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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Rookie left-hander Roenis Elias pitched 6 1/3 strong innings, and the Seattle Mariners rolled to their season-high fourth consecutive victory Tuesday night, beating the Oakland A's 8-3 at the Coliseum.

The Mariners (15-14) moved over .500 for the first time since April 15 and pulled to within two games of the first-place A's in the American League West. Seattle won for the ninth time in 11 games, including the first two games in the four-game series that concludes with a doubleheader Wednesday.

Elias (3-2) won back-to-back starts for the first time in his career. He allowed three runs on five hits, struck out six, walked three and threw 107 pitches. After giving up two runs in the second inning, Elias blanked the A's until left fielder Yoenis Cespedes hit a leadoff home run in the sixth.

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager went 2-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run, while first baseman Justin Smoak went 2-for-5 with a double, three RBIs and two runs.

Rookie center fielder James Jones, making his first major league start, went 2-for-5 and scored a run during Seattle's three-run first. Second baseman Robinson Cano sent 2-for-4 and scored a first-inning run.

Second baseman Nick Punto drove in two runs for the A's.

A's right-hander Jesse Chavez entered the game with a 1.89 ERA, but he endured his second rough start in his past three outings. Chavez (2-1) allowed four runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings, and he left with the A's trailing 4-2. He struck out three, walked two, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch.

Chavez threw 29 pitches in the first inning when the Mariners scored three runs. He gave way to left-hander Sean Doolittle after his 99th pitch.

The Mariners led 3-2 after five innings and made it 4-2 in the top of the sixth. Seager was hit by a Chavez pitch, went to third on left fielder Dustin Ackley's single and scored on catcher Mike Zunino's sacrifice fly. Cespedes cut Seattle's lead to 4-3 with his leadoff home run to left field in the sixth.

Seattle added four unearned runs in the ninth off A's right-hander Jim Johnson, who walked two, committed a throwing error and allowed two hits before leaving the game to another chorus of boos from A's fans.

Mariners right-hander Dominic Leone pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Elias. Left-hander Charlie Furbush came on to strike out first baseman Brandon Moss on three pitches to end the eighth and strand two runners. Tom Wilhelmsen pitched a scoreless ninth.

One night after scoring twice in the top of the first inning of a 4-2 win against Oakland, the Mariners scored three times in the first. Jones ripped a one-out single to right and moved to second on Cano's single.

Jones tagged up and took third after A's right-fielder Craig Gentry made a leaping catch of designated hitter Corey Hart's fly ball to deep right-center. Jones scored on a wild pitch by Chavez, and Smoak lined an RBI double to left, driving in Cano to make it 2-0. Ackley brought Smoak home with a two-out single to center.

The A's answered with two runs in the second. With two outs, Gentry walked and moved to second on Moss' single off Elias. Gentry and Moss each advanced one base on a wild pitch, and Pinto singled them home.

Chavez survived a scary moment in the top of the fourth. With Ackley on second and two outs, Chavez snagged a wicked lined drive by right fielder Michael Saunders that was headed for his face. After catching the liner, Chavez exhaled slowly, then walked off to a standing ovation.

NOTES: Athletics RHP Arnold Leon will be recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, and he will either start the second game of a doubleheader against Seattle or be available in relief. Leon was in the clubhouse before Tuesday's game. ... RHP Erasmo Ramirez joined the Mariners on Tuesday in Oakland and is expected to be called up officially from Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday to start the second game of the doubleheader. ... Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez will face A's RHP Dan Straily in the first game Wednesday.
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