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Mariners pull closer in wild card race, hold off A's 4-3

Seattle took three of four in the series and pulled within 1½ games of the A’s for the second wild-card spot in the AL.
Credit: AP
Oakland Athletics center fielder Ramon Laureano dives but can't get to an RBI single hit by Seattle Mariners' Tom Murphy during the third inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) - Kyle Seager had a key two-out, two-run single as part of Seattle’s four-run third inning, Marco Gonzales won his second straight decision, and the Mariners inched closer in the American League wild-card chase with a 4-3 win over the Oakland Athletics. 

Seattle took three of four in the series and pulled within 1½ games of the A’s for the second wild-card spot in the AL.

The Mariners are eight games over .500 for the first time since April 2019 and improved to 23-8 in one-run games. 

Matt Olson and Seth Brown homered for Oakland.