- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - For the second straight year, Mike Trout homered off Felix Hernandez on opening day and the rest of the Los Angeles Angels’ lineup did nothing else against Seattle’s ace to begin the season.

“He dominated a lot of guys last year. He is a good pitcher,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “There is no doubt he’s made adjustments as his career has moved along as most pitchers will. We’ve gotten good looks at him before but he’s been tough the last couple of outings.”

Hernandez struck out 10 and allowed only two hits over seven innings, Seth Smith had three extra-base hits and two RBIs in his Seattle debut and the Mariners beat the Angels 4-1 on Monday.

Hernandez (1-0) improved to 6-0 in opening day starts, only two of them at home. Taking the mound before a sellout crowd waving yellow “K” towels in his honor, he lifted Seattle to its ninth straight win on opening day.

Trout hit a solo homer in the first inning and Erick Aybar singled leading off the fifth. That was all the Angels could do against Hernandez.

“He had his good stuff today. All his pitches were working,” Trout said. “Every time we face him it’s a battle.”

Smith became the first player in Mariners history with three extra-base hits on opening day, all coming off Jered Weaver (0-1). The right-hander was knocked around in the third and fifth innings when Seattle scored all four runs.

Trout homer was his third off Hernandez and the 99th of his career. Seattle center fielder Austin Jackson had a chance to rob Trout of the homer but appeared to mistime his jump at the wall.

It was the only mistake Hernandez made. He retired nine straight after the home run and allowed only four total base runners.

Trout had a chance to come up big in the eighth, but struck out swinging against Carson Smith with two on to end the inning. Fernando Rodney pitched an uneventful ninth for his first save.

“It was the first game. Get all the jitters out and go from there,” Trout said.

The Angles had a chance in the fifth after Hernandez gave up a leadoff single to Aybar - the first hit since Trout’s homer - and hit C.J. Cron on the arm. But he was out of the jam quickly, striking out Chris Iannetta and getting Johnny Giavotella to hit into a double play.

Hernandez struck out at least 10 batters for the third time on opening day. He struck out 12 in 2007 against Oakland and 11 last year against the Angels.

Hernandez is just the fourth pitcher dating to 1914 with at least three opening day starts of 10 or more strikeouts, joining Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Bob Gibson.

“It’s a great challenge,” Hernandez said. “You’ve got a lot of eyes on you and you’ve got to do good.”

TROUT’S LEAP

Along with homering, Trout also robbed Seattle’s Logan Morrison of a home run to end the eighth inning. Trout made it look simple, leaping above the fence in right-center field to pull back the drive.

“When I took off after it I lost it. When I got to the track I looked back up and it came out of the sun,” Trout said.

WEAVER’S NUMBER

Acquired in an offseason trade with San Diego, Smith got the best of Weaver three times. Smith doubled twice and lined a two-out RBI triple to score Jackson with Seattle’s first run of the season. Dustin Ackley added a solo home run and Robinson Cano had an RBI single.

Weaver pitched six innings for the Angels, but gave up eight hits. Smith was just 2-for-15 all-time against Weaver entering Monday.

“Everything was flat. Pitches were up. You do that to a lineup like that and you will get in trouble,” Weaver said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: RHP Garrett Richards will pitch in extended spring training on Thursday as he continues to recover from a knee injury suffered last August. … RHP Cory Rasmus is still weeks away from beginning a throwing program after surgery to repair a core injury, Scioscia said.

Mariners: LHP James Paxton starts for Seattle on Tuesday. Paxton missed a couple of starts during spring training after falling during an agility drill, but said despite the fewer innings he feels ready for the season.

UP NEXT

Angels: C.J. Wilson will start looking for his 16th win against Seattle since 2006.

Mariners: Paxton gets the call for Seattle in Game 2, rather than Hisashi Iwakuma. Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon split his top two right-handers in the rotation with the hard-throwing young lefty.

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