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Athletics take advantage of Mariners’ closer issues with pair of late HRs

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The Seattle Mariners are having closer problems.

Before Tuesday’s game against the Oakland Athletics, the M’s demoted their Opening Day bullpen ace, Edwin Diaz, in favor of Steve Cishek.

They might want to reconsider that decision after Cishek allowed a pair of home runs that allowed the A’s to turn a one-run deficit into a multi-run victory.

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Matt Joyce launched a two-run shot before Mark Canha hit another worth three runs and Oakland won, 9-6.

Ryon Healy was the first A’s hitter to leave the park. He did it in the second inning in the back-and-forth affair.

Starter Andrew Triggs was solid again, throwing six innings while allowing one run and striking out four.

The Oakland bullpen combined to surrender five runs. But the lineup ultimately picked up the four relievers who covered the final three frames.

After a series in Texas defined by bullpen struggles, it must’ve been satisfying for the A’s to win their next game in similar fashion.

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