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Lopez, Hall give Mariners sweep of Athletics

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SEATTLE, Washington (AP) - Jose Lopez homered, newly acquired Bill Hall drove in two runs and Luke French won his third game in four decisions as a Mariner in Seattle's 5-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.

Relievers Miguel Batista, Mark Lowe and David Aardsma kept Oakland scoreless over the final 4 1-3 innings.

The Mariners missed All-Star leadoff man Ichiro Suzuki for the entire series because of a sore calf. Yet the AL's lowest-scoring team swept three games from the team ranked last in the league in slugging percentage, extra-base hits and home runs entering Wednesday.

It was Seattle's first series sweep since June 19-21, against Arizona.

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