Mariners, Athletics split doubleheader
Seattle had a nice win and a bad loss Monday at T-Mobile Park.
Rallying from five runs down, thanks to some home runs, the Mariners beat Oakland 6-5 in the first game of a doubleheader. But, Oakland came back to blast the Mariners 9-0 in the nightcap.
The games were played with wildfire smoke in the air, even with the roof closed at T-Mobile Park.
Luis Torrens and Jose Marmolejos hit solo homers and Kyle Lewis a two-run shot in the opener, all off Oakland starter Jesus Luzardo.
Still trailing 5-4, the Mariners scored twice in the sixth inning, as Tim Lopes had an RBI double and Lewis drew a bases-loaded walk.
Marco Gonzales gave up six hits and five runs while striking out seven and walking one in six innings for the win. He's 6-2 with a 3.49 ERA.
The Mariners (22-26) went with relievers in the second game, and American League West Division-leading Oakland (30-18) had 11 hits, including homers by Mark Canha and newly acquired Jake Lamb, who's from Seattle.
Acquired from Texas before the trade deadline, Oakland's Mike Minor went the distance — which means seven innings under 2020 doubleheader rules — and gave up only two hits. He struck out eight and walked two for his first win of the season.
The Seattle highlight in the second game was Lewis robbing a home run — a grand slam — off the bat of Ramon Laureano in the first inning.
Monday's games were the first two of a 10-game homestand. It's San Francisco next, although Tuesday's game had to be postponed because of air quality, The Athletic reports.
Instead, the teams will be play at San Francisco, 6:40 p.m. Wednesday and 1:10 p.m. Thursday.
The Mariners are then set to play San Diego and Houston in three-game series at T-Mobile Park.
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