(SportsNetwork.com) - Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir goes after his third straight win on Sunday when the Athletics wrap up a four-game series with the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.
After making just one start the previous two seasons, Kazmir resurrected his career with the Cleveland Indians in 2013 and went 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA over 29 starts. He also struck out 162 batters over 158 innings, earning himself a 2-year, $32 million deal with the A's.
Kazmir has picked up right where he left off a year ago and is 2-0 through his first two starts, while pitching to a 2.03 ERA. His latest win came on Monday in Minnesota, as he held the Twins to a three runs and six hits in six innings.
"I wasn't as sharp as I'd like to be, to say the least," said Kazmir. "It wasn't pretty out there. But I got to the third inning and was just trying to get as many quick outs as I could to get as deep as I possibly could."
In 11 starts versus the Mariners Kazmir has posted a 4-3 mark to go along with a 3.41 ERA.
Seattle, meanwhile, will counter with lefty Chris Young, who will be making his first start since 2012. Young, though, has pitched two scoreless innings of relief against the A's for the Mariners this season.
After making the All-Star team in 2007 with the San Diego Padres, Young has failed to make more than 20 starts or avoid the disabled list in each season since and hasn't started in a big league game since 2012 when he made 20 starts for the New York Mets.
He spent 2013 pitching for Triple-A Syracuse in the Nationals' farm system, going 1-2 with a 6.81 ERA before undergoing surgery to repair thoracic outlet syndrome on June 11.
The 34-year-old hurler has only made four starts against the A's, but is 2-1 with a 3.04 ERA.
On Saturday, Sonny Gray struck out nine in seven innings to lead Oakland to a 3-1 win. Josh Donaldson had a two-run homer, Coco Crisp scored twice and John Jaso had a pair of singles for the A's, winners in five of six.
Gray (2-0) tossed 102 pitches, yielding just a run on five hits before giving way to the bullpen. Sean Doolittle retired all four batters he faced and Luke Gregerson finished it off for his first save of the season.
"I definitely felt good tonight and was able to make a lot of pitches," said Gray.
Erasmo Ramirez (1-2) went five innings, allowing all three runs on six hits for Seattle, which got an RBI groundout in the first inning from Robinson Cano but went 0-of-10 with runners in scoring position as a team.
"He (Ramirez) just did not have command," said Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon. "I didn't see command of the fastball or the secondary pitches. It was a tough night for him right from the start."
Seattle was 11-8 versus the A's last season.