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    导出博客文章OAKLAND, Calif. -- Hisashi Iwakumas 15th win did much more than end his
    four-game losing streak that dated to mid-August.It also gave Seattle a
    much-needed lift to start its final West Coast road trip. More importantly, it
    helped keep the Mariners postseason hopes alive and inched manager Scott Servais
    team closer to the second AL wild card spot.Iwakuma pitched into the seventh
    inning to match his career high with the 15 wins, and the Mariners beat the
    Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Friday night.We all fight and play to play in the
    playoffs, Iwakuma said through an interpreter. As a starter I only pitch one
    game every five days so being that day today you want to go out and give it all
    you got. I was able to do that tonight.Nori Aoki and Mike Zunino homered and
    Nelson Cruz added an RBI double to help the Mariners move within 3 1/2 games of
    Baltimore and Detroit for the second wild card spot in the AL.Iwakuma (15-11)
    allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings to snap a four-game losing streak and become
    the third Japanese-born pitcher to have multiple 15-win seasons. Iwakuma, who
    also had 15 wins in 2014, struck out five and walked one.From the first inning
    he had all of his pitches working, Servais said. We got off to a pretty quick
    start and we kind of faded offensively so we certainly needed the pitching
    tonight. Everybody stepped up. It was nice to see.Aoki homered leading off the
    third, Zunino in the seventh.Oaklands Bruce Maxwell had three hits including an
    RBI double while rookie Joey Wendle singled twice. The loss eliminates the As
    (60-80) from playoff contention, the earliest thats happened since 1997.Its also
    the third time this season that Oakland has lost to Iwakuma.Just when you feel
    like you have a beat on him . he makes big pitches when he has to, As manager
    Bob Melvin said. He hasnt been perfect against us. Hes (allowed) a couple of
    runs, they score more than that and he ends up winning.Robinson Cano drew a
    two-out walk in the first and scored on Cruzs double following a 13-pitch at-bat
    with As starter Daniel Mengden. Cruz fell behind 0-2, worked the count full and
    fouled off six consecutive pitches before doubling off the wall in
    right-center.Aoki hit his second home run of the season and first since May 28
    on Mengdens first pitch in the third.Zunino homered off Daniel Coulombe leading
    off the seventh.The As scored in the fifth on Wendles RBI single then pulled
    within 3-2 when Maxwell doubled in Max Muncy in the seventh to chase Iwakuma.Dan
    Altavilla and Steve Cishek combined to retire four batters for Seattle. Edwin
    Diaz pitched the ninth for his 14th save.Mengden (1-7) got better as the game
    progressed but still lost and is winless since June 27. Mengden allowed two runs
    over five innings, walked two and struck out sixRARE COMPANYIwakuma joins Hideo
    Nomo and Daisuke Matsuzaka as the only Japanese-born pitchers with multiple
    15-win seasons. Nomo won 16 games three times for the Los Angeles Dodgers while
    Matsuzaka won 15 in 2007 and 18 in 2008, both times with Boston. Overall I had
    good life on my fastball, Iwakuma said. I was able to locate both my fastball
    and my breaking pitches so I think that helped me a lot.INTO THE BOOKSZunino
    became the ninth Mariner to reach double digits in home runs this season, tying
    a club record. Seattle had done it four times previously, most recently in
    2015.TRAINERS ROOMAthletics: Francisco Rodriguez underwent shoulder surgery
    earlier Friday and will be sidelined for at least four months. Rodriguez had a
    3.74 ERA in 34 games as a reliever for Oakland this season. ... LHP Sean Manaea,
    out since Aug. 29 with a back strain, will throw an extended bullpen Saturday
    before the team decides when hell start again.UP NEXTMariners: RHP Felix
    Hernandez (10-5) starts against the As on Saturday looking to continue his
    recent streak of strong outings since coming off the DL. Hernandez is 6-1 over
    his last 10 starts.Athletics: RHP Kendall Graveman (10-9) goes for Oakland
    seeking his first win in three starts against Seattle this season. Graveman has
    a 2.64 ERA at home that is the third-lowest in the AL.
