Mlb: Iwakuma Gives Up 3 Homers But Picks Up Win Against Rangers


MLB: Iwakuma gives up 3 homers but picks up win against RangersHisashi 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."