SEATTLE — 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 and Hernandez singled in his first at-bat. The Mariners, wearing their road grays, started the game at the plate.
Hernandez (8-6) walked two and struck out 10.