Hernandez Gets 2,000th Strikeout, Win Against A’s
SEATTLE (AP) — Felix Hernandez became the fourth-youngest player to reach 2,000 career strikeouts while giving up two runs over seven innings to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 4-3 win against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.
Hernandez, at 29 years, 32 days old, is behind only Bert Blyleven, Sam McDowell and Walter Johnson, who were all 28 when they reached 2,000 strikeouts.
The right-hander started Sunday's game against the Oakland Athletics with 1,995 strikeouts. In the fifth inning, Hernandez fell behind leadoff batter Sam Fuld 3-1 before striking him out looking at a fastball for No. 2,000.
Hernandez (6-0) added one more strikeout on his final batter, getting Eric Sogard swinging to end the seventh inning.
Marcus Semien hit two solo home runs off Hernandez for the first multi-homer game of his career.
Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth and earned his ninth save 10 chances.