CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians' dominance over Cy Young Award winners and their mastery over the Seattle Mariners this weekend both continued Sunday as the Indians conquered former Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez in a 6-0 victory.
Cleveland is 7-1 vs. Cy Young Award winners this season. The Indians have beaten R.A. Dickey, David Price, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Bartolo Colon, Justin Verlander and Hernandez.
The only Cy Young winner who has beaten Cleveland this year is Jake Peavy of the White Sox.
The Indians scored five runs in the first two innings against Hernandez, who came into the game leading the American League with a 1.53 earned run average.
That 5-0 lead was plenty for Cleveland starter Justin Masterson, who overpowered Mariners hitters. Masterson pitched seven scoreless innings on three hits, striking out a season-high 11 batters. Masterson gave up a leadoff single to Kyle Seager in the sixth inning, then retired the last six batters he faced, striking out five of them.
Masterson, who has pitched 19 consecutive scoreless innings over his last three starts, improved his record to 7-2 and lowered his ERA to 2.83.
Hernandez came into the game with a record of 4-0 and a 0.82 ERA in his last six starts, but the Indians quickly took a lead they never relinquished.
Michael Bourn led off the bottom of the first with a hit to right field that he turned into a double with his speed. One out later Michael Brantley singled home Bourn. Brantley later scored on an error by Seattle first baseman Justin Smoak.
With two outs and nobody on base in the bottom of the second inning the Indians reached Hernandez for three more runs. Bourn reached on an infield single and Jason Kipnis singled Bourn to third.
Brantley then hit a towering three-run home run over the wall in center field to give the Indians a 5-0 lead. Brantley's career average vs. Hernandez is .400 (8-for-20).
The Indians' other run came in the fourth inning when Mike Aviles doubled and scored on a double by Kipnis.
Hernandez (5-3) was removed from the game after the fifth inning, having thrown 107 pitches while giving up six runs, five earned, on eight hits. He struck out eight and walked two.
Notes: Kipnis had two more hits Sunday as he continued his hot hitting in the Seattle series. In the first three games of the series Kipnis is 6-for-13 with a double, a home run and five RBI. ... Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, who has a .176 career batting average vs. Hernandez, was given a day off Sunday. ... Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, who will start Monday for Seattle, is third in the American League with a 1.84 ERA. ... Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen has retired the first batter he has faced in all 17 of his appearances this year.