Mariners Game Recap: M’s Dominate A’s En Route to Series Win

May 25, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Adam Lind (26) hits a solo homer against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
May 25, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Adam Lind (26) hits a solo homer against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /

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The Mariners routed the A’s on Wednesday en route to earning a series win at Safeco Field.

The Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland A’s, 13-3 on Wednesday night at Safeco Field. With the win, the M’s took 2 of 3 games from the visiting A’s this week. Hisashi Iwakuma (3-4, 4.33 ERA) earned the win for the Mariners and Zach Neal (0-1, 12.86 ERA) was charged with the loss.

Iwakuma didn’t have his best stuff, but the Mariners provided more than enough run support for him to pick up the win. Kuma allowed 3 runs to score on 8 hits through 7 innings of work. The 35-year-old Tokyo native fanned 4 A’s and did not issue any free passes.

Surprisingly, it was the Oakland Athletics that started the scoring tonight in the 2nd inning. Khris Davis sliced an 82 mph slider over the wall in right field for an opposite field solo home run. Davis’ blast gave the A’s their only lead of the night.

The Mariners tied the game in the home half of the 2nd inning thanks to an Adam Lind solo homer. Seattle took the lead in the 3rd inning after plating 6 runs. Leonys Martin got the scoring spree started with an RBI single. Seth Smith followed with an RBI single of his own, and Kyle Seager kept it going by singling home Smith. Lind put the exclamation point on the 3rd inning, golfing a 3-run home run to deep right field. The Mariners exited the 3rd inning with a 7-1 lead.

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Coco Crisp cut into the M’s gigantic lead in the top of the 5th inning. Crisp lined a single to left field that plated a sprinting Marcus Semien. Billy Burns made it a 7-3 game with an RBI groundout. Thankfully, that was as close as Oakland got tonight.

Seattle added another run in the bottom of the 5th. Robinson Cano sent a ground ball back through the box into center field for a 1-out single. Nelson Cruz followed with a single of his own to put Cano in scoring position. Lind came through with an RBI single to give the Mariners an 8-3 lead.

The Mariners put the game out of reach in the bottom of the 7th, scoring 4 insurance runs. Cruz drilled a 2-run homer to left field for his 10th dinger of the season. Lind plated Seager on an RBI double to center field, and Luis Sardinas drove in Lind on a single to center field. After 7 innings, Seattle held a commanding 12-3 lead.

Joaquin Benoit was called on to work the 8th inning for the Seattle Mariners. The veteran right-hander allowed a base hit, but kept the A’s off the scoreboard to preserve the Mariners huge lead.

It’s hard to believe, but the M’s weren’t finished scoring. Cano got into the act in the 8th inning, yanking a solo shot that sailed over the wall in right field. The round-tripper was Robbie’s 14th of the season, and gave the Mariners a 13-3 lead.

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Scott Servais handed the ball off the Steve Johnson in the 9th inning with the Mariners up by double digits. The hard-throwing righty allowed a 1-out base hit, but he struck out the next two men he faced to shut the door on the A’s.

The Mariners received significant contributions from everyone in their lineup, but the night undoubtably belonged to Adam Lind. The veteran first baseman has had a rough first 2 months with the M’s, but he finished just a triple shy of the cycle on Wednesday. Lind also hit his 4th and 5th home runs of the season, collected 4 hits and drove in a whopping 6 runs. Hopefully Lind’s remarkable showing is a sign that his struggles are behind him.

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The Seattle Mariners (28-18) will have a much deserved day off in the Emerald City on Thursday before welcoming the Minnesota Twins (12-34) to town for a 3-game weekend series on Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm from the corner of Edgar & Dave. Felix Hernandez (4-3, 2.21 ERA) will get the ball for the M’s in the series opener, and Pat Dean (0-1, 3.86 ERA) will be on the bump for the Twinkies.