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Athletics 7, Mariners 4

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SEATTLE -- After manager John McLaren lost his cool, the Seattle Mariners lost again.

The Oakland Athletics handed the free-falling Mariners their 15th defeat in 17 games, breaking away after McLaren was ejected for a 7-4 victory Tuesday night.

Seattle dropped 6½ games behind the New York Yankees in the AL wild-card race with 19 games left. General manager Bill Bavasi met with McLaren for the second successive night, then with the entire coaching staff.

"I'm frustrated. We are getting frustrated, let's be honest about it," McLaren said after his third ejection in 65 games since taking over when Mike Hargrove abruptly resigned on July 1. "I don't know what else to say."

McLaren was tossed in the fourth inning after Jarrod Washburn walked Donnie Murphy with the bases loaded, which tied the game at 1. Plate umpire Chris Guccione called ball four on a pitch that appeared well off the plate and Washburn shouted "that's not inside!" and punctuated it with an expletive.

McLaren got ejected while yelling from the dugout, and he came out to confront the umpire, who rolled his eyes and looked away. McLaren pointed both his index fingers toward Guccione's chest.

When crew chief Tom Hallion intervened, McLaren yelled at him, too, before stomping off to the night's loudest cheers from the home crowd.

"I took up for Wash," McLaren said. "I just want these guys to know I'm behind them."

Washburn then walked Kurt Suzuki to force in a second run and Shannon Stewart's two-run single made it 4-1.

Mark Ellis tied a career high with four hits while Mike Piazza and Stewart each had three hits and two RBI.

Ellis credited not chasing as many bad pitches as the reason he has 10 hits in his past three games -- the last Oakland player to do that was Carney Lansford in 1998.

"It is quite an accomplishment," A's manager Bob Geren said. "It couldn't happen to a better guy."

Ellis' streak of 102 consecutive games without an error, an A's record for a second baseman, came to an end.

Relievers Ruddy Lugo (6-0), Andrew Brown, Alan Embree and Huston Street shut out the Mariners over the final 4 2/3 innings.

After walking Jose Lopez to load the bases in the seventh, Brown struck out Yuniesky Betancourt on three pitches to strand the tying runs. Street got his 14th save in 18 chances by finishing the ninth.

Washburn (9-14) allowed six runs on eight hits and a season high-tying five walks in 5 2/3 innings.

He is 17-28 with a 4.58 ERA in 60 starts over his first two seasons in Seattle. Not quite what the Mariners were seeking when they gave him $37 million for four years.

Washburn declined to talk to reporters after the game.

Washburn would have escaped having allowed only four runs and a no-decision -- but reliever Eric O'Flaherty walked Nick Swisher, which loaded the bases for Piazza, who blooped a two-run single that put Oakland up 6-4.

Sean Green entered and promptly allowed Ellis' fourth hit, which scored Swisher to make it 7-4. That was the 10th hit in 14 at-bats for Ellis.

Seattle took a 1-0 lead on Adrian Beltre's 24th home run off a changeup from Dallas Braden in third, a drive into the third row of the second deck.

The Mariners tied it in the fifth after Ichiro Suzuki led off with a single and Braden balked him to second. Raul Ibanez singled one out later to make it 4-2. Ibanez scored following back-to-back singles by Jose Guillen and Kenji Johjima.

Johjima created the tying run when he extended both arms skyward to break up a potential double-play grounder by Jose Vidro. Shortstop Murphy's throw banged off Johjima's left wrist, resulting in only a force out and an RBI for Vidro that tied it at 4.

Johjima left the game with a bruised left wrist. McLaren said "it's a lot better than we thought," though Johjima is unlikely to play Wednesday.

Notes

Braden allowed eight hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out one and still has not had a victory since his first start of the season, April 24. ... An MRI exam showed that the left hamstring that kept Seattle 1B Richie Sexson out for the ninth time in 11 games has tendinitis. He will continue physical therapy.

 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

M. Ellis
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
Oakland

M. Piazza
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Oakland Athletics
Shannon Stewart, LF5132010 .285
Daric Barton, 1B4100101 .286
Nick Swisher, RF4100101 .261
Mike Piazza, DH5132010 .282
Mark Ellis, 2B5141000 .276
Marco Scutaro, 3B3100204 .264
Donnie Murphy, SS3101114 .220
Kurt Suzuki, C3001102 .244
Kevin Thompson, CF3000003 .172
   a- Dan Johnson, PH1000010 .230
    Jeff DaVanon, CF0000000 .200
Totals36710764  
a-struck out for Thompson in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mike Piazza 2 (17, Washburn, Washburn), Mark Ellis (30, Washburn)
RBI - Shannon Stewart 2 (47), Mike Piazza 2 (40), Mark Ellis (64), Donnie Murphy (17), Kurt Suzuki (31)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Piazza 2 (15), Mark Ellis (28)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Mark Ellis (5, Misplayed grounder), Donnie Murphy (5, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
Dallas Braden 4.1844011 6.75
Ruddy Lugo (W,6-0) 1.1200010 5.84
Andrew Brown (H,3) 1.1100210 3.74
Alan Embree (H,15) 1000000 4.08
Huston Street (S,14) 1000120 3.07
Pitches-Strikes - Dallas Braden 79-53, Ruddy Lugo 20-12, Andrew Brown 25-14, Alan Embree 10-7, Huston Street 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dallas Braden 7-7, Ruddy Lugo 3-0, Andrew Brown 2-1, Alan Embree 2-1
Batters Faced - Dallas Braden 23, Ruddy Lugo 6, Andrew Brown 7, Alan Embree 3, Huston Street 4
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF5110001 .350
Adrian Beltre, 3B5121001 .282
Raul Ibanez, DH5121002 .284
Jose Guillen, RF5110011 .289
Kenji Johjima, C3011011 .285
    Jamie Burke, C1000000 .304
   a- Jeremy Reed, PH1000010 .222
Jose Vidro, 1B3021200 .315
    Willie Bloomquist, PR0000000 .285
Adam Jones, LF5010013 .262
Jose Lopez, 2B3000103 .259
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4010016 .287
Totals40411435  
a-struck out for Burke in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jose Vidro (23, Braden), Adam Jones (2, A. Brown)
HR - Adrian Beltre (24, Braden)
RBI - Adrian Beltre (91), Raul Ibanez (92), Kenji Johjima (58), Jose Vidro (56)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - J. Lopez-Betancourt-Vidro
E - Adam Jones (2, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
Jarrod Washburn (L,9-14) 5.2866520 4.49
Eric O'Flaherty0011100 3.67
Sean Green 0.1200000 3.88
Jorge Campillo 3000020 2.25
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 122-75, Eric O'Flaherty 5-1, Sean Green 13-7, Jorge Campillo 32-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 8-6, Sean Green 1-0, Jorge Campillo 2-5
Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 29, Eric O'Flaherty 1, Sean Green 3, Jorge Campillo 9
Game Information
Attendance - 26676
Game Time - 3:11
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman