Mariners win in 10th
After a dismal 2-8 trip, the Seattle Mariners took the Oakland Athletics to 10 innings to get a 6-5 victory in dramatic fashion and snap their four-game losing streak.
The long ball favored both teams Monday night before 12,520 fans at T-Mobile Park. Oakland and Seattle combined for seven home runs, with the Athletics hitting five solo bombs and the Mariners hitting two homers.
Seattle (21-23) stayed seven games behind Houston in the American League West while Oakland dropped to 8.5 games behind Houston and last in the division.
Both teams used four pitchers, with Brandon Brennan (2-2) getting the win and Joakim Soria (1-3) taking the loss.
Center fielder Mitch Haniger got things started quickly for the Mariners, hitting a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first. The Athletics struck back quickly thanks to a homer from left fielder Mark Canha to tie the score and start the second inning.
Seattle starter Yusei Kikuchi (2-1) struggled in the first inning, starting with two walks, but put together stellar consecutive innings, including retiring the side in the third and accumulating only 13 total pitches in the fourth and fifth inning.
Oakland played solid defense as well during that scratch. Starter Mike Fiers (3-3) allowed only the one solo home run in five innings and struck out four. Third baseman and AL Platinum Glove winner Matt Chapman had multiple diving catches leading to outs for the Athletics.
Oakland designated hitter Khris Davis went 2 for 4 and had two home runs. He ended the scoring drought with one in the sixth and added one in the eighth. Davis hadn't had a home run in 20 games before that.
Third baseman Matt Olson hit another solo home in the seventh to give the A's a 3-1 lead, with Kikuchi being pulled soon after for Correy Gearin. Kikuchi gave up five hits and three homers while striking out five.
Before Gearin could throw a pitch, however, umpires reviewed his pitching motion to see whether it was legal, specifically regarding his toe-tap. It was the first time the Mariners were made aware of this, Seattle manager Scott Searvin said. Gearin proceeded to notch two strikeouts and give up two hits in his lone inning, ditching the illegal toe-tap.
The eighth inning had plenty of offense. Davis hit his second home run, and Seattle designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach knocked a three-run homer to tie the game at 4-4 after eight innings.
In the ninth, the Athletics came close to breaking the tie by loading the bases, but they couldn't score. Oakland reliever Joakim Soria then struck out three batters to take the game to extras.
Athletics center fielder Ramon Laureano hit the fifth solo home run of the game for Oakland with two out in the 10th to take lead.
It didn't last long. The Mariners answered with an RBI double from left fielder Domingo Santana followed by the clinching RBI single from catcher Omar Narvaez.
The second and final game of the series is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, with Seattle starting Mike Leake (2-4, 4.37) and Oakland going with Brett Anderson (4-2, 4.19).