Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Raul Ibanez smashed a three-run home run and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics, 6-3, in the opener of a three-game series.
Kendrys Morales, Justin Smoak and Michael Morse contributed with an RBI apiece for the Mariners, who have won eight of their last 11 games.
Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakauma (4-1) had nine strikeouts and allowed two runs on nine hits over seven frames. Tom Wilhelmsen pitched a flawless ninth to notch his 10th save.
Jed Lowrie drove in two runs and Derek Norris had a home run for the Athletics, who saw starter Dan Straily (1-1) surrender six runs on six hits and four walks in five-plus innings.