Hisashi Iwakuma gave up three homers to the Texas Rangers in seven innings but earned his fifth win of the year in the Seattle Mariners' 7-5 victory on Friday.
Iwakuma (5-5) allowed all his runs to solo homers, first a game-tying blast from Ian Desmond in the third inning. Seattle scored four runs in the fourth and the right-hander had three perfect innings before surrendering two more shots in his final frame to Ryan Rua and Mitch Moreland.
Iwakuma, who took a loss against Texas on Sunday, allowed seven hits, struck out three and issued a walk in 93 pitches. Former SoftBank Hawk Lee Dae Ho went deep twice off Derek Holland (5-5), including a tie-breaking, three-run shot in the fourth, as Seattle went three games behind the American League East leader.
"I was up for it as I was facing the same team as last game and in a clash between leading teams," Iwakuma said. "I overstrained myself pushing a little too far because of that, but it was good I could keep us in the game."
"I'm thankful (to Lee) for hitting two homers."