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Bats break out to help A's avoid being swept

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Bartolo Colon
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  • Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon throws against the Seattle Mariners in the fourth inning of their baseball game Sunday, June 16, 2013 in Oakland, Calif. Oakland won the game 10-2 and Colon got his sixth straight decision.

OAKLAND — The A's offense was in a deep sleep for two games against the Seattle Mariners on the heels of a grueling, 18-inning win over the New York Yankees on Thursday.

The A's scored a combined two runs Friday and Saturday, dropping back-to-back games, and they trailed 2-0 entering the bottom of the fourth inning Sunday against Seattle right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, who hadn't allowed an earned run in 31²⁄³ straight innings.

Seth Smith and Josh Reddick had RBI hits in the fourth as Oakland pulled even. The A's added two more runs in the fifth, four more in the seventh and two in the eighth in a 10-2 victory. They avoided being swept at home for the first time this season and prevented the Mariners from notching their first sweep of the year.

In case there were any doubts that the A's bats are once again wide awake, Josh Donaldson and Smith hit back-to-back solo home runs in the seventh, and Brandon Moss and Reddick crushed solo home runs in the eighth.

"It was good. We avoided a sweep for one, and [against] a guy who's been better than King Felix," Reddick said, referring to Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez. "We knew it wasn't going to be easy, but from what I saw, [Iwakuma] left a lot of pitches out over the plate, and we weren't missing them."

The A's pounded out 17 hits, and Reddick matched his career high with four hits — a home run, a triple and two singles.

Iwakuma (7-2) gave up four runs on eight hits in five innings as the A's decisively ended his five-game winning streak. His ERA rose from 1.79 to 2.06.

A's right-hander Bartolo Colon (9-2) survived a rough opening to win his sixth straight start, allowing two runs on eight hits over seven innings.

The A's extended their lead in the American League West to three full games over Texas. Oakland begins a four-game series against the Rangers at Arlington tonight.

NOTES: The showers and restrooms in both clubhouses at the aging Coliseum were flooded after the game, and players had to shower in the locker room that the Raiders use on game days during the NFL season. ... A's SS Jed Lowrie was out of the lineup, with A's manager Bob Melvin saying he wanted to give Lowrie a day off. "It's still kind of the effects of the 18-inning game," Melvin said.