The Associated Press
SEATTLE - Adrian Beltre and Ken Griffey Jr. provided the power that's been missing in the middle of the Seattle Mariners' lineup.
Beltre and Griffey homered, leading Felix Hernandez and the Mariners over the San Francisco Giants 5-4 on Sunday.
Beltre hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning off Barry Zito (1-5) to give the Mariners a 5-3 lead. Franklin Gutierrez walked and Ichiro Suzuki singled prior to Beltre's second home run of the year.
"I think it was a low cutter, slider-type," Beltre said. "He hung it over the plate and I was able to make good contact. Safeco is tough, but I hit it good and I thought it had enough to go."
Zito allowed five runs in 61/3 innings. He gave up five hits, five walks and fanned five.
Beltre just wanted to try to score Gutierrez from third.
"He got me in the third to ground into a double play," Beltre said of Zito. "After that, I was trying to get a pitch to get a fly ball in the air so we could score a run and tie the game."
Hernandez (5-3), who had lost three of his last four starts and allowed six runs in each of the defeats, bounced back with a strong performance. He struck out 10 in eight innings and allowed one earned run.
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"I just wanted to go out and throw strikes," Hernandez said. "The last couple of games, I fell behind a couple of times. I just put in my mind to go out there and throw strikes."
Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu criticized Hernandez after his previous outing.
"I thought he stepped up today and did a phenomenal job not just stuff-wise, but more importantly because of the shape of our bullpen, we needed the eight innings," Wakamatsu said.
David Aardsma pitched the ninth for his sixth save in six chances.
The Mariners beat Zito for the first time since 2003. Zito dropped to 12-3 against the Mariners.
Eli Whiteside, Aaron Rowand and Edgar Renteria hit consecutive run-scoring singles with two outs in the fifth to give the Giants a 3-2 lead.
Fred Lewis reached on fielding error by first baseman Russell Branyan and Travis Ishikawa drew a walk to start the rally. Hernandez retired two in a row before the string of singles.
Griffey hit a two-run homer in the first. It was his 616th career home run and fifth of the season.
Griffey's homer ended a Seattle streak of 31 consecutive hits without an extra-base hit over the last five games.