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Athletics 8, Mariners 5

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Things have changed in a good way for Hideki Matsui and the Oakland Athletics since the All-Star break.

David DeJesus and Ryan Sweeney each drove in two runs, Matsui doubled three times and the Athletics completed a three-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners with an 8-5 victory Sunday.

Kurt Suzuki, Brandon Allen and Josh Willingham also drove in runs for the A's, who won their fourth straight following a five-game losing streak.

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"Against a team we've struggled against some, it was good," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "I can't remember us sweeping anybody for a while. It feels good."

The A's are two games over .500 and hitting nearly 40 points better since the break. Matsui has plenty to do with that.

Matsui is hitting .343 (62 for 181) since the All-Star break. He hit .209 in the first part of the season. The three doubles tied a single-game Oakland record.

"It seems like he's always contributing," Melvin said. "Any young player can learn from him. He means a lot to this team."

Matsui was a little more modest.

"I wish I would have helped the team score more runs earlier in the season," Matsui said through an interpreter. "That's one thing I am disappointed about. He struck me out with a pitch inside in my first at-bat, but I felt pretty good afterward."

Trevor Cahill (10-13) allowed a run and five hits over five innings to improve to 1-4 with a 6.46 ERA over his last seven starts. Andrew Bailey pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances.

"It felt like I was pitching out of a big situation every inning," Cahill said. "I was able to make pitches when I needed to make them."

Dustin Ackley hit a two-run homer and Ichiro Suzuki drove in a run for the Mariners, who have dropped four straight games. Luis Rodriguez added a two-run single.

Blake Beavan (3-5) pitched five innings for Seattle and was charged with four runs and seven hits. The rookie right-hander is 0-3 with a 6.44 ERA in his last five starts.

"I threw the ball OK," Beavan said. "The first three innings I thought there were some good pitches but I didn't get the calls. I keep trying to keep the same mindset and not try to be too fine."

Seattle center fielder Franklin Gutierrez departed in the eighth inning with a severe left oblique strain. He grabbed his left side after a swing and miss and needed help off the field.

"He's been swinging the bat much better the last month or so," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "There's a pretty good chance he's done for the year. If he is done, he can take the past month with him into the offseason and to spring training."

The Mariners also lost outfielder Casper Wells, who left with a bruised left elbow after getting hit by a pitch in the second inning. Wedge said he will be re-evaluated on Monday.

Cahill's previous victory came on July 27 against Tampa Bay. He's allowed 28 runs in 38 2/3 innings for a 6.52 ERA since holding the Rays scoreless over 7 1/3 innings.

Kurt Suzuki's RBI single in the second gave the A's the early edge. DeJesus added a sacrifice fly in the third and a run-scoring single in the fifth. Allen also drove in a run in the fifth.

Ichiro Suzuki hit an RBI single in the fifth for the Mariners' first run. Ackley hit his sixth homer with two outs in the seventh.

The Athletics responded with four runs in the bottom half of the seventh. Sweeney hit a two-run triple and Willingham had a sacrifice fly.

Notes

A's OF Coco Crisp missed the game to recover from fouling a ball off his foot on Saturday. ... Mariners RHP Dan Cortes is expected to make a rehab appearance with Triple-A Tacoma on Monday, then join the team at home later in the week. ... A's OF Michael Taylor was not in the starting lineup two days after manager Bob Melvin said he would be. "I put my foot in my mouth there," Melvin said. "He'll start against some left-handers. He'll get a chance to play. He's not here to sit." ... Mariners INF Brendan Ryan, who was on the disabled list in August with a left shoulder injury, got the day off. ... Oakland raised $63,200 on A's Breast Cancer Awareness Day. ... LHP Anthony Vasquez starts for the Mariners when they open a series in Anaheim against the Angels on Monday. It will be his third major league start and his second against the Angels. ... RHP Rich Harden starts Monday's game for the A's against the Royals. He has 64 strikeouts since the All-Star Break, fifth in the AL. He is 2-0 in five home starts.

 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

H. Matsui
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Seattle

D. Ackley
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ichiro Suzuki, RF5021013 .275
Franklin Gutierrez, CF5120013 .224
   a- Adam Kennedy, PH0000000 .233
    Chris Gimenez, LF0000000 .171
Dustin Ackley, 2B4122111 .298
Mike Carp, DH5010014 .288
Justin Smoak, 1B5120011 .224
Miguel Olivo, C5000023 .220
Kyle Seager, 3B4020011 .281
Casper Wells, LF0000000 .240
    Trayvon Robinson, LF-CF2210101 .257
Luis Rodriguez, SS4012013 .169
Totals39513529  
a-announced for Gutierrez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Franklin Gutierrez (13, Cahill), Mike Carp (13, Bailey), Trayvon Robinson (9, Balfour)
HR - Dustin Ackley (6, Fuentes)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (36), Dustin Ackley 2 (34), Luis Rodriguez 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Dustin Ackley 2 (10), Luis Rodriguez 2 (8)
SB - Ichiro Suzuki (34, 2nd base off Cahill/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 10
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Blake Beavan (L,3-5) 5744330 4.33
Josh Lueke 2244210 7.92
Brandon League 1100010 2.92
IBB - DeJesus by Josh Lueke
WP - Josh Lueke 2 (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Blake Beavan 101-60, Josh Lueke 41-24, Brandon League 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Blake Beavan 3-9, Josh Lueke 2-3, Brandon League 2-0
Batters Faced - Blake Beavan 25, Josh Lueke 10, Brandon League 4
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jemile Weeks, 2B5000002 .292
Cliff Pennington, SS3100213 .270
Hideki Matsui, LF5330012 .264
Josh Willingham, DH2011111 .245
David DeJesus, RF2212102 .234
Brandon Allen, 1B4121013 .246
Ryan Sweeney, CF4112013 .272
Kurt Suzuki, C4011000 .236
Scott Sizemore, 3B3010100 .246
Totals32810755  
Batting
2B - Hideki Matsui 3 (27, Beavan, Beavan, Lueke), Brandon Allen 2 (7, Beavan, Beavan)
3B - Ryan Sweeney (2, Lueke)
SF - Josh Willingham (7), David DeJesus (3)
RBI - Josh Willingham (80), David DeJesus 2 (41), Brandon Allen (17), Ryan Sweeney 2 (23), Kurt Suzuki (38)
2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus (14), Brandon Allen (5), Ryan Sweeney 2 (12)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Weeks-Pennington-Allen
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Trevor Cahill (W,10-13) 5511240 4.20
Josh Outman (H,1) 1100000 3.23
Fautino De Los Santos (H,2) 0.2111010 3.58
Brian Fuentes (H,7) 0.1111001 4.10
Grant Balfour 1422020 2.30
Andrew Bailey (S,19) 1100020 2.62
HBP - Wells (by Trevor Cahill)
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 83-45, Josh Outman 11-8, Fautino De Los Santos 14-7, Brian Fuentes 5-4, Grant Balfour 28-17, Andrew Bailey 22-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 7-3, Josh Outman 2-1, Fautino De Los Santos 1-0, Andrew Bailey 1-0
Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 22, Josh Outman 4, Fautino De Los Santos 3, Brian Fuentes 2, Grant Balfour 7, Andrew Bailey 4
Game Information
Attendance - 19384
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Bill Welke