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Seager, Cano homer to lift Mariners over A's 6-2

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, left, greets closer Yoervis Medina after they defeated the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game on Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Seattle. The Mariners won 6-2. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

By JOSH LIEBESKIND
Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) – Hisashi Iwakuma pitched a career-high 8 2-3 innings, and Kyle Seager and Robinson Cano homered to lift the Seattle Mariners to a 6-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night.

Iwakuma fanned five of the first six batters he retired en route to eight strikeouts overall. The right-hander allowed five hits and faced the minimum in all but three innings. In his last three starts, Iwakuma is 3-0 with a 0.42 ERA (3 earned runs in 21 2-3 innings), 25 strikeouts and no walks.

Brandon Moss' two-out, two-run home run off Iwakuma in the ninth snapped his 20-inning scoreless streak.

Seager's fifth-inning home run – a two-run shot – was his 15th of the season, and 13th at Safeco Field. His 42 RBIs in 47 home games leads the American League.

Cano's ninth-inning, three-run home run was his seventh of the season, and gave the Mariners a 6-0 lead.

Oakland starter Jesse Chavez allowed three runs on a career-high 10 hits. He walked two and struck out six in 5 2-3 innings.

Dustin Ackley gave the Mariners a 1-0 lead in the second with a single that scored Corey Hart from second. Hart came within feet of hitting a home run, but the ball caromed off the top of the wall in left-center field, and the Seattle designated hitter settled for a double.

A's left fielder Yoenis Cespedes threw out Willie Bloomquist trying to score from second in the eighth. It was Cespedes' major league-leading 11th outfield assist this year, and his 30th since 2012.

NOTES: Oakland's Stephen Vogt extended his career-high hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the sixth. ... Oakland OF Josh Reddick (strained right knee) is scheduled to start playing rehab games in the next couple days. ... Oakland LHP Drew Pomeranz (broken right hand) allowed a run and one hit, and struck out seven in four innings during a rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento. ... Seattle LHP James Paxton (shoulder soreness) threw a three-inning simulated game and is expected to start for Single-A Everett on Thursday. ... Seattle's Chris Young and Oakland's Sonny Gray will face off Sunday in the series finale.

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