Nick Franklin hit his first career grand slam in Seattle's big second inning to back up a scoreless start by Felix Hernandez, and the Mariners rolled past the Houston Astros 12-5 on Sunday for their season-best sixth straight victory.
The Seattle Mariners only managed one hit against Houston on Saturday night. That big swing by Michael Saunders was all they needed to put away the last-place Astros.
The second half of the season that begins Friday in Houston will have a significant impact on the direction of the franchise.
Hisashi Iwakuma won for the first time in over a month and the Seattle Mariners completed their first sweep of the season, beating the Los Angeles Angels 4-3.
Felix Hernandez threw eight shutout innings and Justin Smoak drove in four runs off Los Angeles starter Jered Weaver, including a three-run homer, in the Seattle Mariners' 6-0 win over the Angels on Saturday night.
Daniel Nava hit a two-out single in the top of the 10th inning to score pinch-runner Jackie Bradley Jr., and the Red Sox rallied from a four-run deficit for the second time in the series to beat the Mariners 8-7 in 10 innings on Thursday.
Right-hander Jeremy Bonderman's comeback with the Seattle Mariners is over after he was designated for assignment following consecutive poor starts.
Joe Saunders pitched seven efficient innings and Nick Franklin and Justin Smoak each homered to lift the Mariners to a 3-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
Iwakuma leads the league with a 2.60 ERA, followed by Hernandez at 2.69. It's the fourth All-Star selection for Hernandez, who didn't pitch last year at Kansas City or the previous year in Arizona.
Cesar Izturis drove in three runs, matching his season total, and Mat Latos doubled home two more on Saturday, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to a 13-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners.