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Ellis' walk-off single in 10th sends Athletics past Mariners

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Mark Ellis calmed himself down with a bunt base hit. He then riled up his Oakland teammates with single into the gap in the 10th inning.

Ellis punched a game-ending RBI single into right field with two outs in the 10th, lifting the Athletics to a 2-1 victory against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

"I was a little bit anxious and when I bunted it helped a lot," Ellis said. "I had some good at-bats after that."

Edwar Ramirez (1-0) pitched the 10th to earn his first victory since Sept. 3, 2008, when he was with the New York Yankees.

Kanekoa Texeira (0-1) took the loss in his major league debut.

"It's unfortunate that you have to leave a young kid out there in his debut but I thought he was phenomenal," Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said. "This game was really not his fault. It's really the offense. From 4-9 we were 1 for 24 and that's the story of this ballgame. The story comes down to not scoring runs. We scored the one on a wild pitch and that was it."

Kevin Kouzmanoff and Kurt Suzuki each singled with one out in the 10th. After Eric Chavez flew out deep to left, Ellis singled into the right-center gap to score pinch-runner Eric Patterson.

"I knew he would have to come at me," Ellis said. "I don't think he threw the pitch exactly where he wanted to and I was able to drive it into right field."

A's starter Dallas Braden struck out a career-high 10 in seven innings, giving up a run on four hits and a walk. He retired 15 of 16 during one stretch, and picked off Ichiro Suzuki in the first inning.

"Strike one was the key more than anything," Braden said. "I had to fill up the strike zone early and often."

A's manager Bob Geren said that was the best he had seen Braden pitch.

"He had one of the best changeups he's ever had," Geren said. "He threw many of them and still had them out in front. I know it's just the second game but it felt important."

Mariners starter Ian Snell lasted six innings, giving up one run and three hits. He walked two and struck out four.

Franklin Gutierrez, who had two hits, doubled with one out in the fourth, was balked to third and scored on a wild pitch to give the Mariners the early lead.

Kurt Suzuki tied the game in the bottom of the fourth with his first home run of the season, hitting a 1-1 pitch into the left-field bleachers.

Snell retired eight of nine batters before Suzuki's home run. Chavez and Ellis followed with singles and Cliff Pennington walked to load the bases. Snell retired Rajai Davis on a comebacker to end the rally and set down the final seven batters he faced.

Texeira had a dramatic ninth inning. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, the right-hander gave up a single to Ellis and Travis Buck's double. Pennington was walked intentionally and Texeira struck out Davis and got Daric Barton to fly out to left field after falling behind in the count.

"He's our long guy and we have to stretch him out as long as we can until we score a run," Wakamatsu said. "We weren't able to do that but what a gutsy performance."

Texeira and Kurt Suzuki knew each other, growing up in Hawaii.

"He actually coached me in Little League one year," Texeira said. "He's what, only three years older than me? It was fun, exciting. He laughed at me when he got on first and I laughed back."

Notes

  • Suzuki singled to open the game, extending his hitting streak against the A's to 22 games.
  • Snell is 3-1 in his past eight road starts.
  • Braden has made 47 career starts and has yet to complete a game, the third-longest streak to start a career with Oakland.
  • Ellis has six walk-off hits.
 
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Oakland catcher Kurt Suzuki is the first to congratulate Mark Ellis on his game-winning hit.  (Getty Images)
Oakland catcher Kurt Suzuki is the first to congratulate Mark Ellis on his game-winning hit. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Oakland

D. Braden
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 10
Seattle

I. Snell
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 2
K 4
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF3010100 .286
Chone Figgins, 2B4010021 .143
Franklin Gutierrez, CF3120101 .429
Milton Bradley, DH4000023 .000
Jose Lopez, 3B4010011 .125
Casey Kotchman, 1B4000011 .250
Eric Byrnes, LF4000011 .000
Adam Moore, C4000010 .000
Jack Wilson, SS4000020 .000
Totals34150210  
Batting
2B - Franklin Gutierrez (1, Braden)
PK - Ichiro Suzuki (1, Braden)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Figgins-J. Wilson-Kotchman
E - Jose Lopez (1, Dropped line drive)
Seattle Mariners
Ian Snell 6311241 1.50
Shawn Kelley 1000100 0.00
Mark Lowe 1100010 0.00
Kanekoa Texeira (L,0-1) 1.2511120 5.40
HBP - Kouzmanoff (by Ian Snell)
Pitches-Strikes - Ian Snell 100-61, Shawn Kelley 18-11, Mark Lowe 13-10, Kanekoa Texeira 39-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ian Snell 8-7, Mark Lowe 1-0
Batters Faced - Ian Snell 25, Shawn Kelley 4, Mark Lowe 3, Kanekoa Texeira 11
Oakland Athletics
Rajai Davis, CF5000027 .222
Daric Barton, 1B4000114 .000
Ryan Sweeney, RF5000021 .111
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4020000 .250
    Eric Patterson, PR0100000 .000
Kurt Suzuki, C5121003 .250
Eric Chavez, DH5010012 .111
Mark Ellis, 2B5031000 .429
Travis Buck, LF4010012 .143
Cliff Pennington, SS1000300 .500
Totals3829247  
Batting
2B - Travis Buck (1, Texeira)
HR - Kurt Suzuki (1, Snell)
RBI - Kurt Suzuki (1), Mark Ellis (1)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Ellis (1)
Team LOB - 12
Oakland Athletics
Dallas Braden 74111100 1.29
Brad Ziegler 0.2000100 0.00
Craig Breslow 0.1000000 0.00
Andrew Bailey 1100000 0.00
Edwar Ramirez (W,1-0) 1000000 0.00
WP - Dallas Braden (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Dallas Braden 91-65, Brad Ziegler 8-4, Craig Breslow 1-1, Andrew Bailey 14-8, Edwar Ramirez 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dallas Braden 6-4, Brad Ziegler 2-0, Edwar Ramirez 2-1
Batters Faced - Dallas Braden 25, Brad Ziegler 3, Craig Breslow 1, Andrew Bailey 4, Edwar Ramirez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 10090
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Tim Tschida