The Seattle Mariners rolled into Arlington, Texas Sunday night having snapped a four-game losing streak hours earlier with Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano leading the way to a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
The win kept Seattle (21-22) in third place in the American League West 6.5 games back of the first-place Oakland Athletics.
With Oakland on a tear (winners of nine of its last 10 games), Seattle must keep pace. The team enters a 10-game stretch versus divisional opponents that will go a long way to deciding where they fall in the standings as the midway point of the season approaches.
Beginning with a short two-game series against Texas on Tuesday, the Mariners then return home for four-game series with Houston and Anaheim. Texas sits fourth in the AL West, trailing the M’s by a half game and Anaheim sits second, a full three games ahead of the M’s.
An 8-2 or 7-3 mark over the next 10 games, will help Seattle assert itself in a strong, competitive AL West race.