Iwakuma earns 15th win in Mariners' 3-2 win over A's
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Hisashi Iwakuma pitched into the seventh inning to match his career high with 15 wins, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Friday night.
Nori Aoki and Mike Zunino homered and Nelson Cruz added an RBI double to help the Mariners move within 3 1/2 games of the second AL wild card.
Iwakuma (15-11) allowed two runs over 6 2-3 innings to snap a four-game losing streak and become the third Japanese-born pitcher to have multiple 15-win seasons. Iwakuma, who also had 15 wins in 2014, struck out five and walked one.
Aoki homered leading off the third, Zunino in the seventh.
Bruce Maxwell had three hits including an RBI double while rookie Joey Wendle singled twice. The loss eliminates the A's (60-80) from playoff contention, the earliest that's happened since 1997.