SEATTLE (CBS / AP) — Casper Wells hit a two-run homer in his third game with Seattle and Brendan Ryan sparked the Mariners’ offense with some nifty baserunning in a 4-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.

Wells, acquired Saturday in a four-player trade with Detroit, connected on a full-count pitch from Rich Harden (2-2) in the sixth inning. The drive to left was his first homer since he went deep on June 24 for the Tigers against Arizona.

Seattle starter Felix Hernandez (10-9) allowed two runs and five hits, struck out nine and walked three in 6 1-3 innings. He has 162 strikeouts, tied for second best in the American League.

The right-hander improved to 12-4 with a 2.54 ERA in 21 career starts against Oakland, including five consecutive winning decisions. He hasn’t lost to the A’s since Sept. 19, 2008.

Scott Sizemore hit a two-run homer on Hernandez’s final pitch, but Jeff Gray worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth and Brandon League finished for his 25th save in 29 opportunities.

The Mariners have won four of six since a club-record 17-game losing streak.

Hideki Matsui had three hits for Oakland, which has dropped four of six. Harden allowed four runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings.

Seattle grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning, helped by alert baserunning from Ryan.

Ryan reached on a one-out infield single to deep shortstop. As he walked back to first base, Ryan noticed second base completely uncovered so he took off and made it without a throw. He popped up immediately and noticed the same lax defense at third, sliding in safely again without a throw.

Dustin Ackley then walked and Mike Carp followed with a two-run double off the left-field wall.

For the Mariners, that represented a career breakthrough against Harden. At the time, it was the most runs ever scored against him in a game at Safeco Field. He entered with a 5-0 record and 0.86 ERA in six career starts at Seattle’s home.

NOTES: The Mariners promoted RHP Tom Wilhelmsen from Double-A Jackson. … A’s SS Cliff Pennington came out of Monday’s game in the sixth inning with an outbreak of Bell’s Palsy, a disorder of the nerve that controls movement of the face muscles. Medication has controlled the condition and he may be available again Friday in Tampa. … With both Pennington and OF David DeJesus (sore thumb) sidelined, the A’s brought up utilityman Adam Rosales from Triple-A Sacramento. LHP Jerry Blevins was designated for assignment. … LHP Charlie Furbush, acquired from Detroit on Saturday, makes his third big league start Wednesday afternoon. He made a pair of July starts for the Tigers, combining for 7 1-3 innings, allowing 12 runs, eight earned. … LHP Gio Gonzalez takes the mound for the A’s on Wednesday. Gonzalez is 5-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 10 career appearances against Seattle.

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  1. Patrick says:

    Nice to see Sizemore producing. Tigers designated Purcey for assignment. Basically gave Sizemore away. Never thought the team gave him enough chance here in Detroit, but what can we do now? Casper Wells was just traded away as well, but he was expendable. Good, high character guy and I wish him well in Seattle.

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