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Edwin Encarnacion hits three-run homer, Yusei Kikuchi gives Seattle solid start in 7-4 win; games at Texas and Oakland next

ENCARNACIONThe Seattle Mariners avoided being swept in a four-game series at home with a 7-4 win Sunday over Minnesota at T-Mobile Park.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer among his three hits, and Yusei Kikuchi allowed five hits and three runs (but only one earned) and struck out six in six innings.

Mitch Haniger hit a two-run homer and Daniel Vogelbach a solo shot, both off Minnesota starter Kyle Gibson, in the fifth inning as the Mariners overcame a 3-1 deficit. Encarnacion ripped his three-run shot in the seventh inning.

The A.L. Central Division-leading Twins (30-16) still left town having won three of four games, and scoring 39 runs. Jorge Polanco had four hits in Sunday's loss.

The Mariners (23-26) hit the road for three games at Texas and three at Oakland. Mike Leake (3-4, 4.00) pitches for Seattle in the Texas opener opposite Mike Minor (4-3, 2.61) at 5 p.m. PT Monday.

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