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October 1, 2009 at 9:28 PM

Mike Sweeney, Doug Fister help Mariners sweep Oakland

The Mariners just equaled their best-ever mark against the Oakland A’s, surviving a ninth-inning homer allowed by David Aardsma and winning 4-2. That gave Seattle a series sweep and a 14-5 record overall against their rivals from the Bay Area.
Seattle also now can finish no worse than 83-79 on the year.
You know, it looks a lot better when you get the loss total below 80.
The M’s are now 83-77, with three to play, They can technically still catch the Rangers for second place if they sweep Texas this weekend. Wouldn’t that be something? Hard to believe the Rangers were in the wild-card hunt just three weeks ago. Bet they’d have let those three rain-hampered games in Arlington earlier this month get washed out and replayed here if they could do it all over again.
After all, the Rangers lost two of those three and haven’t been the same since.
Anyhow, Doug Fister gets the win tonight and snaps a winless stretch dating back exactly one month. Mike Sweeney delivered the key, two-run single, continuing his hot stretch over the second half of play.
Sweeney won’t get most of the DH attention this weekend. Understandably, that will be reserved for Ken Griffey Jr. But Sweeney sure has made a case for being brought back.

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