Seattle makes it close, but lose 7-6 at Oakland
Seattle made it interesting, thanks to Oakland reliever Jeurys Familia, but they couldn't quite overcome a big deficit as the Athletics won the first game of the key series between American League West Division foes, 7-6, Monday at Oakland Coliseum.
The Mariners (69-51), who had just swept four games from first-place Houston, fell behind 7-1, but pecked away at the deficit. They scored two runs in the eighth inning on RBI singles by Jean Segura and Nelson Cruz.
In the ninth, Familia took over and promptly walked three batters to load the bases.
Closer Blake Treinen entered the game and, with one out, uncorked a wild pitch, making it 7-4. Mitch Haniger followed with a two-run single, making it 7-6.
Treinen struck out Cameron Maybin. Segura reached on an infield single, his fourth hit, moving Haniger to second base and allowing Cruz to hit with the tying run in scoring position.
But, Treinen struck out Cruz.
The Athletics (71-48) built a lead against Seattle starter Marco Gonzales and reliever Casey Lawrence with 11 hits and seven runs.
Matt Chapman went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Jed Lowrie, who's from Salem, went 3 for 5 with four RBIs and a run scored.
Oakland starter Sean Manaea was replaced after throwing only 89 pitches and pitching 7 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and two runs.
Haniger continued to excel in the leadoff position, going 3 for 5. Segura almost had five hits, but Chapman dove to stop his grounder and throw him out at first.
The big series continues at 7 p.m. Tuesday with James Paxton (10-5) pitching opposite Mike Fiers (7-6). It also marks the return of Robinson Cano to the lineup — he'll likely play second base with Dee Gordon (shoulder) injured and out. Cano hasn't played since May 13, having been injured (hand) and then suspended for 80 games for violating baseball's drug policy.