Mariners hit three homers to edge Oakland, 4-3
Mike Leake gave Seattle a solid outing, and three home runs backed him as Seattle beat Oakland 4-3 Tuesday at T-Mobile Park.
The Mariners (22-23) won both games of the two-game set with Oakland (19-25), their American League West Division rival.
Daniel Vogelbach and Tim Beckham hit homers in the second inning and, after Oakland tied it 2-2, Mitch Haniger hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning — all three shots coming off Oakland left-hander Brett Anderson.
Leake gave up five hits and three runs (one earned) while striking out six and walking one in 6 2/3 innings. Leake gave up an RBI single and departed and, after Cory Gearrin gave up a single and a walk in relief, Roenis Elias struck out Chad Pinder to end the Oakland threat.
Elias struck out five and allowed no hits in 2 1/3 innings.
After an off day Wednesday, the Mariners host Minnesota (26-15), the American League Central Division leader, for four games, starting at 7 p.m. Thursday. Erik Swanson (1-4, 6.35) pitches for Seattle opposite former Mariner Michael Pineda (2-3, 5.85).