The Oakland A's were swept in three games at home last week by the Los Angeles Angels, who are making a hard charge to stay in the playoff hunt.
The A's then turned right around and swept the Mariners in Seattle, taking the final game of the series 4-2 on Sunday to stay in the American League's top wild-card spot.
Oakland has been unexpectedly good on the road this season. After five consecutive years of losing records away from the Coliseum, the team is 37-30 on its travels this season, and Sunday's win was the Athletics' ninth in a row on the road. That's Oakland's longest such streak away from home since 2002, when the A's won 10 in a row on the road as part of their overall AL-record 20-game winning streak.
Now, the A's face the Angels again, with four games on tap in Anaheim, but the sweep over the Mariners helps.
"It's huge. It gives us momentum going into their place," Oakland starter Tommy Milone said. "We'll go in there and battle, they'd going to battle. It should be a good series."
Milone tied the Oakland rookie record for wins by earning his 12th victory Sunday. He gave up two runs in six innings and he struck out 10, matching his career high, and he walked none. He tied an Oakland record by making his 14th consecutive start with no more than one walk; Gil Heredia was the first to do it, in 1999.