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King Felix, Mariners Shutout Twins, 2-0

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King Felix dominated in a five-hit shutout to lead the Mariners past Minnesota. (Photo: Mariners) King Felix dominated in a five-hit shutout to lead the Mariners past Minnesota. (Photo: Mariners)

SEATTLE (AP) -- Felix Hernandez tossed a five-hitter for his first complete game victory since August 2012, and Nelson Cruz gave him all the offense he needed with his major league leading ninth home run as the Seattle Mariners beat the Minnesota Twins 2-0 on Friday night.

Cruz's homer led off the second inning and traveled 452 feet on a line five rows deep into the second deck above the bullpens in left field off Minnesota starter Phil Hughes (0-4). Cruz now has more homers than both the Twins and Milwaukee Brewers this season.

That was all the support Hernandez (3-0) needed on a night he was dominant. He retired the first 14 batters before Trevor Plouffe's single with two outs in the fifth. He struck out nine, threw 102 pitches and got out of jams in the sixth and seventh innings.

It was Hernandez's first complete game win since beating Minnesota on Aug. 27, 2012, when he also allowed five hits. Hernandez is now 3-0 for the second straight season and the third time in his career.

Logan Morrison added his first home run of the season - his first extra-base hit and first RBI of the season as well - with a solo shot to right-center field leading off the fifth.

Hughes went eight innings, allowing six hits and striking out nine.

Hernandez needed just 38 pitches to cruise through the first 12 batters, half striking out. He struck out Brian Dozier to start the fifth and got Kennys Vargas to ground out before Plouffe lined a 1-1 pitch into right field for the Twins' first hit.

An inning later, Hernandez found himself in a major jam. Kurt Suzuki reached on an infield single deep in the hole at short and advanced to second when Brad Miller's throw went out of play. Jordan Schafer - robbed of a hit in the third on a great defensive play by Robinson Cano and Morrison - reached on an infield single, putting runners at the corners with no outs.

Danny Santana hit a fly ball to center field but wasn't deep enough for Suzuki to tag and score. Torii Hunter struck out and Joe Mauer grounded out to first to end the threat.

Minnesota put runners at the corners with two outs in the seventh, but Hernandez got a fly out from Suzuki to end the inning.

Hernandez was at 91 pitches after the eighth and came back for the ninth to a standing ovation. He got Mauer to ground out, Dozier to fly out and Vargas on a comebacker to close out the victory.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: RHP Ricky Nolasco's scheduled rehab start at Single-A Cedar Rapids was pushed back from Saturday to Sunday. He's missed 12 games with right elbow inflammation.

Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma was placed on the 15-day DL with a right lat strain before Friday's game. Iwakuma had been feeling fatigue since his previous start on Monday against Houston and didn't feel any better after a bullpen session on Friday.

UP NEXT

Twins: Trevor May (1-1) will make his third start after picking up his first win of the season last time out. It'll be a special start for the Kelso, Washington native, his first at Safeco Field as a professional. He pitched at Safeco in a high school playoff game.

Mariners: LHP James Paxton starts for Seattle looking to rebound after lasting just 2 2-3 innings and giving up seven earned runs in his last start.

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