Ibanez, Iwakauma lead Mariners past A's

12:34 AM, May 11, 2013   |    comments
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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 three-game series.

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.

Game Notes

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 season.

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