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AL GAME OF THE DAY

Ken Griffey Jr. hits home run No. 622 in victory

Felix Hernandez pitches seven solid innings as the Seattle Mariners defeat the Texas Rangers, 7-2.

August 02, 2009|Associated Press

ARLINGTON, TEXAS — Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 622nd home run and Felix Hernandez pitched seven solid innings to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 7-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

Griffey's three-run shot in the first came off Rangers starter Tommy Hunter, the 400th pitcher he has homered off in his career.

Hernandez (12-4) bounced back from his worst effort of the season to win for the fourth time in five starts. The right-hander gave up two runs and six hits as Seattle won for the third time in nine games.

Texas is four games behind the Angels in the AL West and trails Boston by 2 1/2 games in the wild-card race.

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