Hernandez overcomes shaky start, Mariners top Pirates 7-4

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano walks to the dugout after being pulled by manager Clint Hurdle during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, July 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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PITTSBURGH (AP) Felix Hernandez settled down after a shaky start and picked up his first victory in more than two months when the Seattle Mariners topped the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-4 on Tuesday night.

Hernandez (5-4) gave up four runs – all in the first two innings – and struck out three in six innings in his first win since May 21. Steve Cishek worked a perfect ninth for his 24th save.

Kyle Seager's three hits for Seattle included his 20th home run, and Franklin Gutierrez added his 10th off Francisco Liriano (6-10).

Liriano hit his second career home run, a 416-foot shot to center off Hernandez in the second inning, but saw his mild resurgence this month take a significant step back. Liriano surrendered seven runs in just 3 1/3 innings as his ERA jumped to 5.38.