Nelson Cruz hits two homers as Mariners sweep A’s to move three games over .500

For the first time this season, the Mariners are three games over .500 at 59-56 with Wednesday’s 6-3 win over the Athletics.

OAKLAND, Calif. — There have been times during the season it seemed like getting to this point would be an impossibility. And other times when it appeared they were on the verge of getting there, only to be smacked in the face by their own failures and inconsistency.

But for the first time this season, the Seattle Mariners are three games over .500 at 59-56 with Wednesday’s 6-3 win over the Athletics, thanks to two homers from Nelson Cruz and another from Kyle Seager, completing a two-game series sweep.

Wait, three games over .500?

That’s not exactly a Dodgers or Astros-level accomplishment.

But, hey, it’s small victories in the hopes of a larger overall achievement for Seattle. It’s a start to where the Mariners want to go.

“They’ve brought it every day,” manager Scott Servais said. “We’ve talked about bringing it when we started on this trip, knowing that have so many games ahead of us in August, embrace it, go after it. Our team has really come together nice.”

Seattle now returns to Safeco Field to open a seven-game homestand. Those seven games will be the only ones played at home in August, starting with Edgar Martinez jersey retirement weekend.

“It’s a great honor to have Edgar’s number retired and our fans will be very fired up,” Servais said. “But we’ve given them more than just the retirement to be fired up about. We’re in a good spot. We’ve battled our tails off all year to get this opportunity. The last 45 to 50 games are going to be pretty exciting for Mariners’ fans. I’m looking forward to it.”

For a long stretch, the goal was just getting to .500 after such a poor start to the season, which happened on May 10 at 17-17. And after trying and failing to get over .500 multiple times, they accomplished that June 22 at 38-37. Twice prior, they’ve been two games over .500 with the chance to push it to three and failed until now. It’s been a process. But can that process be trusted to find more success given the current state of their starting pitching?

The win over the A’s offered a sign/reminder of how the Mariners have to win games when James Paxton isn’t starting that game — lots of runs scored.

Starter Yovani Gallardo wasn’t good, but he wasn’t terrible. He was just kind of what he’s been much of the season —…

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