- Associated Press - Saturday, April 5, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Dan Straily last appeared in a game over two weeks ago. His final spring training start was rained out.

He pitched well enough to win most games, but not well enough when the other team starts Felix Hernandez, the former Cy Young Award winner who has dominated Oakland over the years.

Hernandez took a shutout into the ninth inning and settled for a six-hitter over 8 1/3 innings as the Seattle Mariners beat the Athletics 3-1 on Saturday.

Straily (0-1) recorded a quality start, giving up three runs on six hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out seven.

Straily was done in by two pitches, which resulted in Mariners‘ home runs to Dustin Ackley and Abraham Almonte. He gave up all three runs, and four hits, in the fifth.

“It was disappointing,” Straily said. “A two-seamer comes back over the plate and I yanked one. I did a good job of executing the game plan minus those two pitches.”

Jed Lowrie singled with two outs in the fourth for the A’s first hit and then hit a home run leading off the ninth to end Hernandez’s bid for a shutout. Brandon Moss also collected two hits against the Mariners‘ ace.

“It seemed like he was trying to get a curveball over for strike one,” Lowrie said of his home run. “I was able to see it well and put a good swing on it.”

Lowrie also struck out and popped up against Hernandez.

“He had great stuff,” Lowrie said. “If you fall behind a guy like that, he’s going to make it tough on you. That’s the best I’ve seen him. He was keeping the ball down and moving it to both sides of the plate. He was just really good.”

A’s manager Bob Melvin liked the way Straily attacked the Mariners‘ hitters.

“I thought he was good,” Melvin said. “Early on he was throwing a lot of fastballs by them. All of a sudden they start to get good swings against. Trying to go in on Ackley he didn’t get it far enough in and then Almonte hit a ball really good. Other than those couple of swings, I thought he pitched well.”

Hernandez (2-0) retired the first 11 batters on the way to his 16th career win over the Athletics, his most against any team.

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 pitch even deeper into the right field bleachers

“After seeing him a couple of times you get used to what he’s got and can throw out better at bats,” Ackley said. “There was a runner on third, maybe he’s thinking about him, and gives me a pitch to hit.”

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