Every five days, Felix Hernandez makes Seattle just so much better.
King Felix dominated the Yankees in their own ballpark again, helping the light-hitting, last-place Mariners look like world beaters by pitching a two-hitter for his third shutout of the season in a 1-0 win over New York Saturday.
‘‘That’s probably the best start I've seen as a manager,’’ Seattle’s Eric Wedge said. ‘‘In a 1-0 ballgame, he knows one pitch can be the ballgame. That was just special stuff to watch today.
“What you saw today, you’re not going to see anything better than that.’’
It’s one of the best starts the Bronx has seen from a visiting pitcher in a while. According to Baseball-reference.com, the last pitcher to win a 1-0 complete game at either Yankee Stadium was Cleveland’s Greg Swindell in September 1988.
Hernandez (10-5) outdid Hiroki Kuroda in a duel of pitchers who hadn’t lost since June. Mike Carp hit an RBI single in the second inning for Seattle, which bounced back from having its seven-game winning streak ended the night before. The Yankees have lost 10 of 15.
After Robinson Cano doubled with two outs in the first, Hernandez didn’t allow a runner to second. Only seven balls were even hit out of the infield — all to center — until Derek Jeter flied to right for the second out of the ninth.
‘‘Even on a Felix day, I still figured there'd be some better swings out there, and there were a couple balls hit hard, but that was outstanding,’’ Seattle shortstop Brendan Ryan said.
‘‘That changeup, it defies science.’’
It was the All-Star righthander’s second shutout in five starts at the new Yankee Stadium.
Rangers 4, Royals 2 — Josh Hamilton drove in two runs, Scott Feldman won his sixth straight decision, and Texas won in Kansas City, Mo.
Blue Jays 3, Athletics 1 — David Cooper hit a tying homer in the ninth inning and Edwin Encarnacion scored on catcher George Kottaras’s throwing error in the 11th, lifting visiting Toronto over Oakland.
Angels 6, White Sox 5 — Albert Pujols homered again and Howie Kendrick hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning that lifted Los Angeles in Chicago.
Tigers 6, Indians 1 — Doug Fister retired his first 17 batters, then settled for a four-hitter in host Detroit’s victory over Cleveland.
Orioles 4, Rays 0 — Wei-Yin Chen gave up five hits in seven innings, Chris Davis had two RBIs, and visiting Baltimore beat Tampa Bay.
Reds 5, Pirates 4 — Scott Rolen tripled and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as Cincinnati beat visiting Pittsburgh to win its fifth straight game.
Nationals 10, Marlins 7 — Adam LaRoche homered twice, and Danny Espinosa hit a three-run shot in host Washington’s six-run eighth inning en route to its victory over Miami.
Giants 11, Rockies 6 — Angel Pagan homered and had four hits to back a solid outing by Madison Bumgarner that sent San Francisco past Colorado in Denver.
Dodgers 3, Cubs 1 — Clayton Kershaw pitched three-hit ball over seven innings, Matt Kemp homered, and host Los Angeles kept Chicago’s Chris Volstad winless in his last 21 starts.
Mets 6, Padres 2 — Jeremy Hefner pitched six solid innings and New York took advantage of Edinson Volquez’s wildness for a victory in San Diego.
Phillies 3, Diamondbacks 0 — Roy Halladay gave up three hits over seven innings and Erik Kratz homered and drove in a pair, leading host Philadelphia over Arizona.
Cardinals 6, Brewers 1 — Adam Wainwright pitched a five-hitter and also contributed at the plate, leading host St. Louis over Milwaukee.
Astros 3, Braves 2 — Justin Maxwell had a career-high four hits, including two homers, rookie Lucas Harrell won his first career start at Turner Field, and Houston snapped a four-game losing streak.