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Oakland at Seattle

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Mariners 4, Athletics 0

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SEATTLE -- Not all rookies get a reigning Cy Young Award winner to copy.

That's just what Seattle's Michael Pineda tried to do on Friday night.

Pineda noticed a night earlier that Felix Hernandez had success against Oakland working both sides of the plate, so when Pineda took the mound the burly rookie tried to emulate what Hernandez did.

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He nearly matched the Mariners ace.

Pineda dazzled again, throwing six shutout innings for his third straight victory, and Adam Kennedy's two-run single was enough offense in the Mariners' 4-0 win over the Athletics.

On the way to setting a little franchise history, Pineda overcame a high pitch-count in the early innings and some adversity in the sixth to become the first pitcher in Seattle history to begin his career with four consecutive quality starts.

"For a young man, he has a strong focus out there," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "He doesn't let things speed up on him and you have to keep pitching and I think that's the most important part of that."

Pineda has gone at least six innings every time out, and gave up five hits, struck out five and walked only two. He became just the second rookie in club history to post three victories in April, joining Freddy Garcia, and has a chance to own the mark himself with one more scheduled start this time.

Pineda's night was shortened only because of a rising pitch count. Most of those were racked up in the second inning where he threw 31 pitches and allowed consecutive walks to lead off before getting strikeouts of Mark Ellis and Kevin Kouzmanoff and a groundout by Cliff Pennington.

The burly right-hander gave up just three hits in his first five innings and when Pineda (3-1) faced trouble in the sixth, he got Kurt Suzuki to line out to left field and a ground ball from Ellis to end the threat. Pineda felt his motion was too quick in the early innings and was opening his front shoulder too quickly. He made a change in the third and rolled until the sixth, helped along by a biting slider.

"My slider now, it's better," Pineda said. "In spring training, sometimes it was good, but now since I first started here my slider has been pretty good."

Pineda also got great defense at times. Kouzmanoff led off the fifth with a single and stood at third with one out. Pineda came inside on Coco Crisp, forcing a grounder to first. Kennedy threw home to Miguel Olivo and got the tag on Kouzmanoff, who might have scored with a better slide.

Wilson also started a key double play in the seventh with a sliding stop that was turned nicely by shortstop Brendan Ryan. Instead of using his backhand to start the double play, Wilson smothered the ball then shoveled to Ryan. It's another part of Wilson's transition to second base he's continuing to work on.

"It's definitely a back hand [play], but at this point, I did what I needed to do to get the job done," Wilson said.

David Pauley and Aaron Laffey worked two innings of relief. Jamey Wright entered in the ninth and loaded the bases with one out before Brandon League got Conor Jackson to ground into a game-ending double play for his fifth save in five chances.

Oakland has now gone 18 innings since last scoring and was shut out in consecutive games for the first time since May 2008.

Seattle got just seven hits themselves, but took advantage of seven walks allowed by the A's. Kennedy scored on Wilson's two-out single in the second off Oakland starter Tyson Ross (1-2), then drove home a pair in the fifth, lining Jerry Blevins' breaking ball back up the middle to score Chone Figgins and Michael Saunders.

Ross lasted just 4 1/3 innings and threw just 31 of his 76 pitches for strikes.

"His fastball command wasn't as close to where it was this spring or remotely close to where it needs to be," Oakland manager Bob Geren said.

Notes

Seattle 1B Justin Smoak, on the bereavement list following the death of his father, is expected to rejoin the Mariners in Detroit on Tuesday. ... Friday was the birthday of Ross (24) and Oakland reliever David Purcey (29). Purcey threw 1 1-3 innings of relief and didn't allow a hit. ... Seattle LF Milton Bradley left in the third inning with lower back spasms. ... Seattle has pushed LHP Erik Bedard back and will have RHP Felix Hernandez start on normal rest Tuesday at Detroit. Bedard will now go on Wednesday.

 
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Players of the Game
Seattle

A. Kennedy
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Seattle

M. Pineda
IP 6.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 2
K 5
 
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF4000001 .213
Daric Barton, 1B4000011 .227
David DeJesus, RF4010000 .250
Josh Willingham, LF4010021 .224
Hideki Matsui, DH3010110 .250
Kurt Suzuki, C3020102 .250
Mark Ellis, 2B4010015 .232
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B3010012 .200
   a- Ryan Sweeney, PH0000100 .222
Cliff Pennington, SS2000103 .222
   b- Conor Jackson, PH1000001 .250
Totals3207046  
a-walked for Kouzmanoff in the 9th
b-grounded into a double play for Pennington in the 9th
Fielding
DP - Ellis-Pennington-Barton
PB - Kurt Suzuki (1)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyson Ross (L,1-2) 4.1433400 4.82
Jerry Blevins0111200 4.50
Brad Ziegler 1.1100020 0.00
David Purcey 1.1000110 4.76
Craig Breslow 1100010 6.00
Pitches-Strikes - Tyson Ross 76-31, Jerry Blevins 13-4, Brad Ziegler 21-14, David Purcey 22-12, Craig Breslow 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyson Ross 8-4, Brad Ziegler 2-0, David Purcey 1-2
Batters Faced - Tyson Ross 20, Jerry Blevins 3, Brad Ziegler 5, David Purcey 5, Craig Breslow 3
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4020003 .284
Chone Figgins, 3B3100101 .162
Milton Bradley, LF0000100 .250
    Michael Saunders, LF2100110 .213
Jack Cust, DH2001201 .179
Adam Kennedy, 1B4122000 .333
Miguel Olivo, C4000014 .169
Ryan Langerhans, CF2010212 .152
Brendan Ryan, SS4000013 .214
Jack Wilson, 2B4121000 .233
Totals2947474  
Batting
RBI - Jack Cust (7), Adam Kennedy 2 (5), Jack Wilson (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jack Wilson (1)
SB - Ichiro Suzuki (7, 3rd base off Ross/Suzuki)
CS - Ryan Langerhans (1, 2nd base by Breslow/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - J. Wilson-Ryan-Kennedy, Figgins-J. Wilson-Kennedy
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Michael Pineda (W,3-1) 6500250 1.78
David Pauley 0.1000100 1.46
Aaron Laffey 1.2000000 0.84
Jamey Wright 0.1200110 0.00
Brandon League (S,5) 0.2000000 3.68
WP - Michael Pineda (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Michael Pineda 97-66, David Pauley 6-2, Aaron Laffey 14-8, Jamey Wright 14-8, Brandon League 4-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Michael Pineda 7-6, Aaron Laffey 2-2, Brandon League 1-0
Batters Faced - Michael Pineda 25, David Pauley 2, Aaron Laffey 4, Jamey Wright 4, Brandon League 1
Game Information
Attendance - 17798
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 54
Umpires - Home - Cory Blaser, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Ed Hickox