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Mariners' Hernandez keeps rolling against A's to win 3-1

Saturday was a mixed bag for the As. On the one hand, the sun was out and the infield was dry enough for baseball. On the other hand, the improved weather meant that Oakland had to face Felix Hernandez.
Hernandez extended his unbeaten streak at the Coliseum to 10, second most all-time by a visiting starter, in the Mariners 3-1 victory. Baltimores Mike Flanagan went 13 starts in a row without a loss at the Coliseum from 1977-84.
During those 10 starts, Hernandez is 5-0 with a 2.76 ERA; lifetime vs. the As, the Mariners star is 16-7 with a 2.59 ERA. The victory total is his most against any club; second most is his 12 against Texas.
Hernandez held Oakland scoreless Saturday until Jed Lowrie belted a homer to right center to start the ninth. Brandon Moss followed with a base hit and went to second on a wild pitch, then Yoenis Cespedes crushed a ball down the left-field line ... foul.
With one out, Fernando Rodney took over and struck out John Jaso and Josh Reddick.
As starter Dan Straily had had his previously scheduled outing, against the Giants, rained out one week earlier. His previous spring start before that came in a minor-league game. So Saturdays start was his first against big leaguers since March 19.
Straily came out blazing, looking as good as he ever has, striking out seven in the first four innings.
Then came the fifth, when the Mariners jumped all over the right-hander for four extra-base hits, including a two-run homer to right by Dustin Ackley and a solo shot by Abraham Almonte two batters later that landed about 15 rows higher in right. It was the first time this season an Oakland starter had allowed more than two runs.
The As had whiffed on their first decent scoring chance against Hernandez just before Strailys wobble; Lowrie singled in the fourth inning, Oaklands first hit, and Brandon Moss followed with a flyball to shallow left center that dropped in between shortstop Brad Miller, left fielder Ackley and center fielder Almonte for a double. Though there were two outs when Moss flyball fell in, Lowrie was unable to score on the play, and Cespedes then struck out to end the inning, stranding them in scoring position.
With one out in the sixth, Coco Crisp sped his way to a triple, but he, too, was left there when Josh Donaldson struck out and Lowrie popped up.
Embattled closer Jim Johnson worked the eighth and allowed a hit while striking out two.
Before the game, both teams were able to hit on the field, something the As have done little of the past week given the rainy weather.
Manager Bob Melvin said that groundskeeper Clay Wood and his crew worked overnight to ready the infield, which was too sodden to play on Friday night after being left untarped during rain Thursday night.
Absolutely miraculous, Melvin said of the condition of the field on Saturday compared to Friday.
As president Michael Crowley called the decision to leave the tarp off Thursday a mistake, but said the team will continue to rely on the reports of a weather consultant; Crowley declined to name the As consultant.
The As are still deciding whether to play the makeup game as part of a traditional doubleheader or as part of a split day-night doubleheader in early May.
Susan Slusser is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: sslusser@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @susanslusser

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Time: 0:49  |  News Code: 395617  |  Site: San Francisco Chronicle
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