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Hernandez's streak ends as Seattle Mariners lose 4-2 to Price, Detroit Tigers

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DETROIT - Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon saw Felix Hernandez get hit by a couple of grounders, and decided enough was enough.

Hernandez was pulled after five innings, and the Mariners went on to a 4-2 loss to David Price and the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night.

Hernandez was hit on his left hip by Ian Kinsler's comebacker on the third out of the fourth inning, and took another glancing blow from a ball hit by Miguel Cabrera in the fifth.

"He's fine, we just took him out as a precaution after he got hit again by Miguel in the fifth," McClendon said.

Hernandez (13-4) allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out three and walked none while throwing 92 pitches.

He also lost his record streak of 16 straight starts of at least seven innings and no more than two runs. Hernandez broke Tom Seaver's major league mark of 13 straight earlier this month.

"I'm fine — I'm going to live," Hernandez said. "I was throwing a lot of pitches tonight, especially at the beginning of the game. I wasn't missing by much.

"The streak's over, but I'll start a new one soon."

Price (12-8) allowed one run and three hits in eight innings in his first home start since he was acquired from Tampa Bay in a three-team deal last month. He struck out seven and walked three.

The Tigers had a three-run lead when the Mariners loaded the bases with one out in the eighth. When Brad Ausmus came out of the dugout, Price was sure his night was done.

"I've never had a manager come out in the middle of the inning and not pull me," he said. "That had never happened."

But Ausmus just wanted to check in with Price, who is 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in three starts with the Tigers.

"This is only David's third game for us, so I'm not used to how he handles himself late in the game," Ausmus said. "I went out there to ask him if he was OK, he gave me a very definitive answer, and I went back to the dugout."

Price then struck out Austin Jackson — one of the players Detroit traded for him — and then got Dustin Ackley to ground into a force at second.

"That was a huge moment for me," Price said. "I wanted to finish that inning off, so I looked Brad straight in the eye and told him I was good to go. I didn't want to be one of those pitchers who looks down and mumbles that he's OK. I wanted to make sure he knew I was ready."

Tigers closer Joe Nathan pitched the ninth, allowing one run while picking up his 25th save. It was his first appearance since making a profane gesture at Comerica Park fans on Wednesday, and he received a mixture of cheers and boos when he was introduced.

Nick Castellanos hit a solo homer in the fourth for Detroit. He also had a two-out RBI single in the Tigers' two-run seventh.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Seattle: 2B Robinson Cano was back in the starting lineup one day after fouling a pitch off his foot. Cano played several more innings after the painful foul ball, only leaving when the Mariners built a comfortable lead, and was fine to play against Price.

Detroit: Cabrera needed the attention of Tigers trainer Kevin Rand after taking a Hernandez fastball just above the left elbow. The impact caused Cabrera's hand to go numb — a day after he had stayed in Friday's series opener after injuring this thumb on the first play of the game — but he stayed in the game after a short delay.

UP NEXT

The three-game series concludes with rookie Robbie Ray (1-2, 5.31 ERA) facing Seattle's Chris Young (11-6, 3.20 ERA). Ray, acquired in the Doug Fister trade last winter, is in his second stint with the Tigers, both to replace Anibal Sanchez in the rotation.

Young has never lost to Detroit in three career starts, going 1-0 with a 2.14 ERA.

McCLENDON'S SHORT NIGHT

McClendon was ejected in the second by plate umpire Tony Randazzo, even though he said someone else had been complaining about balls and strikes. But McClendon acknowledged he wasn't happy with Randazzo's strike zone.

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