Mariners complete sweet of A's
OAKLAND, Calif. - What a turnaround for the Seattle Mariners against the Oakland Athletics. The Mariners completed their first three-game sweep in Oakland since April 10-12, 2001, Wednesday by beating the Athletics 9-5.
After winning only two of 19 games against the A's last season, the Mariners were 14-5 in their season series against their
American League West rivals. Seattle won its sixth straight in Oakland today and went 8-1 there this season.
Felix Hernandez won his third straight decision and Yuniesky Betancourt had three RBIs for the Mariners. Hernandez improved his record to 13-7, allowing four runs and seven hits in five innings. the 21-year-old right-hander went 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA in four starts against the A's this season.
All-Star closer J.J. Putz pitched the final inning for the Mariners after being held out of last night's game in Oakland because of tightness in his right triceps. He didn't work in a save situation.
In their final road series of the season, the Mariners will start left-hander Ryan Feierabend against right-hander Jered Weaver
of the first-place Los Angeles Angels Thursday night at 7:05 at Anaheim. The Mariners are only 4-11 against the Angels this season.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)