Felix Hernandez lifted after giving up eight runs in one-third of an inning

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Mariners ace Felix Hernandez didn’t last very long in Friday night’s start against the Astros. The right-hander gave up eight runs on five hits and two walks with one strikeout before he was taken out of the game with only one out in the first inning. Joe Beimel relieved him and was able to finish the inning without any further damage.

Hernandez had only once before allowed eight runs in a start. That occurred on August 28, 2013 against the Rangers. He started but could not finish — could not even record an out in — the fourth inning. King Felix had failed to complete the first inning in a start once, on April 18, 2007 against the Twins, but that was due to an injury: a flexor pronator strain in his right elbow.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).