Mariners make it 5 in a row with 2-0 victory over Braves

Staff writerJune 4, 2014 

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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma (18) works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Wednesday, June 4, 2014 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


Not a bad stopover in Georgia.

The Mariners completed a two-game sweep of the Atlanta Braves with a 2-0 victory Tuesday behind a softly dominating performance by Hisashi Iwakuma, more good bullpen work and just enough offense.

That makes five straight victories for the Mariners who, at 31-28, are three games above .500 since they were 6-3 on April 11.

This was Iwakuma, 4-2, at his iron-fist-in-a-velvet-glove best. He rolled through seven innings while limiting the Braves to six singles. He struck out seven and walked none before handing a two-run lead to the bullpen.

Yoervis Medina worked one-two-three eighth before Fernando Rodney closed out the shutout for his 16th save in 18 chances. The Mariners’ bullpen produced six scoreless innings in Tuesday’s 7-5 comeback victory.

Atlanta starter Mike Minor, 2-4, yielded just one run and five hits through seven innings. He also matched a career-high with 10 strikeouts but trailed 1-0 when Luis Avilan took over to start the eighth.

The Mariners capitalize immediately.

Stefen Romero roped a one-out triple past a loping Jason Heyward into the right-center gap. After James Jones replaced Romero as a pinch runner, the Braves shortened their infield.

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