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Mariners finish first half of season a game over the .500 mark

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SEATTLE, WA - MAY 25: Adam Lind #26 of the Seattle Mariners hits a three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics in the third inning at Safeco Field on May 25, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Robinson Cano and Adam Lind homered in a five-run seventh inning and the Seattle Mariners held off the Kansas City Royals 8-5 on Sunday.

Cano’s two-run shot to deep right field for his 21st home run of the season extended the Mariners‘ lead to 5-0. Lind hit a three-run shot, his 13th, a few batters later.

The Mariners scored five runs over the final three innings, pulling within three on Alex Gordon’s homer leading off the ninth.

Mike Montgomery (3-3) pitched 6 1/3 strong innings, giving up one run and five hits, in his first start of the season.

Dillion Gee (3-3) struggled early and picked up the loss for the Royals, giving up three runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings.