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Seattle polishes off three-game sweep of Angels, now prepares for slew of games against AL East powerhourses

HANIGERThe Seattle Mariners have won 20 of the past 25 games, have reached 20 games over .500 (44-24) and sit atop the American League West Division.

But, things might get a little tougher in the next two weeks.

The Mariners face Boston in a four-game series at Safeco Field, starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, with Felix Hernandez (6-5) pitching opposite David Price (7-4).

Then, Seattle goes on the road three games at New York, three at Boston and four at Baltimore.

The Red Sox (47-22) lead the Yankees by a game in the AL East

Seattle beat the Los Angeles Angels, completing a three-game sweep Wednesday, when Mitch Haniger hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning for an 8-6 win at Safeco Field.

The Mariners rallied from 6-4 down. Jean Segura hit a seventh-inning RBI double and Ryon Healy hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to set up the dramatic ninth.

Haniger's homer off Oliver Drake was the Mariners' 10th in the three-game series. Nelson Cruz also homered Wednesday.

Seattle led 4-1 early, before the Angels (37-32) rallied. Chris Young and Nick Fontana hit home runs.

The teams combined for 17 home runs in the three-game series.

Segura and Healy had three hits each.

As well as Seattle is playing, Houston is right behind the Mariners in the standings, sporting a seven-game winning streak. The Astros beat Oakland, 13-5, on Wednesday to improve to 44-25, a half-game back of the M's.

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