ARLINGTON, Texas — Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez is never treated like a king by the Texas Rangers.
AL West-leading Texas roughed up the big right-hander again, who no longer is the American League ERA leader.
Hernandez gave up five runs in the second inning while squandering an early lead, and the Rangers went on to a 15-3 victory Saturday night in their highest-scoring game this season.
"They did everything. They would take a lot of pitches. They had a good approach," Hernandez said. "They battle a lot and they have a good approach against me."
Hernandez (12-6) had a season-high five walks and yielded five hits in five innings. He threw eight shutout innings last Sunday against Milwaukee, and hadn't allowed more than three earned runs in his previous nine starts. But on this night, his ERA jumped from 2.28 to 2.47 – higher than the 2.41 by Hiroki Kuroda of the New York Yankees.
King Felix hadn't allowed more than three earned runs in his previous nine starts since June 20. He is 0-3 with a 5.55 ERA in four starts against Texas this season.
"My pitches were flat, up and I was not getting ahead of them. It just started in the second inning. I tried to settle down. I was wild. It was just mechanics," Hernandez said.
Kyle Seager homered and had an RBI single for the Mariners, extending his hitting streak at Rangers Ballpark to 13 games in a row since May 2012.
Rookie left-hander Martin Perez (6-3) pitched into the eighth to win his third consecutive start in August, even after giving up single runs in each of the first three innings.
The Rangers, who have won 15 of 18 games, had an eight-run eighth.
Perez had allowed exactly four hits in each of his previous three starts, including his first career complete game six days earlier.
The Mariners had four hits in the first two innings, when they built a 2-0 lead – usually plenty for Hernandez. He was 103-25 with a 2.80 ERA in his previous 170 starts when Seattle scored at least two runs for him.
"He got behind in the count, and when he got it over the plate it was a flat slider," acting Mariners manager Robby Thompson said. "The first inning was good. Then he got that one inning with (36) pitches. He didn't have his A game. He was rushing a little bit, and his command wasn't what it normally is. You have to tip your hat to them. They took advantage."
Adrian Beltre led off the Rangers second with an eight-pitch plate appearance. Beltre shouted out to Hernandez, his former teammate and good friend, while running to first base on his sharp single to center.
Texas loaded the bases with another hit and a walk before Jurickson Profar blooped an RBI single and David Murphy hit a two-run double to deep center before Profar scored on a suicide squeeze.
Profar had a nifty slide to score on the bunt by Leonys Martin that dribbled only a few feet in front of the plate. Seattle catcher Henry Blanco pounced on the ball and reached back trying to tag Profar, who made an elusive move to slide around and slap the back tip of the plate.
"It was pretty close, but I never tagged him," Blanco said. "You've got to expect anything. It was a good situation for them. Against a good pitcher like Felix, you're trying to get as many runs as you can."
Brad Miller led off the game with a double and scored on a single by Seager, who was picked off second base by Perez. Dustin Ackley had a single and stolen base in the second before scoring on Brendan Ryan's single.
Seager's 19th homer, a 409-foot shot into the second deck in right field, came in the third.
Perez won his third straight start in August.
"He's definitely got good stuff," Seager said. "He had a good changeup and he kept us off balance."
NOTES: The Mariners have lost 13 of 20. ... Beltre is 6 for 12 this season against Hernandez. The Rangers third baseman, who played five seasons in Seattle, was 3 for 15 previously. Beltre almost had another hit, but Miller made a nice backhanded play at second for the inning-ending out in the second with runners at second and third. ... Murphy's 16 career RBIs against Hernandez are the most for any player.