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A's spoil Cano's return, 1 back in West

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Another solid outing from Mike Fiers and Jed Lowrie's 100th career home run helped the surging Oakland Athletics move a step closer to first place in the AL West.

The Seattle Mariners, who were eight games ahead of Oakland six weeks weeks ago, are just trying to stick around in the wild-card race, a task that got a little tougher following an injury to ace James Paxton's pitching arm.

Jed Lowrie hit a two-run homer after his line drive knocked Paxton out of the game in the first inning, and Oakland beat Seattle 3-2 on Tuesday night to move within one game of the slumping Houston Astros.

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Rank Name W
1t C. Kluber, Cle15
1t R. Porcello, Bos15
1t L. Severino, NYY15
4 C. Carrasco, Cle14
5t J. Happ, NYY13
5t B. Snell, TB13
7t T. Bauer, Cle12
7t M. Gonzales, Sea12
7t C. Morton, Hou12
7t D. Price, Bos12
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NL Wins
Rank Name W
1 M. Scherzer, Was15
2t Z. Godley, Ari13
2t A. Nola, Phi13
4t J. Chacín, Mil12
4t Z. Greinke, Ari12
4t J. Lester, ChC12
4t M. Mikolas, StL12
8t P. Corbin, Ari10
8t M. Foltynewicz, Atl10
8t K. Freeland, Col10
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