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The Mariners improve to 64-55 on the season. They are now tied for the second wild card with Detroit and 5.5 games behind the Angels for the first wild card spot.
Chris Young was solid tonight. After a shaky start that included walking Jose Reyes on four pitches to start the game and giving up a RBI double to Melky Cabrera, he settled in allowing just one more hit over the next five innings to improve to 11-6 on the season.
Lloyd McClendon got his 400th win and the customary beer shower, while also taking a bucket of ice water from Felix Hernandez.
Dustin Ackley had a huge two-out hit and Kendrys Morales is finally starting to show some signs of being a contributor with a solo homer and a double.
The M’s will go for a sweep tomorrow with Hisashi Iwakuma on the mound.
What’s it like to play in this race for the postseason?
“It’s awesome,” Ackley said. “You can’t really describe. It’s a whole new ball game when everything means something. When you get here and you are pumped and you are able to look at what other teams are doing and kind of see where you stand. It’s a lot more fun, let’s put it that way. Baseball is always fun. But it’s a lot more enjoyable when you are in it.”
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