When Felix Hernandez gets the ball every fifth day, it's almost becoming a formality that he's going to dominate the opposition.

While his teammates know how talented he is, Hernandez never ceases to amaze them. They're just happy to be on his side and avoid stepping in the box against him.

Hernandez twirled another gem on Friday, tossing eight scoreless innings of five-hit ball to lead the Mariners to a 4-0 victory over the Blue Jays to kick off a three-game set in front of 23,779 at Rogers Centre.

"I don't want to face Felix. I don't want to face him because he's nasty," catcher Jesus Montero said. "Sometimes it's hard to catch him, like tonight; I dropped a couple balls.

"It's crazy, his talent is so great. ... His stuff is amazing. He's a winner."

The Blue Jays were simply Hernandez's latest victim in a young season in which he has been nearly flawless. Hernandez, who improved to 4-2 and hurled his sixth quality start in seven outings, struck out seven and walked none.

Over his last four outings, the right-hander has allowed two earned runs over 30 innings -- good for a 0.60 ERA -- and has struck out 35 while walking just two.

Hernandez sports a 1.60 ERA on the year and has thrown a Major League-leading 50 2/3 innings. Only Yu Darvish and A.J. Burnett have struck out more batters than the 51 Hernandez has.

Friday was Hernandez's 66th career start in which he has gone at least eight innings and allowed two runs or fewer, which is the most in the Majors since he made his debut in 2005.

"Being aggressive; [I've] been throwing a lot of strikes," Hernandez said about his start, in which he threw first-pitch strikes to 21 of the 27 batters he faced. "That's the key for me -- get ahead of the hitters.

"I had a good sinker. We played great defense."

Hernandez faced the minimum through three innings and allowed only one Blue Jays player, Munenori Kawasaki, to get into scoring position after seven frames. Kawasaki singled off Hernandez in the third inning and stole second base, but was left stranded after the right-hander punched out Brett Lawrie.

The 27-year-old Hernandez ran into his only jam in the eighth after allowing back-to-back hits to start the frame, but he got Maicer Izturis to hit into a double play before Kawasaki grounded out to end the inning. Adam Lind was the only Blue Jays played to reach as far as third base against Hernandez after advancing there on a Colby Rasmus double, which kick-started the Blue Jays' rally.

Hernandez got Toronto to hit into three double plays and recorded 14 ground-ball outs, a season high.

"He's special. He goes about his business," Kyle Seager said about Hernandez. "Tonight, you give him a couple runs, and you know he's going to take care of the rest.

"There is really nothing he can't do out there on the mound."

Montero had trouble catching a few of Hernandez's balls, and he said it's because Hernandez generates so much late movement on his pitches that it's tough to pick up.

"It was invisible, I dropped like four," Montero said. "I think the special one is the changeup. It goes down like a splitter; it's crazy. That's why he strikes out so many guys."

The backstop said the changeup mimics a splitter by its velocity and how much it bottoms out. Hernandez's changeup averages 88 mph, according to Fangraphs.com, which is tied with the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg for the second fastest among Major League starters.

Manager Eric Wedge was most impressed with the way Hernandez spotted his fastball down in the zone, and how consistent he was with his delivery and release point.