SEATTLE — Casper Wells hit a two-run homer in his third game with Seattle and Felix Hernandez pitched into the seventh inning to help the Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.
Wells, acquired Saturday in a four-player trade with Detroit, connected on a full-count pitch from Rich Harden (2-2) in the sixth inning. The drive to left was his first homer since he went deep on June 24 for the Tigers against Arizona.
Hernandez (10-9) allowed two runs and five hits, struck out nine and walked three in 6 1-3 innings. He has 162 strikeouts, tied for second best in the American League.
Scott Sizemore hit a two-run homer on Hernandez’s final pitch, but Jeff Gray worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth and Brandon League finished for his 25th save in 29 opportunities.
The Mariners have won four of six since a club-record 17-game losing streak.
Hideki Matsui had three hits for Oakland, which has dropped four of six. Harden allowed four runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Seattle grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning, helped by alert baserunning from Ryan.
Ryan reached on a one-out infield single to deep shortstop. As he walked back to first base, Ryan noticed second base completely uncovered so he took off and made it without a throw. He popped up immediately and noticed the same lax defense at third, sliding in safely again without an throw.
Dustin Ackley then walked and Mike Carp followed with a two-run double off the left-field wall.
For the Mariners, that represented a career breakthrough against Harden. At the time, it was the most runs ever scored against him in a game at Safeco Field. He entered with a 5-0 record and 0.86 ERA in six career starts at Seattle’s home.