[photogallerylink id=40341 align=right]Felix Hernandez became the third youngest pitcher since 1952 to reach 1,000 strikeouts, pitched 7 1-3 strong innings and led the Seattle Mariners to a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox and a split of their day-night doubleheader on Wednesday.
Hernandez (10-10) struck out nine and allowed four hits and one walk as the Mariners snapped a four-game losing streak while ending the Red Sox winning streak at four.
In the opener, Josh Beckett (4-3) got his first victory in four starts as the Red Sox won 5-3.
Hernandez’s strikeout of David Ortiz in the sixth was the 1,000th of his career at the age of 24 years, 139 days. Only Bert Blyleven (23 years, 121 days) and Dwight Gooden (23 years, 249 days) did it at a younger age.