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Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Mariners’ 4-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics

Seattle Mariners closing pitcher Roenis Elias reacts as stadium lights flash after the team’sbaseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Seattle. Elias earned the save as the Mariners won 4-3. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
Seattle Mariners closing pitcher Roenis Elias reacts as stadium lights flash after the team’sbaseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Seattle. Elias earned the save as the Mariners won 4-3. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)
By Gene Warnick The Spokesman-Review

Mike Leake delivered a quality start, Roenis Elias was dominant in relief and the Mariners hit three home runs in a 4-3 victory against the visiting Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.

Mitch Haniger hit a two-run homer and Daniel Vogelbach and Tim Beckham added solo shots as the Mariners swept the two-game series.

Leake (3-4), a right-hander, allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out six.

Elias pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, striking out five, to earn his fifth save of the season. The left-hander got out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh, struck out the side in the eighth and got a game-ending double play.

A’s left-hander Brett Anderson (4-3) gave up four runs on six hits in six innings, with one walk and five strikeouts.

Of note

M’s RHP Felix Hernandez is expected to miss four to six weeks after being diagnosed with a lat strain in his right side. Manager Scott Servais said an MRI revealed the extent of the injury, which was originally diagnosed as a shoulder strain. … LHP Wade LeBlanc threw five innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma on Monday night in Las Vegas. LeBlanc, who has been out since April 14 with a strained right oblique, could return by the end of the week. The M’s haven’t announced their starters past Thursday’s series opener against Minnesota. … When RHP Austin Adams made his debut Monday night, he became the 40th different player used by the M’s this season, the most in the majors. Seattle has used 25 pitchers, second only to Baltimore (26).

By the numbers

2: Unearned runs allowed by the Mariners, both scoring on a throwing error by second baseman Tim Beckham in the fifth inning.

Our take from Right Field

Thumbs-up to Servais for sending Elias back out for the ninth inning. After striking out the first four batters he faced on 16 pitches, the lefty deserved a chance to close this one out. Elias survived a Dee Gordon error in the ninth, getting the next batter to ground into a game-ending double play.

Up next

The M’s have a day off before opening a four-game series with the Minnesota Twins at 7:10 p.m. Thursday at T-Mobile Park. RHP Erik Swanson (1-4, 6.35 ERA) is scheduled to face Minnesota RHP Michael Pineda (2-3, 5.85), a former Mariner.

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