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Mariners' Felix Hernandez Records 7+ IP & 2 Runs or Less in 14th Straight Outing

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJuly 31, 2014

Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez set a modern MLB record on Wednesday night by recording a 14th consecutive start with seven-plus innings pitched and two or fewer runs allowed, as reported by MLB.com's Greg Johns.

The record was previously held by Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, who recorded 13 such outings in a row for the New York Mets in 1971.

For his record-setting outing, Hernandez pitched seven solid innings against the Cleveland Indians, allowing only four hits and two runs while striking out five.  

Unfortunately for King Felix, his teammates didn't offer much support against Cleveland ace Corey Kluber, who became the first pitcher in the last 100 seasons to face just 28 batters over nine innings in back-to-back outings. The Indians right-hander needed just 85 pitches to best Hernandez in one of the better pitching matchups of the season.

Hernandez's record-setting streak dates back to May 18, when he held the Minnesota Twins to two runs over eight innings. Including Wednesday's result, Hernandez is 7-2 over the 14-game stretch, during which he has lowered his ERA by more than a full point from 3.03 to 2.01.

With Wednesday's loss, Hernandez's record drops to a still-impressive 11-3 for the season. His 11 wins are two shy of MLB leaders Max Scherzer and Adam Wainwright, who both have 13 victories this season.

The loss drops Hernandez into a tie with Scherzer and three others for the fewest losses in all of baseball this season among pitchers who have started at least 20 games. Both Clayton Kershaw and Doug Fister only have two losses, but due to stints on the disabled list neither has reached the 20-start mark.

 

All stats courtesy of MLB.com unless specifically noted otherwise.

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