Mariners beat Marlins 5-1 in 'road' win at Safeco

Mariners beat Marlins 5-1 in 'road' win at Safeco
Seattle Mariners' Dustin Ackley, right, is congratulated by Ichiro Suzuki after Ackley scored against the Florida Marlins in the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, June 24, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
SEATTLE (AP) - Felix Hernandez allowed two hits and a run over eight innings and Franklin Gutierrez delivered a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh and the Seattle Mariners went on to a 5-1 `'road" victory over the Florida Marlins on Friday night.

It was considered a home game for the Marlins, who relocated the three-game series to Seattle due to a conflict at Sun Life Stadium because of a U2 concert.

It was the first time since the inception of the designated hitter in 1973 that National League rules were used in an American League ballpark. Each starting pitcher batted for the first time in Safeco Field history. The Mariners, wearing their road grays, started the game at the plate.

Hernandez (8-6) walked two and struck out 10.

Mariners starters have allowed just two earned runs in 29.0 innings over the last four games, a 0.62 ERA. Since June 15 - eight games - the starters have a 0.93 ERA.

Brendan Ryan opened the three-run seventh with a four-pitch walk off Ricky Nolasco (4-4), who had allowed one hit to that point. Adam Kennedy followed with a single that just escaped the infield into shallow center field. Ryan alertly raced around second and reached third without a throw.

Justin Smoak then hit a two-hopper to first baseman Gaby Sanchez who threw home to catch Ryan in a rundown. Ryan dodged the tag long enough to allow the runners to move to second and third. Dustin Ackley was intentionally walked. Miguel Olivo followed with a shot to third baseman Greg Dobbs who knocked it down and got up to tag third but Kennedy scored to tie it at 1-all.

That ended the Mariners' 20-inning scoreless streak. They were coming off a three-game sweep by the Washington Nationals in which they scored one run in the previous two games.

Carlos Peguero loaded the bases again by beating out a single to deep short. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez's effort to keep the ball in the infield saved a run. It didn't matter when Gutierrez, hitting just .196, followed with a two-run single to center.

Olivo added a two-run home run, his 13th, in the ninth.

It was Hernandez who got the first hit off Nolasco, a single in his first at-bat in the third. That marked the first hit by a pitcher in the park's 12-year history.

The only previous time a pitcher batted at Safeco was July 31, 2000. Boston, giving up the DH position, used pitcher Hipolito Pichardo as a batter in the ninth inning. He struck out.

Nolasco went seven innings, allowing three runs and four hits. He walked two and struck out four.

The Marlins scored their run in strange fashion. Ramirez singled to open the fourth, the first hit Hernandez allowed. He advanced to second on Dobbs' groundout and stole third as Mike Stanton struck out.

Hernandez then struck out John Buck on a changeup in the dirt. Olivo couldn't contain it and the ball rolled several feet away, ruled a wild pitch. Buck sprinted to first as Ramirez raced home. Olivo's throw to first was late and Ramirez scored.