SEATTLE — A silent attack and a stunning throwing error ruined a terrific outing Friday night by Felix Hernandez as the Mariners skid hit four in a 1-0 loss to the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field.
The only run scored when second baseman Robinson Cano committed a throwing error on what should have been an inning-ending double play in the ninth inning.
That was enough to send the Mariners to their fourth straight loss and pin this loss on Hernandez, who carried a three-hit shutout into the ninth inning.
It was a lot like Hernandezs last start, although that one had a happy ended.
Hernandez (8-2) struck out a career-best 15 last Sunday while pitching seven scoreless innings at Tampa Bay but settled for a no-decision because the Mariners didnt score until two outs in ninth in a 5-0 victory.
Elvis Andrus started the winning rally by grounding a one-out single up the middle in the ninth and stole second. He also stole third, when ignored Hernandez, who missed with a full-count pitch to Shin-Soo Choo.
That put runners on first and third with one out when the Mariners went to their closer, Fernando Rodney, to face Adrian Beltre.
Rodney got the ground ball he wanted, to shortstop Brad Miller, but Cano threw wildly to first, and the ball got away from Logan Morrison. A good throw ends the inning.
Rangers reliever Shawn Tolleson (2-1) got the victory after pitching the eighth inning. Joakim Soria collected his 14th save by setting down the Mariners in order in the ninth.
Cano made the final out out a weak grounder back to the mound.