From Comcast SportsNetMINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- All King Felix needs is one.Felix Hernandez struck out five in a five-hitter and Eric Thames hit a solo homer in the eighth inning to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.Hernandez (13-5), who picked up his 23rd career complete game and ninth shutout, hasn't lost a decision since June 12. He is 4-0 in 1-0 games this season, becoming just the third pitcher since 1969 to be that successful in 1-0 ballgames."He's the real deal. That's why he's King Felix," Thames said. "That's why he's got the Cy Young, the perfect game, all that stuff. I'm officially a believer. I'm glad he's on my team."Franklin Gutierrez went 1 for 2 with two stolen bases in his first game since being sidelined June 28 because of a concussion.Liam Hendriks (0-7) was almost King-like, but it wasn't quite enough to get him his first career victory. He gave up three hits and struck out six in nine outstanding innings, his only blemish the homer to Thames."It was a good feeling, especially to know that it gave Felix a lead and once he has a lead, he's light's out," Thames said. "It's awesome."Joe Mauer had a single and Justin Morneau had a triple for the Twins, who have lost 14 of their last 17.Hernandez's brilliance came as no surprise. The Venezuelan has long been one of baseball's best pitchers, and he's on a roll these days even by his sterling standards as he chases a second AL Cy Young award. In his last 14 starts, he is 9-0 with a 1.40 ERA, 100 strikeouts, 17 walks and a perfect game. He's allowed one earned run or fewer a staggering 16 times in 27 starts this season."I've been consistent the last two months," Hernandez said. "I've been trying to throw strikes, been trying to get ahead of every hitter and mix all my pitches. That's the key right now, throw strikes."To watch Hendriks, a 23-year-old Aussie who hasn't picked up a win in 14 career starts and has been sent back down to Triple-A twice this season, match King Felix pitch for pitch through seven innings was something entirely unexpected. He needed just 68 pitches to get through six innings against the free-swinging Mariners before Thames got him in the eighth.Gutierrez singled in the first inning, a welcome sight for a Mariners offense that has missed his right-handed bat in the lineup and his glove in center field. But the mental part of his recovery from the concussion he suffered when he was hit on the ear by a pickoff attempt against Boston is ongoing.When Hendriks tried to pick him off two pitches later, Gutierrez gingerly scurried back to first base, protecting his head with his right hand. Later in the sixth, Hendriks buzzed him with a pitch up and in that appeared to hit Gutierrez on the hand, and the outfielder wasn't happy as he stomped off to first base."Every time he was throwing over, I was having flashbacks," Gutierrez said. "I think it's going to take time. Every time I remembered what happened. It's going to take a while to forget about that. Every time I go to first base, you're going to see me try to protect my face and whatever I can. It's going to take time."He took an extra-base hit away from Trevor Plouffe in the third, ranging to the wall in left-center and leaping to grab it as Plouffe just shook his head. Hernandez grinned as he watched his center fielder haul it in, hinting that another magical night could be in the offing.Not exactly perfect, he walked Josh Willingham in the second inning, but he was carving up the Twins and kept a no-hitter going until Mauer singled with two outs in the fourth inning. The Twins had two on in the fifth and Morneau led off the seventh with a triple before Hernandez steeled himself and got Ryan Doumit, Plouffe and Jamey Carroll to ground out and keep Minnesota scoreless."That's why he's one of the best, if not the best, in the league," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.NOTES:Ferguson Jenkins in 1974 and Bert Blyleven in 1976 are the only other pitchers since 1969 to have four wins in 1-0 ballgames in a season. ... It's the second nine-decision win streak of Hernandez's career. The only other Mariners pitcher to have two win streaks of at least nine decisions is Randy Johnson. ... Mauer passed Earl Battey for the most games caught by a Twins player, catching his 832nd on Monday night. "It's a pretty neat little deal," Mauer said. ... LHP Scott Diamond (10-5, 3.04) will start on Tuesday for the Twins against RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (4-3, 3.64). Diamond is appealing a six-game suspension handed down after he was ejected from his last start for throwing behind Texas OF Josh Hamilton. Iwakuma is 3-1 with a 2.27 ERA in his last seven starts.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—Here are five things we learned during the Redskins’ 29-27 win over the Giants.
—This is a scrappy bunch. They fell behind, lost players to injuries, and made enough mistakes to lose a couple of games. But they managed to hang in there and all of a sudden with about 10 minutes left in the third quarter they were in the lead. And instead of finding a way to lose when they took a third-quarter lead like they did last week against the Cowboys they found a way to win.
—Quinton Dunbar needs to play more. Dunbar had not taken a defensive snap in the first two games before injuries forced him into this one. He became the first Redskins player to both catch and intercept a pass in the same game since Champ Bailey did it in 2006. He caught a Tress Way pass for 31 yards on a fake punt that set up a Redskins field goal. Later on he made a spectacular one handed interception at the goal line to keep the Giants from scoring at least a field goal, maybe a touchdown. The converted wide receiver showed his ball skills on both plays.
—And they need to find more snaps for Su’a Cravens as well. He sealed the win with a—I hate to repeat the adjective I used for Dunbar but there is no other way to put it—spectacular, diving interception to seal the game for the Redskins. He makes plays.
—The Redskins have a running game they can use in crunch time. After Josh Brown kicked a field goal with 7:59 to play to put the Giants on top 27-26, Matt Jones carried seven times for 36 yards to let the Redskins put it under the 2:00 warning before Dustin Hopkins booted what proved to be the game-winning field goal.
—Hopkins is a heck of a kicker. If you are going to have issues getting the ball into the end zone you might as well have a reliable kicker. They called on him five times today to get three points on the board and there was never a doubt about any of them. I mean, you’d like to give him an easy game here and there but he’s getting it done.
BALTIMORE – What’s left for the Orioles? After an off day on Monday, they go to Toronto for three games and end the regular season at Yankee Stadium beginning Friday.
They’ll start Tuesday’s series at the Rogers Centre trailing the Blue Jays by 1 ½ games in the wild card race. Toronto leads 9-7 in the season series, and the Orioles must sweep the three games in order to secure home field advantage if the two teams tie for the wild card.
With Detroit losing to Kansas City 12-9 on Sunday, the Orioles have a 1 ½ game lead over Detroit. Seattle remains 2 ½ games back and Houston is three out.
While the Orioles are playing in Toronto, the Tigers play four at Cleveland beginning Monday, and conclude the season with three games at Atlanta.
Toronto concludes its regular season with three games at Boston.
If the Orioles and Tigers finish for the second wild card, they would play one game here on Oct. 3.
The wild card game is Oct. 4, and the American League Division Series begins Oct. 6.