The Seattle Mariners have traded sluggers Jay Bruce and Edwin Encarnacion, and other players could be dealt in the coming weeks. But, for a team that has gone 18-42 since its 13-2 start, a winning road trip goes down as a big positive.
The Mariners beat Oakland 6-3 Sunday at Oakland, Calif., and ended the nine-game road trip with a 5-4 record.
The Mariners (31-44) return to T-Mobile Park for two series against two of the American League's other sub-.500 teams. They play three games against Kansas City, starting 7 p.m. Monday with an opening pitcher to be determined (followed by Tommy Milone) facing the Royals' Danny Duffy (3-3, 4.38).
Then, it's four games against Baltimore.
Seattle rallied for four eighth-inning runs to top the Athletics (36-36) and win two out of three in the series. Kyle Seager had a two-run double, Tom Murphy a sacrifice fly and Dee Gordon a run-scoring triple.
Mallex Smith hit a two-run homer earlier.
The Athletics hit two homers off Mike Leake, by Khris Davis and Ramon Laureano. Leake gave up seven hits and three runs (two earned) and struck out seven and walked none in seven innings.
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