague series finale at Safeco Field.
Hernandez gave up four runs on 12 hits over 6 1/3 innings , but he improved to 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA as Seattle -- which managed just one hit in a 5-0 loss on Tuesday -- racked up a season high in runs while totaling 11 hits and 10 walks.
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Ichiro Suzuki, who played his first 11 1/2 seasons in Seattle, capped what could be his final homecoming to Safeco Field with a leadoff homer in the ninth for the Marlins as he went 2-for-4 in just his third start of the year.
Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton ripped their fourth home runs of the season off Hernandez, and Yelich made a highlight-reel catch of a deep drive by Jarrod Dyson in the first, but the Marlins fell to 8-7 and lost the opening series of their nine-game road trip.
Rookie right fielder Mitch Haniger again led the Mariners with four RBIs as he went 3-for-4 with a double and walk to hike his average to .323, while Kyle Seager was 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and four RBIs. Seattle has won five of its past six games to climb back into the early American League West race at 7-9.
Edinson Volquez, who was 5-0 with a 2.49 ERA in seven prior starts against Seattle, lasted just three innings as he surrendered four runs on five hits and four walks in a 70-pitch outing. Volquez fell to 0-2 with a 4.82 ERA in four starts since signing a two-year deal with the Marlins in free agency.
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Out at home: Hernandez gave up four straight singles in the top of the first and was down, 1-0, with the bases loaded when Justin Bour lofted a fly ball to left fielder Dyson. Martin Prado tagged from third and tried to score, but Dyson fired a strike to catcher Mike Zunino for the double play, and Hernandez wound up getting out of the inning with just two runs despite five singles and a hit batter. First baseman Mike Freeman also threw Stanton out at the plate to end the fifth when Stanton tried sneaking home from second on an infield single by J.T. Realmuto to third baseman Seager.
Two plus two: The Mariners broke things open in the fourth on a two-run double by Haniger off the wall in left-center, followed by a two-run single by Seager that made it 8-3. Both hits came off Miami reliever Dustin McGowan, who gave up four hits, a walk and a hit batter in that frame after replacing Volquez. Haniger has been red hot over a 13-game hit streak while racking up a team-leading 15 RBIs, but Seager has also warmed of late, as he's batting .333 (10-for-30) with three doubles and eight RBIs over his past nine games.
Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB and listen to his podcast.
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Marlins on Wednesday. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB.
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