OAKLAND (AP) — Marco Gonzales pitched six uneven innings and won his eighth straight decision, and the Seattle Mariners beat Oakland 5-2 on Tuesday night, moving into a tie with the Athletics in a matchup of wild-card contenders.
J.P. Crawford hit a home run in the ninth inning and finished with three hits. Kyle Seager hit two doubles, and Dylan Moore added a two-run triple as Seattle won its second straight against the A’s.READ MORE: Oakland Police Seize Flamethrower, Drugs, Cash In Illegal Casino Bust
Both teams are three games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the chase for the second AL wild card. Toronto beat Tampa Bay earlier Tuesday.
Matt Olson hit his career-high 37th home run for the A’s. It was the 21st off left-handed pitching, the most in a season by a left-handed hitter since Barry Bonds had 21 in 2002.
Starling Marte also connected for Oakland. The A’s have lost two straight after winning five in a row.
Gonzales (9-5) allowed four hits and two runs, with three strikeouts and remained unbeaten since July 3. The Seattle lefty gave up both of the A’s home runs, but pitched out of a two-on, two-out jam in the fourth and retired the final seven batters he faced.
Casey Sadler and Paul Sewald retired three batters apiece. Drew Steckenrider worked the ninth for his 10th save.
Olson’s 416-foot home run to right in the first inning gave the A’s the lead. The Mariners tied it on an errant pickoff attempt to first by Oakland starter Paul Blackburn (1-3) in the second.
Jared Kelenic tripled leading off the fourth and was still at third after two strikeouts before Jake Fraley walked and Moore tripled off the wall in left-center. J.P. Crawford’s single made it 4-1.READ MORE: Man Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison For Horrific Box Cutter Attack on Elderly Victim in Concord
Marte homered leading off the bottom of the inning.
Blackburn allowed four runs – three earned – and six hits in four innings.
The A’s optioned RHP Miguel Romero to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the 28-man roster for RHP Michael Feliz, who was claimed off waivers from the Red Sox on Monday.
Athletics: Manager Bob Melvin announced that Chris Bassitt will come off the injured list and start Thursday’s series finale, five weeks after the right-hander was hit in the head by a 100 mph line drive. Bassitt underwent surgery in the days after getting hit on Aug. 17, and made a much quicker-than-expected recovery. “This is something that he’s been trying to get back to doing from the very beginning,” Melvin said. “To me it’s kind of miraculous, but considering it’s Chris Bassitt, not so much.”
Mariners RHP Chris Flexen (12-6, 3.66 ERA) makes his 29th start of the season. Flexen is 6-1 in 13 starts on the road. Athletics Cole Irvin (10-13, 3.94) has lost all three starts against Seattle this season. Each time he has failed to make it through the fifth.MORE NEWS: Mudslide Blocks Highway 128 Near Lake Berryessa
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