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    the lineup, which includes former teammates Gary Roberts, Darcy Tucker, Tie Domi
    and Curtis Joseph. Pound-for-pound king Roman Chocolatito Gonzalez, who has won
    world titles in three weight classes, will go for a belt in his fourth in his
    next fight.Gonzalez, the reigning flyweight champion who has already won world
    titles at strawweight and junior flyweight, will move up to 115 pounds and
    challenge Carlos Cuadras for his junior bantamweight crown on Sept. 10 (HBO, 10
    p.m. ET/PT) at The Forum in Inglewood, California, K2 Promotions announced on
    Wednesday.Im very happy to challenge Carlos Cuadras for a world title in my
    fourth weight class, Gonzalez said. Its an honor to return to fight at The Forum
    in front of the great Los Angeles fight fans.The fight will be part of an HBO
    split-site telecast on which K2 stablemate and unified middleweight titleholder
    Gennady Golovkin will defend against welterweight titlist Kell Brook at the O2
    Arena in London in a previously announced bout that will air live in the
    afternoon in the United States. That night, HBO will have live coverage of
    Cuadras-Gonzalez along with a replay of Golovkin-Brook.Cuadras will be fighting
    in the United States for the second time but for the first time on television
    and he said he is looking forward to it.I am excited to fight in the United
    States for the first time on HBO and at the legendary Forum in front of the
    great boxing fans in California, Cuadras said. Roman Gonzalez is a great
    champion and I have a lot of respect for him. I will prepare myself to be in the
    best condition of my boxing career to defend my WBC belt.The 29-year-old
    Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KOs), the best fighter in Nicaraguas history other than his
    mentor, friend and former trainer, the late Hall of Famer Alexis Arguello, has
    struggled in recent fights to make the flyweight limit of 112 pounds. So after
    making four successful flyweight title defenses, including tremendous knockout
    performances against former world titleholders Brian Viloria and Edgar Sosa, he
    is headed up in weight to take on the formidable Cuadras (35-0-1, 27 Kos).If
    Gonzalez wins a title in a fourth weight class he will accomplish what Arguello
    failed to do. Arguello, who had won world titles at featherweight, junior
    lightweight and lighttweight, went for a title in a fourth weight class but got
    knocked out by fellow Hall of Famer Aaron Pryor in the 14th round of their
    legendary battle at the Orange Bowl in Miami in 1982.ddddddddddddrguello is such
    a legend that if Chocolatito can surpass what his idol tried to accomplish, it
    would be a huge statement for Roman and his career, K2 Promotions managing
    director Tom Loeffler said. When we were discussing potential opponents for
    Chocolatitos next fight, we went over a list of names and this fight seemed to
    be the biggest fight he could get right now. But I think (surpassing Arguello)
    played into his mind.If Gonzalez surpasses Arguellos feat, he will do so in an
    arena important to both of their careers. Gonzalez is 2-0 at The Forum, where he
    burst on the American scene by scoring a second-round knockout of Sosa in 2015.
    Arguello fought four of his world title bouts at The Forum, including in 1974
    when he knocked out fellow Hall of Famer Ruben Olivares in the 13th round to win
    the featherweight crown.Were very excited to bring Roman back to the Fabulous
    Forum in his first main event at the famed venue, Loeffler said. Roman has
    proven with each fight why he is considered to be the No.1 pound-for-pound
    fighter in the world.Challenging an undefeated champion in his fourth weight
    class will be a great test for Roman and this battle against Cuadras will
    provide the non-stop action fans have come to expect at his fights.?Cuadras, 27,
    of Mexico, won the belt by eighth-round technical decision from Thailands
    Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in May 2014 and has made six successful defenses. His
    first defense resulted in the lone blemish on his record, a fourth-round
    technical draw against Jose Salgado in a fight that ended when an accidental
    head clash cut Salgado and he was unable to continue.Cuadras is coming off an
    eighth-round knockout of longtime Filipino contender Richie Mepranum on April
    23, the same date as Gonzalezs lopsided decision win against McWilliams Arroyo
    in his last defense, which was also at The Forum. ' ' '