A's pound Mariners
The Oakland A's pounded 13 hits and took advantage of four Mariners errors on Saturday to beat the Mariners 11-2 at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum.
But the big news for Mariners' fans on Saturday was the reported trade of Edwin Encarnacion, whose 21 home runs lead the American League, the New York Yankees. In return the Mariners reportedly will acquire 19-year-old right-handed pitching prospect Juan Then.
Seattle is 30-44. Oakland is 36-35.
The A's scored three in the first inning, all three run scored by players who walked against pitcher Gerson Bautista (0-1), who got only two outs before Wade LeBlanc took over.
LeBlanc was roughed up for six earned runs in 2 2/3 innings.
A five-run Oakland fifth inning broke open the game, with six hits and two Seattle errors fueling the big inning.
Oakland starting pitcher Frankie Montas struck out nine while improving to 9-2.
Shortstop and leadoff hitter Marcus Semien went 3 for 4, scored three runs and knocked in two for Oakland. Second baseman Jurickson Profar also was 3 for 4 and knocked in four runs.
For Seattle, Domingo Santana went 2 for 4 and Omar Narvaez and Dylan Moore each went 1 for 3 and scored a run.
The Mariners are 4-4 on the road trip that concludes with Sunday's 1 p.m. game at Oakland.
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