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June 14, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Mariners get homer from Zunino, first road win by Saunders

Mike Zunino is congratulated in the seventh inning after hitting his first big league home run to put the Mariners ahead to stay. Photo Credit: AP

Mike Zunino is congratulated in the seventh inning after hitting his first big league home run to put the Mariners ahead to stay. Photo Credit: AP

Nothing like a pair of firsts by the Mariners to start this road trip off. They got the first career home run by Mike Zunino to put them ahead to stay in the seventh inning. They added a run in the eighth, survived a late Chris Young homer and pulled off a 3-2 win over the Oakland Athletics.

It was also the first road win of the season by Joe Saunders, who entered 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA away from Safeco Field.

Oliver Perez¬†then came on and closed out the ninth in Tom Wilhelmsen’s absence for his first career save.

Perez got a foul popout on Nate Freiman, then struck out Derek Norris with the count full. Josh Reddick then lined a single to right and you could feel the nerves in the Mariners dugout start to tighten. But Adam Rosales flied out to right to end it.

The Mariners are now back to eight games below .500 and have Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma going the next two nights. In other words, this win was potentially huge if they can take care of business with their aces on the mound next.

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