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Seager, Cano homer to lift Mariners over first-place A's

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SEATTLE -- Hisashi Iwakuma was impressed with his likeness on the bobblehead the Seattle Mariners handed out on Saturday night.

The fans who got them were likely more impressed with the real version on the mound.

Iwakuma pitched a career-high 8 2-3 innings, and Kyle Seager and Robinson Cano homered to lift the Mariners to a 6-2 win over the Oakland Athletics.

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.

After giving up a single to start the ninth, the right-hander retired two straight, but Brandon Moss' two-run home run chased him from the game, one out shy of his first complete game. It also snapped his 20-inning scoreless streak, the longest by a Mariners pitcher this season.

It was the 12th time in 63 career starts that Iwakuma pitched at least eight innings.

"Just looking at the numbers today, the results today, I'm very happy with that," Iwakuma said. "Having that being on the bobblehead day is special. We have a lot of fans out there, very electric out there.

"The last game of the first half (for me), I wanted to finish strong. I'm glad that I did finish strong."

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.

The successful stretch follows a forgetful two games in which Iwakuma allowed a combined 10 runs.

"I think one of the things that probably hurt him a little bit is his game planning," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "Not so much on his part, but on my part. Might have become a little bit predictable.

"He's got a nice mix, he's in and out, he's up and down, he's using all his pitches. I think that makes him pretty tough."

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.

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.

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

"I felt a little bit mechanically off as far as my landing," Chavez said. "I wasn't able to get on my front side a little more, which caused a lot of balls to be inside, and then having to get back even in the count having to come back over the plate, which is usually something I don't do `til I need to."

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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Robinson Cano connects for three hits against the A's, including a home run. He raises his average to .334. (USATSI)
Robinson Cano connects for three hits against the A's, including a home run. He raises his average to .334. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Seattle

R. Cano
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Oakland

B. Moss
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
John Jaso, DH4110010 .274
Stephen Vogt, 1B4010021 .371
Yoenis Cespedes, LF4000012 .249
Brandon Moss, RF4112011 .268
Josh Donaldson, 3B4010001 .241
Jed Lowrie, SS3010000 .239
Derek Norris, C3000022 .294
Eric Sogard, 2B3000012 .186
Craig Gentry, CF3000000 .271
Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Abad, P0000000 .000
   Ryan Cook, P0000000 .000
   Jim Johnson, P0000000 .000
Totals3225208  
Batting
HR - Brandon Moss (20, Iwakuma)
RBI - Brandon Moss 2 (65)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Moss 2 (29)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Yoenis Cespedes 1
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jesse Chavez (L,7-6) 5.21033261 3.14
Fernando Abad 0.2100000 1.89
Ryan Cook 0.2000000 3.29
Jim Johnson 1333101 6.18
WP - Jim Johnson (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Jesse Chavez 102-66, Fernando Abad 8-7, Ryan Cook 9-6, Jim Johnson 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jesse Chavez 7-4, Fernando Abad 1-1, Ryan Cook 1-1, Jim Johnson 2-0
Batters Faced - Jesse Chavez 29, Fernando Abad 3, Ryan Cook 2, Jim Johnson 6
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Endy Chavez, RF4120101 .260
James Jones, CF4110115 .288
Robinson Cano, 2B5233001 .334
Logan Morrison, 1B5010012 .229
Kyle Seager, 3B4122011 .276
Corey Hart, DH4120002 .214
Dustin Ackley, LF4011002 .227
Brad Miller, SS1000110 .206
   Willie Bloomquist, SS2010011 .271
Jesus Sucre, C3010012 .200
Hisashi Iwakuma, P0000000 .000
   Yoervis Medina, P0000000 .000
Totals36614636  
Batting
2B - James Jones (8, J. Chavez), Kyle Seager (22, Abad), Corey Hart (6, J. Chavez)
HR - Robinson Cano (7, Johnson), Kyle Seager (15, J. Chavez)
SH - Jesus Sucre (1)
RBI - Robinson Cano 3 (56), Kyle Seager 2 (63), Dustin Ackley (29)
2-OUT RBI - Robinson Cano 3 (16)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Seager-Cano-Morrison
E - Brad Miller (13, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hisashi Iwakuma (W,8-4) 8.2522081 2.98
Yoervis Medina 0.1000000 2.23
Pitches-Strikes - Hisashi Iwakuma 104-73, Yoervis Medina 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hisashi Iwakuma 6-12
Batters Faced - Hisashi Iwakuma 31, Yoervis Medina 1
Game Information
Attendance - 39204
Game Time - 2:43
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - John Tumpane, Third Base - James Hoye