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Mariners come up all aces against A’s for two-game sweep

The Seattle Mariners seem to have found the cure for what has ailed them the past few weeks:

Playing the Oakland A's.

For the second time this season, the Mariners swept the Athletics in a two-game series, finishing this one off with a 4-3 victory Tuesday night at T-Mobile Park.

The Mariners opened the season with a pair of victories over Oakland in Japan, which helped spur them to a 13-2 start that was fueled by good pitching and lots of power.

That was the winning formula again Tuesday as Mike Leake pitched 6 2/3 solid innings, Roenis Elias provided great relief and the Mariners hit three homers off A's starter Brett Anderson. It is the Mariners' first two-game winning streak since April 25-26 and the first step in trying to rebound from a 7-21 stretch after the great start.

It was the second straight excellent start for Leake (3-4), but this time he was rewarded after getting a loss last week in New York against the Yankees despite allowing just one run in seven innings.

Leake allowed three runs – one earned – five hits and a walk and struck out six. He owes some thanks to Elias for getting the win. Leake left with a man on first and two outs, but Cory Gearrin allowed a single and a walk to load the bases.

Mariners manager Scott Servais brought in Elias, who struck out pinch-hitter Chad Pinder on three pitches to get the Mariners out of the jam. Elias followed that by striking out the side in the eighth and finishing the game with five total strikeouts.

Seattle gave Leake some early run support when Daniel Vogelbach, leading off the bottom of the second inning, turned on a pitch from Anderson and lined it just over the wall down the right-field line. Three hitters later, Tim Beckham hit a shot the opposite way to right-center to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead.

The A's tied the score with two unearned runs in the fifth inning. With runners on second and third with two outs, it appeared Leake was out of the inning when Beckham, playing second base, went to his right to corral a hard-hit ground ball by Marco Semien.

But he skipped his throw, and when first baseman Edwin Encarnacion was unable to scoop it out of the dirt, two runs scored.

The Mariners quickly got the runs back in the bottom of the fifth. After a one-out walk to J.P. Crawford, Mitch Haniger ambushed an Anderson pitch, hitting it 428 feet into the upper deck in left field.

That proved to be enough runs for the Mariners, thanks to Elias.

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