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Seattle Mariners' James Jones beats the throw to San Diego Padres short stop Everth Cabrera to steal 2nd base in the 1st inning on Monday, June 16, 2014, in Seattle. (Mark Harrison/Seattle Times/MCT)

Seager's early blast leads Mariners to win over Padres

SEATTLE -- It was a simple, get-it-over fastball on a 3-0 count in the first inning. Given the green light, Kyle Seager got the ball well over the right-field wall.

Seager's early three-run home run proved to be plenty of support for veteran Chris Young, who threw six shutout innings in the Seattle Mariners' 5-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday night before 17,512 at Safeco Field.

It was the team-leading 10th homer of the season for Seager, nine of which have come at Safeco. Seager also has a team-best 45 RBI.

Brad Miller had a solo homer off Padres starter Tyson Ross in the second inning, his fifth of the season.

Robinson Cano added an opposite-field double in the second inning, scoring James Jones from second base and pushing the Mariners' lead to 5-0.

That was all the scoring on the night for Seattle, and all Young would need.

The 6-foot-10 right-hander allowed just four singles in six innings against his old club. He struck out six and walked one on 88 pitches.

Young pitched for San Diego for five seasons, earning an All-Star bid in 2007. Monday was his first start against the Padres, completing a major-league cycle of sorts: San Diego was the only MLB team that Young hadn't pitched against in his career.

Young improved to 6-4 on the season and lowered his ERA to 3.40. He is 3-1 with a 2.23 ERA in seven starts at Safeco this season.

The Mariners (36-34) have won two consecutive after snapping a five-game losing streak on Sunday against Texas.

Ross (6-6) took the loss for San Diego after allowing five earned runs on seven hits. He walked a career-high seven, hit one batter and had one wild pitch.

NOTES

-- Seager became the first Mariner to homer on a 3-0 pitch since John Jaso on Aug. 10, 2012 at the Angels (off Ervin Santana).

-- James Jones stole three bases in the first two innings, the first Mariner with three steals in a game since Ichiro on Aug. 4, 2010 vs. Texas (when Ichiro had four stolen bases).

-- Seattle starters have posted a 0.66 ERA (two earned runs over 27.1 innings) with 22 strikeouts over the last four games.

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