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Felix Hernandez has solid outing on mound, but Mariners offense struggled in 3-0 loss


5/15 vs LAA by TOM HAYDEN

SAFECO FIELD, SEATTLE, WA. ----

The Mariners dropped Game 3 of the weekend series with the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, falling to 21-16 overall. With the loss and the Texas win, the Mariners are no longer in first place, now in second place 0.5 games back of the Rangers. Certainly this is not something to worry about however, for the Mariners will look to continue what is a successful season on Tuesday in Baltimore.

RHP Felix Hernandez (3-3, 2.47 ERA) made his eighth start of 2016 on Sunday. Unfortunately, Hernandez suffered his third loss of the season. Despite the loss however, Felix pitched a decent game. Going 7.1 innings, Hernandez struck out 9 Angels, giving up only 3 runs on 7 hits (all earned). RHP Nick Vincent (1.72 ERA) and LHP Mike Montgomery (2.29 ERA) tossed the next 1.2 innings of relief. Relief struck out 3 and gave up only 2 hits, no runs.

Offensively the Mariners struggled to put the ball in play on Sunday, combining for only 2 hits overall. C Chris Iannetta (.237 AVG) and recent call up from AAA Tacoma, CF Shawn O'Malley (.333 AVG) (in place of INF Luis Sardiñas who was sent down to AAA Tacoma), were the only two who connected for base hits. O'Malley, a bunt single, and Iannetta, a single to right field. The M's left 5 on base on Sunday and struck out 7 times. Hopefully the Mariners will continue road success and put the ball in play like normal on Tuesday in Baltimore.

Seattle is now heading to the east coast to start up what will be a 3-game series with the 23-13 AL East leading Baltimore Orioles. The Mariners will look to continue road success as they are 13-6 when playing away from Safeco Field so far this year. LHP Wade Miley (3-2, 4.91 ERA) will make his eighth start of the year at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Tuesday night. Miley and the M's will face BAL RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (2-3, 4.87 ERA). Catch this one on ROOT Sports NW™ or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle™! First pitch start time- 4:05 PM PAC, 7:05 PM ET.

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.

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