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Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez hasn't been at his best lately.

A start against the San Diego Padres could change that.

Hernandez will try to win a fifth straight start at San Diego and help the Mariners end their seven-game road losing streak in the series finale Thursday.

Hernandez (5-4, 2.51 ERA) has posted an 8.44 ERA while losing his last two outings after going 4-0 with a 0.82 ERA in his previous six starts. He's failed to pitch at least six innings in consecutive starts for the first time since May 1 and 7, 2010 after lasting 5 2-3 in a 5-2 loss to Texas on Saturday.

"The last couple of games he hasn't been his typical self, that's for sure,'' manager Eric Wedge said after the right-hander allowed five runs and a season-high 11 hits.

Hernandez, though, has posted a 1.10 ERA during his winning streak at San Diego. He threw seven innings of one-run ball in a 5-1 victory June 23 in his most recent appearance there.

He'll now try to help the Mariners (22-31) snap their road skid - their longest since an eight-game slide April 12-May 12, 2012 - following a 3-2, 10-inning defeat Wednesday. Seattle was three outs from ending that losing streak after Jason Bay's ninth-inning solo homer, but closer Tom Wilhelmsen yielded the tying run in the ninth and Will Venable knocked in a run in the 10th.

The Padres (24-28), seeking a third consecutive victory, have won eight of 11 against the Mariners. They'll try to make it three of four in this split-venue series with Andrew Cashner (4-2, 3.38) on the mound.

Since joining the rotation April 20, the right-hander has gone 4-2 with a 3.27 ERA in seven games. The Padres have won five of those, including the last four after Cashner surrendered four runs in six-plus innings of a 10-4 victory at Arizona on Saturday.

San Diego has scored 23 runs in his last two outings, during which Cashner has gone 2 for 5 with an RBI.

He'll make his second appearance against the Mariners. He earned his first career save in the last one, a 3-2, 13-inning victory at Seattle on June 24, 2010, while with the Chicago Cubs.

The Mariners team he'll face has totaled three runs and eight hits in two games since a 9-0 series-opening victory Monday. Seattle struck out 13 times Wednesday.

"We have got to get the offense going,'' Wedge said. "That's what sticks with you during runs like this. We're not scoring enough runs and we're inconsistent. The guys have to step up.''

Seattle will be without left fielder Michael Morse for a second straight game, but first baseman Justin Smoak could be back in the lineup after returning from a four-game absence Wednesday, flying out in a pinch-hitting appearance.

Tagged: Mariners, Padres, Felix Hernandez, Will Venable, Andrew Cashner

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