Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Felix Hernandez, who signed a big contract in the offseason, tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics, 2-0, in the season opener for both teams on Monday.
Hernandez (1-0), who inked a seven-year, $175 million deal, gave up three hits while striking out eight for the Mariners, who went 75-87 last season. The right-hander went 13-9 with a 3.06 ERA over 33 appearances in 2012.
Franklin Gutierrez hit a two-run single in the fifth inning for Seattle, which increased its Opening Day winning streak to seven.
Brett Anderson (0-1) allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings for the Athletics, who captured their first AL West title since 2006 last year. The left-hander fanned six and walked four.
Oakland, which lost to the Tigers in the ALDS last season, has dropped nine straight season openers, which is the longest Opening Day losing streak in American League history.