SEATTLE -- Adam Lind launched a pair of homers and drove in six runs in a four-hit night as the Mariners jumped on first-time A's starter Zach Neal en route to a 13-3 series-clinching romp Wednesday at Safeco Field.The Mariners cranked out four homers on the night -- including Robinson
SEATTLE -- Adam Lind launched a pair of homers and drove in six runs in a four-hit night as the Mariners jumped on first-time A's starter Zach Neal en route to a 13-3 series-clinching romp Wednesday at Safeco Field.
The Mariners cranked out four homers on the night -- including Robinson Cano's 14th of the year and Nelson Cruz's 10th -- as they racked up season highs for runs and hits (17).
"A really outstanding night for our offense," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "It was certainly great to see Adam Lind have that kind of night. He's capable of that. He's capable of carrying a club for a few weeks. He's got that kind of offensive ability."
Lind came in batting .216 with three home runs and 12 RBIs, but the veteran first baseman hit a solo shot in the second and capped Seattle's six-run third inning with a three-run blast as the Mariners improved their American League West-leading record to 28-18.
Neal, a 27-year-old right-hander taking the place of injured ace Sonny Gray, gave up eight hits and seven runs in four innings and Seattle wound up with 17 hits on the night off four A's hurlers. The A's have lost six of their last seven in falling to 20-28.
"The first [Lind] home run, I thought I made a decent pitch inside, he got enough of it to get it out to right," Neal said. "And then his next AB, it was just a changeup in the middle of the plate."
Hisashi Iwakuma (3-4, 4.33 ERA) picked up his second straight win as he allowed three runs and eight hits over seven frames for a Mariners club that has the best record in the Majors at 26-12 since April 13.
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Lind supplies the lumber: The Mariners teed off on Neal with seven hits in their six-run third inning, including a double by Norichika Aoki and RBI singles by Leonys Martin, Seth Smith and Kyle Seager. Lind then unloaded the big blow with his second homer of the game, a three-run shot into the right-field seats that Statcast™ projected at 402 feet on a 1-1 changeup. Lind added a run-scoring single in the fifth and an RBI double in the seventh while hiking his batting average 26 points to .242.
"There's been incremental improvements throughout the last two weeks," Lind said. "Tonight it all worked out." More >
Davis continues power surge:Khris Davis kept his scorching May going with a home run to right-center field in the second inning that gave Oakland a short-lived 1-0 lead. Davis, who started the game at designated hitter, has 10 homers and 22 RBIs in 22 games in May and leads Oakland with 13 homers and 31 RBIs this year.
Defense chips in, too: While the Mariners were racking up big offensive numbers, they did work in the field as well, including a laser relay throw from Cano that caught A's speedster Billy Burns going in standing at third base on an attempted triple in the third. Burns laced a line drive into the right-field corner, but Smith got the ball quickly to Cano, who fired a bullet to third where Seager deked Burns by not reacting until the last second as the throw arrived simultaneously with the upright runner. Burns initially was called safe, but that was overturned when the Mariners called for a replay challenge.
A's third base coach Ron Washington said he was not expecting Cano to make that type of throw. "I screwed that up," Washington said. "It wasn't Billy. It was all me. Billy was coming and I just made my call too soon and screwed it up."
"Tremendous relay throw. We all look at the second baseman [Cano] and he has a tendency to just kind of flip the ball over there. But he has arm strength. He got his feet in the right spot and made a great throw. Nice play by Seager just to kind of deke and hang out. He didn't slide and it was bang-bang. It was a well-executed play, but really it was the throw from Robbie that made it work." -- Servais, on throwing out Burns at third base.
"The first five hitters, he got outs. And then when Lind hit the homer, it looked like maybe the ball was creeping over the plate a little more, where it looked like it had pretty good sink early on and was on the corners." -- A's manager Bob Melvin, on Neal's outing. More >
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The Mariners are now 23-3 (.885) when scoring four or more runs. The only MLB teams with better winning percentages in that situation are the Cubs at 29-2 (.935) and Yankees at 17-2 (.895).
Martin, the Mariners center fielder, was taken out in the fourth inning after injuring his left leg while running the bases. Martin, who is 15-for-30 over his last nine games, came up limping after stealing second following his run-scoring single in the third. He was replaced by Shawn O'Malley the next inning and the Mariners said he is day-to-day after "tweaking" his hamstring. More >
Athletics: The A's have Thursday off but will be back at home Friday night at 7:05 p.m. PT for the opener of a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers. Rookie left-hander Sean Manaea (1-2, 7.62 ERA) gets the start for Oakland. Manaea, who has held left-handed hitters to a .130 batting average, has yet to face Detroit this season.
Mariners: After an off-day on Thursday, the Mariners open a three-game series on Friday at 7:10 p.m. PT against the Twins with Felix Hernandez (4-3, 2.21 ERA) on the hill. Hernandez is 8-5 with a 1.93 ERA in 17 career starts against the Twins, including 5-2, 1.28 in 10 games at Safeco Field
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Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB, read his Mariners Musings blog, and listen to his podcast.
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