SEATTLE -- Bobby Kielty hit an RBI double in the 10th inning, Dan Johnson had a tying triple in the ninth and the AL West champion Oakland Athletics rallied past the Seattle Mariners 7-6 Wednesday night.
One day after the A's clinched their first division title since 2003, left-hander Barry Zito had his scheduled start Wednesday pushed back to Thursday night against the Los Angeles Angels.
That sets him up to potentially start Game 1 of the playoffs on normal rest, although manager Ken Macha wouldn't divulge his pitchers for the first two games.
Oakland won the season series with Seattle 17-2, the most wins the Athletics have ever had against one opponent in a year. They won 16 games against the Chicago White Sox in 1970.
After a wild celebration Tuesday night, the Athletics sent out a lineup Wednesday that hardly resembled their regular unit. Only Kielty, Nick Swisher and Marco Scutaro started both games.
Hiram Bocachica led off the 10th with a single against George Sherrill (2-4) and went to second on Scutaro's sacrifice bunt. Kielty followed with a double over Ichiro Suzuki's head in center to make it 7-6.
Jay Witasick (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth for the win and Huston Street got three outs for his 37th save in 47 chances.
With the A's trailing by two in the ninth, Kielty and Swisher singled off J.J. Putz before Johnson's two-run triple tied it at 6.
But after Adam Melhuse struck out and D'Angelo Jimenez was intentionally walked, Mariners shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt threw out Johnson at the plate on Jeremy Brown's grounder. Antonio Perez then struck out to end the inning.
It was Putz's seventh blown save in 41 opportunities.
Ichiro Suzuki had two hits, an RBI and a run scored in his return to Seattle's lineup after sitting out Tuesday night - snapping a streak of 396 consecutive games played. He was hit in the shoulder by a pickoff attempt Monday night.
Mariners starter Gil Meche allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. The right-hander walked five and struck out seven.
Jason Windsor made his first major league start in place of Zito, allowing five runs and seven hits in five innings.
Oakland had a 1-0 lead after Meche had thrown seven pitches. Scutaro's double scored Bocachica in the first, and Swisher doubled home Scutaro.
Perez, the No. 9 hitter, tripled in the second to score Jimenez and put Oakland up 3-0.
Adrian Beltre's sacrifice fly in the third scored Suzuki, who reached on his eighth triple of the season. It was Suzuki's 49th career triple, breaking Harold Reynolds' club mark.
Richie Sexson doubled home Raul Ibanez in the fourth to make it 3-2. Sexson, who advanced to third on Ben Broussard's single, scored on Jose Lopez's infield hit to tie it.
Betancourt's RBI groundout scored Broussard to give Seattle a 4-3 lead. Suzuki's single drove in Lopez for a 5-3 edge.
Melhuse's RBI single off Joel Pineiro in the seventh scored Kielty to make it 5-4.
Betancourt added an RBI double in the eighth.
Seattle C Kenji Johjima also returned to the lineup after missing Tuesday's game due to back spasms. A foul tip off Melhuse's bat in the seventh hit Johjima's throwing hand, brining trainer Rick Griffin out. ... Beltre's season-high 16-game hitting streak was snapped. He was 0-for-4. ... The A's improved to 8-4 in extra innings. Seattle is 8-8.
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|Hiram Bocachica, CF||5||2||2||0||1||0||3||.400|
|Marco Scutaro, 2B||3||1||1||1||2||1||1||.262|
|Bobby Kielty, RF||5||2||2||1||1||1||5||.273|
|Nick Swisher, LF||4||1||2||1||2||1||1||.256|
|Dan Johnson, 1B||6||0||2||2||0||1||2||.237|
|Adam Melhuse, C||6||0||2||1||0||2||6||.233|
|D'Angelo Jimenez, SS||3||1||0||0||2||3||4||.194|
|Jeremy Brown, DH||4||0||0||0||1||1||3||.000|
|Antonio Perez, 3B||4||0||1||1||1||1||2||.105|
|2B - Marco Scutaro (21, Meche), Bobby Kielty (20, Sherrill), Nick Swisher (24, Meche), Adam Melhuse (8, Meche)|
|3B - Dan Johnson (1, Putz), Antonio Perez (1, Meche)|
|SH - Marco Scutaro (3)|
|RBI - Marco Scutaro (41), Bobby Kielty (36), Nick Swisher (92), Dan Johnson 2 (36), Adam Melhuse (17), Antonio Perez (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adam Melhuse (13)|
|Team LOB - 14|
|DP - Perez-Scutaro-Johnson|
|Jay Witasick (W,1-0)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||6.97|
|Huston Street (S,37)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||3.23|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Windsor 81-47, Brad Halsey 33-21, Kiko Calero 4-2, Ron Flores 15-10, Jay Witasick 13-10, Huston Street 11-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Windsor 6-7, Brad Halsey 2-2, Kiko Calero 1-0, Jay Witasick 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jason Windsor 23, Brad Halsey 8, Kiko Calero 1, Ron Flores 5, Jay Witasick 3, Huston Street 3|
|Ichiro Suzuki, CF||4||1||2||1||1||1||1||.321|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||4||0||0||1||0||1||2||.266|
|Kenji Johjima, C||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||.291|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||1||2||0||1||1||1||.291|
|Richie Sexson, 1B||5||1||2||1||0||1||3||.262|
|Ben Broussard, DH||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.288|
|a- Eduardo Perez, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.254|
|b- Greg Dobbs, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.370|
|Jose Lopez, 2B||5||2||2||1||0||2||1||.285|
|Chris Snelling, RF||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||.270|
|T.J. Bohn, RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.143|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||4||0||1||2||0||0||1||.290|
|a-popped out for Broussard in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Perez in the 10th|
|2B - Richie Sexson 2 (38, Windsor, Windsor), Jose Lopez (28, Flores), Yuniesky Betancourt (27, Flores)|
|3B - Ichiro Suzuki (8, Windsor)|
|SF - Adrian Beltre (2)|
|SH - Chris Snelling (5)|
|RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (48), Adrian Beltre (82), Richie Sexson (105), Jose Lopez (79), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (47)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (23), Yuniesky Betancourt (16)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Betancourt-J. Lopez-Sexson|
|E - Adrian Beltre (15, Throwing(Ground rule))|
|Joel Pineiro (H,3)||1||1||1||1||1||2||0||6.43|
|Jon Huber (H,5)||1||0||0||0||2||0||0||1.42|
|J.J. Putz (BS,7)||1||3||2||2||1||2||0||2.36|
|George Sherrill (L,2-4)||1||2||1||1||1||0||0||4.28|
|IBB - Jimenez by J.J. Putz, Swisher by George Sherrill|
|Pitches-Strikes - Gil Meche 125-74, Joel Pineiro 25-13, Jon Huber 16-7, J.J. Putz 23-15, George Sherrill 24-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gil Meche 5-6, Joel Pineiro 1-0, Jon Huber 1-1, J.J. Putz 1-0, George Sherrill 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Gil Meche 29, Joel Pineiro 5, Jon Huber 4, J.J. Putz 7, George Sherrill 6|
|Attendance - 23421|
|Game Time - 3:20|
|Temperature - 70|
|Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Mike Reilly, Third Base - Mike Muchlinski|