Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Raul Ibanez smashed a three-run home run and
the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics, 6-3, in the opener of a
Kendrys Morales, Justin Smoak and Michael Morse contributed with an RBI apiece
for the Mariners, who have won eight of their last 11 games.
Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakauma (4-1) had nine strikeouts and allowed two
runs on nine hits over seven frames. Tom Wilhelmsen pitched a flawless ninth
to notch his 10th save.
Jed Lowrie drove in two runs and Derek Norris had a home run for the
Athletics, who saw starter Dan Straily (1-1) surrender six runs on six hits
and four walks in five-plus innings.
Seattle scored twice in the first. Seager drew a walk with one out, and
Morales and Morse hit back-to-back singles, with Morse scoring Seager. Smoak
followed that with a double, bringing Morales home.
Seager singled to lead off the third and later stole second. Smoak drew a
walk, setting up Ibanez's homer, and the Mariners' lead was 5-0.
Morales tacked on one more run for the Mariners in the fifth when he smacked a
double deep into center field, scoring Seager, who drew a leadoff walk.
The Athletics, however, came back in the sixth. Lowrie knocked a two-out, two-
RBI double, plating Eric Sogard and John Jaso. In the eighth, Norris hit a
solo shot, but the Athletics' next three batters all struck out.
Wilhelmsen pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to end the game.
Seager had two walks, a stolen base and three runs scored ... Lowrie hit his
12th double of the season ... The Mariners were 3-for-10 with runners in
scoring position ... Right-handed hitters are 0-for-27 against Wilhelmsen this
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