SEATTLE – Hisashi Iwakuma picked up his 13th win of the season despite not having his best stuff in the Seattle Mariners’ 5-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.
Iwakuma helped the Mariners end a three-game skid by holding Washington to three earned runs in six innings off three solo home runs, two of them to Bryce Harper. The 33-year-old righty struck out six and didn’t issue a single walk in an 86-pitch outing.
Seattle scored three runs in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead, which the Mariners preserved to close within half a game of the second wild-card spot.
With a month to go in the regular season, Seattle is trying to reach the playoffs for the first time in 13 years.
“My upper body and lower body were out of whack so I couldn’t make the pitches I wanted to,” said Iwakuma, whose ERA is at 2.90. “But I managed to limit the damage to three runs. I want to thank my teammates for turning around the game.
“We’re in a good position. We need to keep doing what we’re supposed to be doing and compete as a team.”
Over his last 11 starts, Iwakuma is 8-2 with a 2.35 ERA and has 72 strikeouts and five walks.
Dustin Ackley homered and drove in four runs for Seattle.
The Mariners had lost three in a row. They also had been 0-11 against the Nationals since the franchise moved from Montreal to Washington for the 2005 season.
Angels 8, Athletics 1
In Anaheim, Mike Trout hit his career-high 31st homer and drove in three runs as the Angels finished off a four-game sweep.
Trout had a two-run single during a six-run second inning. Chris Iannetta homered and had three hits for Los Angeles, which has won 15 of 19. The A’s have lost 14 of 20.
Orioles 12, Twins 8
In Baltimore, J.J. Hardy hit his fourth career grand slam during a seven-run sixth, and Nelson Cruz connected for his major league-leading 35th home run.
White Sox 6, Tigers 2
In Chicago, Jose Quintana allowed two runs over seven innings to earn his first win in more than a month.
Blue Jays 4, Yankees 3
In Toronto, Jose Bautista homered for the fifth straight game as the Blue Jays erased a three-run deficit.
Munenori Kawasaki recorded a hit in three at-bats for Toronto. Ichiro Suzuki came on as a pinch runner for New York in the ninth.
Red Sox 3, Rays 0
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Clay Buchholz threw a three-hitter to stop his string of seven starts without a win.
Astros 3, Rangers 2
In Houston, Matt Dominguez hit a tying homer and Jose Altuve’s fourth hit drove in the go-ahead run as the Astros rallied in the eighth.
Indians 4, Royals 2 (10) — susp.
Braves 1, Marlins 0
In Atlanta, Alex Wood struck out 12 in eight dominant innings and Evan Gattis homered.
Giants 15, Brewers 5
In San Francisco, Pablo Sandoval had a two-run homer among his three RBIs and finished a double short of the cycle.
Cardinals 9, Cubs 6
In St. Louis, Matt Holliday hit his third home run in two games and broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run single.
Dodgers 7, Padres 1
In San Diego, Ryu Hyun-jin came off the disabled list to pitch four-hit ball over seven innings.
Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 2
In Phoenix, Chase Anderson pitched six strong innings in Arizona’s victory over Colorado.
Reds 3, Pirates 2
In Pittsburgh, Chris Heisey hit two home runs, including a tiebreaking shot in the ninth inning, and Johnny Cueto overcame an early jolt to earn his 16th win.
Mets 6, Phillies 5
In New York, Anthony Recker snapped a sixth-inning tie with a three-run homer in a rare start as the Mets held off Philadelphia to avoid dropping into last place in the NL East.