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Mariners Blast Past Oakland, 9-5

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Nelson Cruz and another trio of Mariners each hit two-run homers to beat Oakland. (Photo: ESPN/Twitter) Nelson Cruz and another trio of Mariners each hit two-run homers to beat Oakland. (Photo: ESPN/Twitter)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Nelson Cruz, Seth Smith, Brad Miller and Logan Morrison all hit two-run homers and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 9-5 Friday night for their third win in four games.

J.A. Happ (4-5) snapped a personnel four-game slide with six strong innings, giving up three runs and eight hits. He struck out five and walked none.

Mark Canha had two hits and three RBIs, Billy Burns had two hits and drove in a run and Brett Lawrie and Josh Reddick also had two hits each for the A's, who had won three of their previous four games. Marcus Semien also drove in a run.

Jesse Chavez (4-8) gave up four runs and nine hits in his 6 1/3 innings. He did not walk anyone and struck out four.

The A's took a 3-0 lead in the second. Consecutive singles from Brett Lawrie, Josh Reddick and Canha produced the first run, followed by Semien's RBI groundout and Burns' RBI double.

Morrison's 10th home run, with Mike Zunino abroad, cut the deficit to 3-2 in the top of the third.

Smith, a former Athletics player, put the Mariners ahead with his seventh homer. Cruz and Miller both hit their home runs during a five-run rally in the eighth. Mike Trumbo also drove in a run in the inning.

Robinson Cano added three hits as the Mariners won their sixth in eight games against the A's. Kyle Seager had two hits.

Seattle has hit 17 homers in its past 12 games after hitting 13 in its previous 24 games. The Mariners also extended their winning streak to 13 when scoring at least five runs.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (strained back muscle) has looked good in three rehab starts with Triple-A Tacoma (1-0, 1.35) and could be activated soon. His next scheduled start is Sunday.

Athletics: RHP Sonny Gray will not go on the disabled list but he will miss his scheduled start Sunday. It's hoped he can make two starts before the All-Star break. ... Outfielder Coco Crisp is at home dealing with kidney stones.

UP OR OUT

The Seattle Mariners have a few personnel decisions to make soon and manager Lloyd McClendon indicated they could come as soon as Friday night. LHP David Rollins, who has yet to allow a run in 9 1/3 innings for Tacoma, is a Rule 5 selection from the Houston Astros and with the completion of his 80-game suspension, for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug, he must be added to the 25-man roster by Saturday or the Mariners will lose him.

SIGNED AND SEALED

The A's agreed to terms with their 14th round selection from the First-Year Player Draft, RHP Boomer Biegalwski from the Florida State.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez (10-4, 3.05) is 20-7 with a 2.63 ERA in his career against the A's. Hernandez has not lost in Oakland in seven years, going 6-0 over his previous 14 starts there, the longest streak of undefeated starts by a visiting pitcher at O.co Coliseum.

Athletics: RHP Kendall Graveman (5-4, 3.47) is 4-2 with a 2 01 ERA in eight starts since his recall from Triple-A. He will be making his first start against the Mariners.

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