A’s Sweep Mariners With 8-3 Win
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OAKLAND (AP) — David DeJesus and Ryan Sweeney each drove in two runs, Hideki Matsui doubled three times and the Oakland Athletics completed a three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners with an 8-3 victory Sunday.
Kurt Suzuki, Brandon Allen and Josh Willingham also drove in runs for the A’s, who won their third straight following a five-game losing streak.
Trevor Cahill (10-13) allowed a run and five hits over five innings to improve to 1-4 with a 6.46 ERA over his last seven starts. Andrew Bailey pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances.
Dustin Ackley hit a two-run homer and Ichiro Suzuki drove in a run for the Mariners, who have dropped four straight games. Luis Rodriguez added a two-run single.
Blake Beavan (3-5) pitched five innings for Seattle and was charged with four runs and seven hits. The rookie right-hander is 0-3 with a 6.44 ERA in his last five starts.
Mariners outfielder Casper Wells left with a bruised left elbow after getting hit by a pitch in the second inning. Franklin Gutierrez departed during his at-bat in the eighth inning, grabbing his left side after a swing and miss.
Cahill’s previous victory came on July 27 against Tampa Bay. He’s allowed 28 runs in 38 2-3 innings for a 6.52 ERA since holding the Rays scoreless over 7 1-3 innings.
Matsui is hitting .343 (62 for-181) since the All Star break. He hit .209 leading up to the break. The three doubles tied a single-game Oakland record.
Kurt Suzuki’s RBI single in the second gave the A’s the early edge. DeJesus added a sacrifice fly in the third and a run-scoring single in the fifth. Allen also drove in a run in the fifth.
Ichiro Suzuki hit an RBI single in the fifth for the Mariners’ first run. Ackley hit his sixth homer with two outs in the seventh.
The Athletics responded with four runs in the bottom half of the seventh. Sweeney hit a two-run triple and Willingham had a sacrifice fly.
NOTES: A’s OF Coco Crisp missed the game to recover from fouling a ball off his foot on Saturday. … Mariners RHP Dan Cortes is expected to make a rehab appearance with Triple-A Tacoma on Monday, then join the team at home later in the week. … A’s OF Michael Taylor was not in the starting lineup two days after manager Bob Melvin said he would be. “I put my foot in my mouth there,” Melvin said. “He’ll start against some left-handers. He’ll get a chance to play. He’s not here to sit.” … Mariners INF Brendan Ryan, who was on the disabled list in August with a left shoulder injury, got the day off. … Oakland raised $63,200 on A’s Breast Cancer Awareness Day. … LHP Anthony Vasquez starts for the Mariners when they open a series in Anaheim against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday. It will be his third major league start and his second against the Angels. … RHP Rich Harden starts Monday’s game for the A’s against the Kansas City Royals. He has 64 strikeouts since the All-Star Break, fifth in the AL. He is 2-0 in five home starts.
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