OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Marco Gonzales pitched six uneven innings and gained his eighth straight decision, and the Seattle Mariners beat Oakland 5-2 on Tuesday evening, moving into a tie with the Athletics in a matchup of wild-card contenders.
J.P. Crawford hit a dwelling traipse in the ninth inning and finished with three hits. Kyle Seager hit two doubles, and Dylan Moore added a two-traipse triple as Seattle gained its 2d straight against the A’s.
Both teams are three games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the chase for the 2d AL wild card. Toronto beat Tampa Bay earlier Tuesday.
“Marco used to be on top of it,” Mariners manager Scott Servais acknowledged. “We came in right here if truth be told thinking we wanted to win this sequence (and) believed it. We fetch the first two, we’re in an sincere predicament. Sadly didn’t accumulate hundreds of ground. We need lend a hand.”
Matt Olson hit his profession-high 37th dwelling traipse for the A’s. It used to be the 21st off left-handed pitching, potentially the most in a season by a left-handed hitter since Barry Bonds had 21 in 2002.
Starling Marte also related for Oakland. The A’s own misplaced two straight after winning five in a row.
“It goes with out saying that it’s time to hasten,” Olson acknowledged. “Three games out, 11 games to hasten, if truth be told now not hundreds to lose. We own to exit there and relax and play our sport and scrutinize what happens at the finish.”
Gonzales (9-5) allowed four hits and two runs, with three strikeouts and remained unbeaten since July 3. The Seattle lefty gave up each of the A’s dwelling runs, nevertheless pitched out of a two-on, two-out jam in the fourth and retired the final seven batters he confronted.
“We’re now not insecure of someone and we’re now not insecure of playing shut games. That’s an sincere combination, severely this time of year,” acknowledged Gonzales, who used to be 1-5 prior to turning his season around. “I had self belief that if I will also stick to my routine and sustain putting in the work that the outcomes would come.”
Casey Sadler and Paul Sewald retired three batters apiece. Drew Steckenrider labored the ninth for his 10th set up.
Olson’s 416-foot dwelling traipse to correct in the first inning gave the A’s the lead. The Mariners tied it on an errant pickoff are attempting to first by Oakland starter Paul Blackburn (1-3) in the 2d.
Jared Kelenic tripled leading off the fourth and used to be peaceable at third after two strikeouts prior to Jake Fraley walked and Moore tripled off the wall in left-center. J.P. Crawford’s single made it 4-1.
Marte homered leading off the bottom of the inning.
Blackburn allowed four runs – three earned – and 6 hits in four innings.
“It’s kind of flipped inspire where we’re getting at the least if truth be told sincere bullpen efforts and never getting the offense,” A’s manager Bob Melvin acknowledged. “We sincere own to time it up correct. There’s now not a option of time left, nevertheless there’s peaceable time to finish it.”
The A’s optioned RHP Miguel Romero to Triple-A Las Vegas to construct room on the 28-man roster for RHP Michael Feliz, who used to be claimed off waivers from the Pink Sox on Monday.
Athletics: Melvin introduced that Chris Bassitt will come off the injured list and begin Thursday’s sequence finale, five weeks after the ideally suited-hander used to be hit in the pinnacle by a 100 mph line force. Bassitt underwent surgical treatment in the days after getting hit on Aug. 17, and made a mighty sooner-than-anticipated restoration. “Right here’s something that he’s been trying to fetch inspire to doing from the very beginning,” Melvin acknowledged. “To me it’s kind of miraculous, nevertheless considering it’s Chris Bassitt, now not so mighty.”
Mariners RHP Chris Flexen (12-6, 3.66 ERA) makes his 29th begin of the season. Flexen is 6-1 in 13 begins on the avenue. Athletics Cole Irvin (10-13, 3.94) has misplaced all three begins against Seattle this season. Every time he has failed to construct it by the fifth.
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