Lloyd McClendon loses his cool and his hat arguing balls and strikes Tuesday, getting ejected in the process by first base umpire Will Little, right. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)
Larry Stone

Why did the Mariners’ season go terribly wrong?

At nine games under .500 with just 35 games to play and eight teams to pass, they’re done, in every way except mathematically. And in retrospect, it’s getting harder to remember why so many people – guilty as charged – were so high on this team.

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Nelson Cruz, Felix Hernandez share spotlight with Ketel Marte as Mariners top A’s

Ketel Marte had two hits, including a double, and scored twice, and Cruz finished 3 for 5 with a three RBI and his 39th home run of the season to help Hernandez earn his 15th win and lead the Mariners to a comfortable 8-2 victory Wednesday at Safeco Field.