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Félix Hernández (SEA)
Even with little offensive support from his team (1 hit), he was able to keep the opposing team from scoring, crediting himself with a shutout and win, at the hands of the Kansas City Royals, whose hitters went 0-11 with runners in scoring position. Hernandez has kept his opponents at 1 for 31 in that situation (.032 batting average) this season. A Seth Smith homer (100th of his career) in the sixth inning was the only hit and the winning run for Seattle. King Felix has had eight starts in which his club only scored one run and he was still able to win the game, and this is the most games of this type for a Mariner pitcher.
He became the franchise leader in games won (shared) and was already the leader in starts, innings pitched, ERA, and strikeouts. He registers 91 games in which he hurls 7+ innings and allows one run or less, more than any pitcher in MLB since 2009.
Seattle is the second team to win a game by connecting on only one hit during this campaign.
Extra: Ichiro Suzuki (Miami Marlins) as a starter in the lineup knocked a base hit in his first turn at bat and then took second base, stolen base number 500 of his career (MLB Rank #38). He is the eighth player in Major League history with 2,900+ hits and 500+ steals.