- Associated Press - Saturday, July 26, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) - For the past two months, Felix Hernandez has given the Seattle Mariners a great chance to win every time out.

They haven’t always rewarded him, though.

Chris Davis hit a leadoff homer in the 10th inning, Nelson Cruz also went deep and the Baltimore Orioles overcame a record-tying start by Hernandez in a 2-1 victory over Seattle.

King Felix struck out 10 in seven innings and left with the score tied 1-all. It was his 13th consecutive start with at least seven innings and no more than two runs allowed, matching Tom Seaver’s major league mark set for the New York Mets in 1971.

Chief Bender held the previous AL record of 12 in a row established in 1907.

“It doesn’t matter because we lost,” Hernandez said. “It’s all about winning. It happens in baseball.”

Hernandez gave up five hits and walked none. He is 7-1 with a 1.36 ERA, 113 strikeouts and 17 walks during his last 13 starts.

“He’s special. Everyone in Seattle knows that,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “Very few pitchers have that good of a hand who can manipulate the ball and do so many things with it. He almost invents pitches out there.”

Kendrys Morales had a sacrifice fly in his first game back with the Mariners, who have lost four straight and are 2-6 since the All-Star break.

“This is a tough stretch,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “It will pass. We are just not clicking right now and it happens to everyone in baseball. Right now, we are just having a funk. We’ll come out of it.”

Left fielder Steve Pearce threw out a runner at the plate for Baltimore, which remained three games in front of the second-place New York Yankees in the AL East.

Davis struck out twice and grounded out against Hernandez. But the slugger faced Charlie Furbush (1-5) in the 10th and hit a 1-2 slider deep into the right-field seats for his 17th home run.

“It was a pitch I wanted to throw,” Furbush said. “I just left it up.”

Cruz connected off Hernandez in the second for his 29th of the season, keeping him one behind Chicago White Sox rookie Jose Abreu for the big league lead.

Abreu hit No. 30 on Friday night in a victory over Minnesota.

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