Robinson Cano, Leonys Martin and Kyle Seager all hit home runs as Mariners earn 8-2 victory and clinch sixth consecutive series.

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OAKLAND, Calif. — The Mariners returned to the top of the American League West standings, clinched their sixth straight series win and improved to 15-11, the first time they have been four games over .500 since the last day of the 2014 season on Tuesday night.

And they did it by beating up on one of the best pitchers in all of baseball — A’s ace Sonny Gray — in an 8-2 drubbing in front of a sparse crowd at the Oakland Coliseum.

With the Rangers losing to the Blue Jays — on, of all things, a walkoff hit by former Mariner Justin Smoak — Seattle retook the lead in the AL West. The Mariners are 13-5 since their losing their first five home games.

“We’re playing good ball,” manager Scott Servais said. “The team is feeling it, confidence is rising.”

To do it all against Gray is a notable accomplishment.

Gray had struggled in his previous outing in Detroit, not making it out of the third inning and giving up four runs on two hits with four walks and two strikeouts. Still, in nine career starts against the Mariners, he had posted a 4-1 record with a 2.14 ERA.

But Seattle roughed him up for seven earned runs on 11 hits — both career highs.

“Those are few and far between,” said third baseman Kyle Seager. “I think anybody coming in here today and seeing him vs. (Hisashi Iwakuma) figured that runs would be a premium and that we would have to grind.”

The Mariners took the early lead via the long ball. Coming into the game, Gray had allowed only three homers all season.

In the third inning, after a one-out single from Steve Clevenger, Gray hung a 0-1 curveball to Martin. And while the Mariners’ center fielder is batting below .200, he has shown some pop in the bat. Martin took advantage, hitting a towering fly ball that carried over the wall in right field for his fifth homer of the season and a 2-0 lead.

“Sonny is a tough, tough pitcher and he made a mistake and Leonys jumped on it,” Servais said. “It was great to get us going.”

In the fourth, Robinson Cano jumped on the first pitch of the inning — a belt-high changeup — that he drove over the wall in left-center for his ninth homer of the season, tied for the AL lead, to make it 3-0.

“This is a team that’s going to take advantage if you throw the ball over the plate and score some runs,” Cano said.

Given a 3-0 lead that would only grow in later innings, Iwakuma cruised to his first win of the season, pitching seven innings and allowing one run on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

“I think I had a lot of life on the fastball, especially very low in the zone that was very effective,” Iwakuma said through interpreter Antony Suzuki. “I was able to get strike one early and that worked out well for me.”

Iwakuma’s lone run allowed came in the sixth inning. Billy Burns led off with a single and promptly stole second base. Jed Lowrie scored him with a single to right-center after a prolonged at-bat.

But the A’s would get no more thanks to an unreal play by shortstop Ketel Marte

With one out, Marte made a difficult sliding/diving grab on Khris Davis’ hard ground ball up the middle. As he hopped to his feet he was falling away from second base where he needed to throw the ball. So Marte quickly flipped the ball back toward second in a reverse underhand motion. The ball went near Cano, who was on the bag. He turned and fired to first to complete the double play. Davis was stunned by Marte’s play and he hadn’t sprinted to first, making the double play that much easier.

“That was awesome, just a huge play in the game,” Servais said.

Marte has been stellar defensively in the series, but that play was his best.

“I was in a good position,” Marte said. “It’s part of the game. I don’t know how I throw the ball like that. I was just trying to get it over to Robby.”

So he doesn’t practice that?

“No, never,” he said laughing.

Marte led off the following inning with a single to right. He moved up to second on a wild pitch, tagged and advanced to third on Clevenger’s fly ball to center and then scored on Norichika Aoki’s two-out infield single that Marcus Semien gloved behind second base with a diving stop, but couldn’t make a throw on.

The Mariners continued to pour it on, turning the game into a rout.

In the eighth inning, Cano hit a laser of a double into the gap in left-center, Nelson Cruz singled and Adam Lind hit a blooper into left field that three uncommunicating A’s players allowed to drop in the middle of them for a run to make it 5-1. That folly of fielding ended Gray’s night. A’s manager Bob Melvin brought in lefty Marc Rzepczynski to face Seager. The move didn’t work. Seager hammered a 2-2 sinker over the wall for a three-run homer to make it 8-1 and turn the game into a laugher.

“I’ve faced him a few times,” Seager said. “Big sink and a good slider, he’s pretty tough.”