|Seattle (79-70) «||0||0||0||0||1||0||3||0||0||4||10||0|
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Dan Haren worked ahead in eight efficient innings. He struck out six and walked only one.
Still, that wasn't enough for the Athletics' All-Star and ace to earn his career-best 15th win -- failing to reach that mark on his fifth attempt, and on his 27th birthday.
The defending AL West champion A's were eliminated from the wild-card race with the New York Yankees' 8-5 win over Baltimore. The Mariners trail New York by 6½ games after winning for just the sixth time in 23 games.
Yuniesky Betancourt drove in Seattle's first run and had the first hit off Haren (14-8), who dropped his fourth straight decision.
"That's very encouraging," Haren said. "I'm trying to get better. My arm feels great, which is great after 200-plus innings. I have a couple starts left and I'm going to try to make the most of them."
Ryan Rowland-Smith got five outs and Brandon Morrow finished the seven-hitter for Seattle's 11th shutout of the season. It marked the ninth time the A's were blanked, four of them by the Mariners.
Batista (14-11) struck out six in 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing five hits and walking four. He had been 0-3 since his last victory, Aug. 17 against the Chicago White Sox.
The 36-year-old right-hander improved to 4-1 with a 1.99 ERA and 31 strikeouts in Oakland.
"They weren't chasing pitches. It's hard not to walk a lot of people," Batista said. "For some reason every time I come here, I have my best fastball of the season. I've thrown some great games here.
"Every run counts, especially with Haren on the other side. When he's on his game, you can't make many mistakes or your team will never come back."
Jack Cust's leadoff double in the fourth was the lone extra-base hit against Batista.
Haren didn't allow a hit until Betancourt's two-out single in the third, then Betancourt singled in the first run of the game in the fifth. Haren gave up four runs -- three earned -- and 10 hits.
Seattle improved to 6-1 this season in Oakland, but won for only the third time in its last 13 road games. The A's have already lost the season series for the first time since 2003, going 5-12 so far with two games left.
"It was a nice way to start a road trip, especially against Haren," Mariners manager John McLaren said. "He's a tough pitcher."
Lopez hit his ninth home run of the year with a shot to left on the first pitch he saw in the seventh.
Haren was efficient: He got through the first two innings on 18 pitches and through six on 62. The eight innings represented his longest outing since also going eight on May 30 against Texas.
He was facing Seattle for the second straight start after Oakland lost 6-5 in his no-decision last Wednesday. Haren gave up four runs and 12 hits in that one and has now allowed at least 10 hits in four straight starts.
"He's throwing well enough to win a lot of these games," A's manager Bob Geren said. "He's been our ace all year and he's finishing strong. He had a great ballgame today -- vintage Dan Haren. His confidence has been high all year and it should be."
Nick Swisher had his eight-game hitting streak against Seattle snapped, going 0-for-3 with a walk. He had homered in three straight games in which he had an official at-bat.
Mariners star Ichiro Suzuki singled to start the sixth for a 10-game hitting streak, then doubled in the seventh. He came into the game batting 5-for-27 this year at the Oakland Coliseum.
|Seattle's Jose Lopez (right) earns a shoulder massage from Jose Vidro after hitting a three-run jack. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Ichiro Suzuki, CF||5||0||2||0||0||0||1||.353|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.279|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.284|
|Adam Jones, PR-LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.277|
|Jose Guillen, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.284|
|Ben Broussard, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.277|
|Jose Vidro, DH||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.318|
|Kenji Johjima, C||4||2||2||0||0||0||2||.288|
|Jose Lopez, 2B||4||1||1||3||0||2||1||.256|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.287|
|2B - Ichiro Suzuki (19, Haren), Raul Ibanez (33, Haren)|
|HR - Jose Lopez (9, Haren)|
|RBI - Jose Lopez 3 (58), Yuniesky Betancourt (64)|
|2-OUT RBI - Yuniesky Betancourt (24)|
|SB - Jose Guillen (5, 2nd base off Haren/Suzuki)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Rowland-Smith-Betancourt-J. Lopez-Broussard|
|Miguel Batista (W,14-11)||6.1||5||0||0||4||6||0||4.51|
|Ryan Rowland-Smith (H,1)||1.2||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.86|
|WP - Miguel Batista 2 (13)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Batista 111-68, Ryan Rowland-Smith 19-12, Brandon Morrow 19-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Batista 4-9, Ryan Rowland-Smith 1-2, Brandon Morrow 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Miguel Batista 28, Ryan Rowland-Smith 5, Brandon Morrow 4|
|Shannon Stewart, LF||5||0||1||0||0||0||1||.289|
|Daric Barton, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.333|
|Nick Swisher, CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.264|
|Jack Cust, RF||3||0||1||0||1||2||2||.263|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.275|
|Dan Johnson, DH||2||0||0||0||2||1||1||.235|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||4||0||1||0||0||0||4||.254|
|Jack Hannahan, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.280|
|Donnie Murphy, SS||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.209|
|a- Mike Piazza, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.286|
|a-struck out for Murphy in the 9th|
|2B - Jack Cust (18, Batista)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Outfield Assists - Jack Cust 1|
|E - Jack Hannahan (3, Throwing)|
|Dan Haren (L,14-8)||8||10||4||3||1||6||1||3.12|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 106-72, Colby Lewis 8-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 9-8|
|Batters Faced - Dan Haren 34, Colby Lewis 3|
|Attendance - 17228|
|Game Time - 2:33|
|Temperature - 65|
|Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Randy Marsh|