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Three solo homers, Iwakuma's gem propel Mariners past Red Sox

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

8/3 vs BOS by TOM HAYDEN

SAFECO FIELD, SEATTLE, WA. ----

When Kuma is crusin' you always know that the outcome is going to be a good one for the Mariners. On Wednesday night in Seattle, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma certainly cruised in 7.1 STRONG innings of work. Hisashi has certainly been a reliable factor all season for the M's, and when he's scheduled to start, you know that if offense just backs him up than there will no doubt be a good chance for Seattle to come out victorious. That's exactly what happened on Wednesday night at the Safe, as offense combined to put up 3 solo homers on BOS RHP Rick Porcello, and that is all that they needed in the end. With the win, Seattle now only trails the Texas Rangers by 7.0 games and the Houston Astros by 2.5 games in the American League Western division standings. For a wild card spot, the Mariners need to climb a 4.0 game ladder, which is certainly not a big one, and they can do it with what is left in this long season. Only the Hoston Astros and Detroit Tigers are ahead of the M's in the 2016 Wold Card race for that second wild card spot.

Offensively on Wednesday night in game three of this 4-game series with the Red Sox, the Mariners were able to put up 3 runs on 4 hits. DH Nelson Cruz (.283 AVG) went 1-for-3 at the plate with a solo shot to left in the second inning off of BOS RHP Rick Porcello. Cruz's 441-foot homer was his 27th of the season, and the RBI was for his 69th of the season, which is a new team high of RBI. Also contributing offensively for the M's was C Mike Zunino (.286 AVG) who went 2-for-3 at the plate with his fifth homer of the season, a solo BLAST to center in the sixth inning also off of Porcello. Mike Z now has 7 RBI on the season and he hit for 5 total bases on Wednesday night for the M's. 1B Adam Lind (.228 AVG) connected for the third solo homer of the night, a blast to right field in the seventh inning of the ball game also of of Rick Porcello. Lind now has 16 homers on the season with 44 RBI. Zunino's 2 hits, followed by Cruz and Lind's solo homers, were the only Mariner hits on the night, but they certainly got the job done in the 3-1 win over Boston!

On the mound on Wednesday night, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma cruised in his 22nd start of the season so far. Iwakuma went a solid 7.1 innings giving up only only 5 hits while striking out 7 Red Sox in his outing. Hisashi earned the win, and he now has a W-L record on the season of 12-7 with an ERA of 3.99. Impressive. In relief of Kuma were RHP Drew Storen (6.69 ERA), and RHP closer Edwin Diaz (2.00 ERA). Storen earned his 9th hold of the season in 0.2 innings of work, giving up only a hit. Edwin Diaz went the ninth inning seeking his second straight and second career save, and that's exactly what he got. Diaz gave up 1 run on 1 hit, but did get a strikeout in closing out another Mariners win!

WHAT'S NEXT? :

The Mariners will now look to close out this 4-game series with a series win, as they have taken 2-of-3 games from Boston so far. LHP Ariel Miranda (0-0, 13.50) is set and ready to make his Mariners debut. Miranda was acquired earlier this week from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for LHP Wade Miley. Miranda and the M's will face BOS All-Star LHP Drew Pomeranz (8-9, 3.09 ERA). Be sure to catch the series finale on ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle radio! First pitch start time- 7:10 PM PAC, 10:10 PM ET.

MARINERS 365 NOTES:

The Mariners have officially recalled LHP Ariel Miranda from AAA Tacoma to start on Thursday night for Seattle, and have also recalled RHP Blake Parker.

RHP Steve Cishek has been placed on the 15-day DL with a tear in his left hip labrum.

RHP Donn Roach has been sent back down to AAA Tacoma.

RHP Mayckol Guapie has been released by the Mariners.

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.

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