King Felix, Mariners top Lester, A's
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Felix Hernandez outdueled Jon Lester in a test of staff aces and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 on Wednesday to close out a three-game series between the AL West rivals.
Kyle Seager and Corey Hart hit back-to-back homers off Lester in the seventh inning to give the Mariners the lead.
Seattle won the last two games of the series against the reeling A's, who have dropped six of their last seven but still lead the AL wild-card race.
Hernandez (14-5) and Lester (13-10) each pitched eight innings.
Hernandez gave up three hits, including a homer to Adam Dunn in the fourth inning. He struck out four and walked two. Lester fanned five, walked none and allowed seven hits, including both homers.
"The game came as advertised," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "Basically (it came down to) three swings of the bat and they got two of them."
09/03 18:21:43 ET