Seattle at Oakland

Final 10th
W: K. Yabu (2-0) L: R. Villone (0-1)
HR: SEA - R. Sexson (6)   OAK - None

Kotsay's fifth hit lifts A's to 10-inning win

CBS wire reports

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Mark Kotsay's slump is over.

Kotsay matched his career high with five hits, including a game-winning single with two outs in the 10th inning to give the Oakland Athletics a 6-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

"I wasn't trying to do too much," Kotsay said. "I just wanted to stay inside the ball. That was a huge at-bat. We haven't scored a lot of runs lately."

Kotsay snapped out of a 1-for-22 slump with six hits in the past two games.

"Kotsay has been unbelievable all year," said A's outfielder Eric Byrnes, who made a diving catch in foul territory to end the fifth. "He's been the one guy who has kept this thing floating when nobody else has been showing up."

Raul Ibanez's RBI single in the ninth off Oakland closer Octavio Dotel sent the game to extra innings. It was Dotel's first blown save in six chances.

"We have the bases loaded in the eighth and ninth innings and only score one run," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. "That's a tough way to win a ballgame."

Keiichi Yabu (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win. Kotsay finished 5-for-6 and tied an Oakland record for hits.

With two outs and none on in the 10th, Ron Villone (0-1) walked Nick Swisher and Marco Scutaro. Kotsay followed with a single to center, scoring Swisher.

"You can't put two guys on like that because it will cost you every time," Villone said. "I started to rush one or two pitches."

It was the first earned run allowed by Villone in eight innings this season. Richie Sexson hit a two-run homer for the Mariners and Bret Boone stole home as part of a double steal.

Dotel entered with the bases loaded in the eighth and struck out Jeremy Reed and Adrian Beltre.

Kotsay had three hits off starter Jamie Moyer, raising his career average to .714 (10-for-14) against the left-hander.

On a day he received his best run support of the season, Oakland starter Joe Blanton still wasn't able to get his first major-league win. He departed with two outs in the fifth following a single by Ibanez.

"It was one of those days when I went to the mound without everything," Blanton said. "It was all I could do to get through it."

Blanton, who allowed five earned runs in his previous four starts combined, gave up four runs and eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

Moyer failed in his first try to become Seattle's winningest pitcher, lasting a season-low 3 2/3 innings. He gave up season highs for runs (five) and hits (10). He walked two and struck out one.

Randy Johnson and Moyer have each won 130 games with the Mariners. Moyer is four wins shy of 200 for his career.

The 42-year-old Moyer was a senior at Souderton Area High School in Pennsylvania when the 24-year-old Blanton was born in Nashville, Tenn., and had already won more than 100 major-league games by the time Blanton graduated from high school in 1999.

Eric Chavez ended Moyer's day with a double, his 13th RBI against the left-hander, his most against any pitcher.

The A's scored three runs in the first inning against Moyer, as many as he had allowed in any previous game. Bobby Kielty singled in two runs and Keith Ginter doubled home a run.

Erubiel Durazo singled to score another run in the third to make it 4-0.

Seattle cut the lead in half when Ibanez's grounder scored a run and Boone stole home as part of a double steal with Randy Winn.

Sexson hit his sixth home run over the right-field fence in the fifth to close the gap to 5-4.


  • Ichiro Suzuki has hit safely in 20 of his 24 games, including a major league-leading 14 multihit games.
  • The Mariners (12-12) finished April with their best month since going 13-12 in September 2003.
  • C Dan Wilson was the last Seattle player to steal home on Aug. 1, 1999, against Baltimore.
  • Chavez's double in the fourth was his 186th, tying him with Jose Canseco for 10th on Oakland's career list.
  • Moyer was 0-7 in 13 day starts last year.
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Mark Kotsay high-fives teammate Marco Scutaro after driving in the winning run in the 10th inning.  (AP)
Mark Kotsay high-fives teammate Marco Scutaro after driving in the winning run in the 10th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

M. Kotsay
AB 6
R 2
H 5
HR 0

B. Boone
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF6020013 .356
Jeremy Reed, CF5010114 .241
Adrian Beltre, 3B6120016 .258
Richie Sexson, 1B3212222 .253
    Willie Bloomquist, PR-1B1100001 .188
Bret Boone, 2B3130200 .275
Raul Ibanez, DH5022013 .294
Randy Winn, LF2010302 .262
Dan Wilson, C3000032 .125
   a- Greg Dobbs, PH1010000 .231
    Miguel Olivo, C1000003 .172
Wilson Valdez, SS5000008 .200
a-singled for Wilson in the 8th
2B - Bret Boone (4, Blanton)
HR - Richie Sexson (6, Blanton)
RBI - Richie Sexson 2 (19), Raul Ibanez 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Richie Sexson 2 (9)
SB - Jeremy Reed (1, 2nd base off Street/Kendall), Bret Boone (2, off Blanton/Kendall), Randy Winn (4, 2nd base off Blanton/Kendall)
Team LOB - 14
Seattle Mariners
Jamie Moyer 3.21055210 3.53
Julio Mateo 2.1200000 0.79
Shigetoshi Hasegawa 2.1000000 1.59
Ron Villone (L,0-1) 1.1111210 1.13
HBP - Byrnes (by Julio Mateo)
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 81-49, Julio Mateo 26-17, Shigetoshi Hasegawa 24-16, Ron Villone 31-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 3-6, Julio Mateo 1-6, Shigetoshi Hasegawa 2-5, Ron Villone 1-2
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 22, Julio Mateo 10, Shigetoshi Hasegawa 7, Ron Villone 7
Oakland Athletics
Mark Kotsay, CF6251000 .323
Eric Byrnes, LF4000004 .192
Jason Kendall, C5120002 .258
Eric Chavez, 3B5011003 .194
Bobby Kielty, RF5222004 .194
Keith Ginter, 2B3011100 .176
    Mark Ellis, 2B1000000 .279
Erubiel Durazo, DH5021011 .250
Nick Swisher, 1B4100111 .218
Marco Scutaro, SS3000202 .275
2B - Mark Kotsay (6, Moyer), Eric Chavez (5, Moyer), Keith Ginter (1, Moyer)
RBI - Mark Kotsay (13), Eric Chavez (9), Bobby Kielty 2 (8), Keith Ginter (5), Erubiel Durazo (9)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Kotsay (4), Eric Chavez (6), Bobby Kielty 2 (3), Keith Ginter (3)
Team LOB - 11
DP - Chavez-Ginter-Swisher, Scutaro-Ellis-Swisher
PB - Jason Kendall (2)
Oakland Athletics
Joe Blanton 4.2844331 2.67
Justin Duchscherer 2100030 0.57
Huston Street0000100 2.84
Ricardo Rincon (H,2) 0.1000010 4.50
Kiko Calero (H,1) 0.1200100 0.00
Octavio Dotel (BS,1) 1.2211220 1.80
Keiichi Yabu (W,2-0) 1000100 0.87
IBB - Winn by Octavio Dotel
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Blanton 105-64, Justin Duchscherer 27-19, Huston Street 6-2, Ricardo Rincon 3-3, Kiko Calero 16-4, Octavio Dotel 24-12, Keiichi Yabu 8-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Blanton 5-5, Kiko Calero 1-0, Octavio Dotel 1-2, Keiichi Yabu 1-1
Batters Faced - Joe Blanton 24, Justin Duchscherer 7, Huston Street 1, Ricardo Rincon 1, Kiko Calero 4, Octavio Dotel 9, Keiichi Yabu 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23288
Game Time - 3:42
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Angel A. Hernandez, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Charlie Reliford