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Haniger's homer helps M's beat A's 4-2, close in wild card

M's are a half-game out of the wild card
Credit: AP
Seattle Mariners' Mitch Haniger celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

SEATTLE (AP) — Mitch Haniger hit his 100th-career home run and third in two games, and the Seattle Mariners pulled within a half-game of the second AL wild card berth by beating the Oakland Athletics 4-2.   It's Seattle's 11th straight win over the A's.

Tyler Anderson pitched four innings on two days’ rest for the Mariners, who won their team-record 11th straight game over Oakland.  Anderson threw 46 pitches, 40 for strikes.   Casey Sadler set the franchise record for scoreless appearances at 26 games.

Besides Haniger, Jake Fraley drove in a pair of runs with a double in the fourth inning.  Tom Murphy added an RBI single in the sixth.

The Mariners,18 games over .500 for the first time since August 2018, have won four in a row and nine of 10.  Seattle is just behind Boston and just ahead of Toronto (87-70) in the wild card race.