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June 25, 2014

Mariners slug Red Sox

Eds: Mariners 8, Red Sox 2. Updates with details. With AP Photos.

SEATTLE (AP) — Kyle Seager had an RBI double in the first inning and hit a three-run homer in the fifth off Boston starter Jake Peavy as the Seattle Mariners won their fifth straight, 8-2 over the Red Sox on Tuesday night.

Despite a shaky performance from starter Erasmo Ramirez, the Mariners matched their longest winning streak of the season thanks to another offensive outburst. One night after putting up 12 runs on the Red Sox, Seattle hit two homers and handed Boston its fifth loss in six games.

Seager's homer was his 11th of the season, 10 of those coming at Safeco Field. Mike Zunino followed with a solo shot as part of Seattle's four-run fifth inning. It was Zunino's 10th home run.

Joe Beimel (2-1) got four outs in relief of Ramirez to get the victory. Ramirez again failed to get deep into the game and was done after 4 1-3 innings.

The victory was Seattle's 15th in June and secured consecutive winning months for the first time since 2012. The Mariners (42-36) are six games over .500 for the first time this season.

Seattle has mostly been winning with pitching but the bats have shown up against the Red Sox. Logan Morrison had the big blows in the series opener with two home runs. It was Seager's turn on Tuesday.

Seager's double in the first scored Endy Chavez and Morrison followed with a sacrifice fly for an early 2-0 lead. Chavez tripled for the second straight night in the second inning to score Brad Miller for a 3-0 lead.

It was Seager's turn again in the fifth. Robinson Cano's single with one out put runners on the corners and Seager turned on an inside pitch from Peavy just inside the right-field foul pole and off the windows of the cafe in the outfield. Seager was barely back in the dugout when Zunino lined his homer into the Mariners bullpen, nearly hitting reliever Danny Farquhar for a 7-2 lead.

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