The center fielder caught a game-ending line drive and had two doubles during a series-clinching victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

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Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma might have been worried about the fate of Gerardo Parra’s two-out line drive, but center fielder Austin Jackson had it covered the whole way.

“When it went up in the air, in that situation, in any situation, that ball doesn’t touch the ground,” Jackson said afterward.

Jackson camped under the ball with time to spare, squeezed it tightly then ran toward the mound to join the mob celebrating the fifth no-hitter in Mariners history.

Jackson’s glove work and its role in Iwakuma’s accomplishment soaked up all the postgame attention not paid to the hurler himself. Yet Jackson’s bat also played a role in Wednesday’s win, as well as the series victory that has the Mariners making sideways glances at the American League wild-card standings.

Hisashi Iwakuma's no-hitter

Jackson went 2 for 3 on Wednesday with a pair of doubles and a run scored. He smashed Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman’s pitch off the left-center-field wall in the second and led off the fourth with another sharp line drive to the gap.

“Just not trying to do too much,” Jackson said of his strategy at the plate. “Watching film, (Gausman) throws hard. He has good velocity on the fastball, and you don’t want to do too much. You want him to supply the power. I was able to stay short and mechanically sound and get the barrel there.”

Jackson played a leading role in Tuesday night’s extra-inning victory over the Orioles as well, driving in Logan Morrison with the winning run on a single off reliever T.J. McFarland in the 10th inning.

Even with the past two games factored in, Jackson is hitting just .209 in August and .255 since the All-Star break. But he senses a Mariners offense coming out of a prolonged slumber, gathering tentative momentum for the stretch run.

The Mariners have hit 38 home runs in 26 games since the break, second-most in the major leagues to Toronto. Entering Wednesday’s series finale, their second-half batting average of .263 ranked fourth in the AL, and their 4.60 runs per game ranked fifth.

“We’re just feeding off each other, honestly,” Jackson said. “Any time the guy in front of you is up there having a good at-bat, no matter the result, you want to go up there and do the same thing. That’s what you been seeing the last couple of weeks, the guys feeding off each other.”

Jackson and others in the Mariners clubhouse stressed that their third consecutive series win could carry over to their road trip that begins Friday at Boston, and that Iwakuma’s no-hitter could be the spark that lights a fire.

The Mariners are 54-61. Entering Thursday they were six games out of the second AL wild-card spot.

“(We) not only end the homestand on a high note,” third baseman Kyle Seager said Wednesday, “we won both series at home. You can build off this.”