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SEA@SD: Felix fans 10 Padres in dominant start

It all sounds so easy, the way Dustin Pedroia explained Wednesday's 10-4 Red Sox victory over the Blue Jays and how Boston should be able to carry over the confidence gained from recent success into its upcoming West Coast road trip.

But wait. Who is that waiting for them when they get to Seattle for Thursday's opener of a four-game series against the Mariners?

It's none other than Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, who is coming off a pair of dominating performances.

Pedroia is feeling good about the way the Red Sox have played in winning nine of their last 11 games, including five come-from-behind wins in the just completed nine-game homestead.

"We played great, played good ball. Now we just got to go to the West Coast and keep it going," said Pedroia. "We're swinging the bats pretty good. [We've] just got to keep it going."

Sounds like a plan, but Hernandez, the 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner, might pose just a bit of a problem.

Hernandez is 5-5 with a 3.36 ERA in 15 starts and is coming off a strong performance Sunday, when he pitched seven innings and gave up one run on six hits with 10 strikeouts in a 5-1 victory over the Padres.

Hernandez had endured a recent rough patch, going 1-4 with a 6.37 ERA over a six-start stretch, but he has now posted back-to-back gems against the Giants and Padres, allowing just two runs over 14 innings.

"I think Felix understands where he's at," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "I know he wants to be better and should be better, and he will be. I think the last two outings have been better. He's not to where he's totally locked in yet, but he's definitely on his way to approaching that."

Pedroia's confidence notwithstanding, the Red Sox know a substantial chore awaits them Thursday.

"He attacks the strike zone, sinks it, cuts it, splits," said first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who had two hits and three RBIs on Wednesday against the Blue Jays. "You've just got to be aggressive against him. He's going to be aggressive against you, so you need to be ready to hit.

"He's one of the best pitchers in the game and you've just got to be ready to hit. If he gives it to you first pitch or eighth pitch of the at-bat, you got to be ready."

Red Sox: Ortiz one away from 400 home runs
• David Ortiz is sitting at 399 home run after connecting for his 21st of the season Wednesday.

• The Red Sox are 28-16 since May 11 and have 11 series wins in their last 14, dating to May 10. They have also won five consecutive series.

Mariners: Offense stymied
• The Mariners got just four hits in a 2-1 loss to the A's Wednesday, two of them by catcher John Jaso, who hit his third home of the season.

• The Mariners' bullpen was called upon to work 5 1/3 innings Wednesday after starter Kevin Millwood had to leave the game with a strained right groin.

Worth noting
• Franklin Morales, who will oppose Hernandez on the mound Thursday, initially joined the starting rotation to fill in for Josh Beckett.

Beckett, who was suffering from a sore right shoulder, is coming back for Saturday's start and the Red Sox are considering a six-man rotation through All-Star break

Morales (1-1, 3.12 ERA) won his last start, pitching six innings and allowing seven hits and three runs (two earned) while striking out eight. Comments