Jarred Kelenic and Kyle Lewis met, Yusei Kikuchi threw more than six innings, and the Seattle Mariners won hosts Oakland Athletics with a 4-2 win in a three-game series on Monday.
When American League West rivals faced each other for the first time this season, the Mariners overcame a home run from Mark Canha to end one loss in six games, while earning the A’s a second straight loss.
Kelenic, a 21-year-old who made his Major League debut on May 13 and returned the next day, had played eight games without a second homer before beating Oakland starter Frankie Montas in the fifth inning (5-4 ) started.
Coupled with an RBI double from Mitch Haniger in the first inning and Lewis’ homer in two runs in the third inning, Kelenic’s 400-foot solo shot on right field gave Seattle a 4-1 lead.
Kikuchi (2-3) maintained the lead in three runs and allowed a run with four hits. He went two and turned down three.
The win marked the former Japanese star’s first start in four May starts and the first against the A in seven head-to-head matchups.
The A’s hit the Seattle Bullpen for one run in the eighth inning, basing the potential tie run with no outs, but Erik Swanson knocked out Chad Pinder, Ramon Laureano and Matt Olson in turn to keep the 4-2 lead.
Keynan Middleton worked a 1-2-3 ninth with two spikes for his third save.
Haniger played in front of family and friends on a homecoming in the San Francisco Bay Area and had two hits. Kelenic scored twice for the Mariners, who had three doubles and two homers among their six hits.
Seth Brown had an RBI double for Oakland, which was beaten 6-5.
Montas scored eleven hits in six innings but was charged with six hits and three walks with all four Mariners runs.
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