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Seattle Mariners starter Felix Hernandez pitches in the first inning against the San Diego Padres in a baseball game Sunday June 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) Seattle Mariners starter Felix Hernandez pitches in the first inning against the San Diego Padres in a baseball game Sunday June 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Felix Hernandez came within one out of a complete game, Jose Lopez doubled in the go-ahead run and the Seattle Mariners snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

Hernandez (4-5) held the Padres in check other than a two-run, inside-the-park homer by Tony Gwynn in the third inning. Hernandez gave up four hits, tied his season high with nine strikeouts and walked one.

The right-hander was within one out of his second complete game this season when he was replaced by David Aardsma. Adrian Gonzalez reached on a one-out bloop single in the ninth before Scott Hairston forced him at second for the second out.

Aardsma then replaced Hernandez and retired Nick Hundley for his 13th save in 17 chances.

Milton Bradley hit a two-run homer for Seattle off starter Clayton Richard.

Lopez broke a 2-all tie in the eighth when he doubled into the left-field corner off Luke Gregerson (1-2). The hit scored Chone Figgins, who led off with a single.

Gregerson had his string of 13 2-3 scoreless innings snapped.

Ichiro Suzuki added an RBI double in the ninth off Joe Thatcher. Rob Johnson, who led off the inning with a single, finished with three hits.

Gwynn put the Padres ahead with his inside-the-park shot. Following Jerry Hairston Jr.'s leadoff double, Gwynn hit a sinking line drive to center field that Franklin Gutierrez failed to field as he tried for a diving catch.

The ball got past Gutierrez, who initially hesitated coming in, and rolled all the way to the wall before left fielder Milton Bradley retrieved it. By that time, the speedy Gwynn was rounding third, and he scored standing up without a throw.

It was Gwynn's second homer of the season and his first inside-the-park shot.

The only other hit off Hernandez was a single by Scott Hairston leading off the seventh.

Hernandez appeared to pick off Scott Hairston at first base before plate umpire Angel Hernandez called him for a balk, sending the runner to second. He advanced to third on a groundout, but Hernandez got out of the inning by striking out Will Venable and getting Jerry Hairston on a grounder.

Bradley got the Mariners even in the fourth. His two-out drive just cleared the scoreboard in right field for his fifth homer and second of the series.

Richard allowed five hits over seven innings. The left-hander walked four and struck out two.

Seattle, which had lost eight of nine, won just its second game out of seven on a road trip during which it had been outscored 44-14 coming into the game.

NOTES: Suzuki's ninth-inning double extended his interleague hitting streak to 17 games, the top active streak in the majors. Suzuki is batting .429 (33 for 77) during the streak. ... Gwynn's father, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, had two inside-the-park homers in his 20-year career. ... Padres manager Bud Black was back after missing Saturday's game to attend his daughter's graduation from Oregon State.

 

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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