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A's snap 5-game losing skid

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SEATTLE -- After losing five games in a row, the Oakland Athletics were ready for something to go right. So when Josh Donaldson gave the A's an early lead with a solo home run in the second inning, his teammates got a confidence boost.

"It was nice," Donaldson said. "I could tell on the bench a little bit, everybody could just -- there was a little sigh of relief. We got a lead, and let's play the game the way we know how."

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A couple more homers by Daric Barton and Brandon Moss helped Oakland add to the lead, just enough to hold off the Seattle Mariners' late comeback attempts as the Athletics earned 4-3 win Saturday night.

Jarrod Parker (2-5) did his part on the mound, holding the Mariners hitless until Kelly Shoppach's two-out, two-run homer on a 3-2 pitch in the fifth inning.

Parker left in the seventh after giving up another two hits and a run. From there, the Mariners made several pushes for a comeback but came up short, stranding runners in scoring position in each of the last three innings as the Athletics' bullpen kept pitching out of jams.

"That's something they do," Parker said. "They're a confident bunch of guys. For them to get themselves in a little bit of trouble, I don't think they fret. Nobody else does."

Jed Lowrie had three hits and an RBI for Oakland, which ended its season-long losing streak.

The Mariners were hoping starter Brandon Maurer (2-5) would benefit from 10 days rest -- his spot in the rotation was skipped after he gave up four runs in four innings against Baltimore on April 30 -- but the rookie had another tough outing, allowing three runs on six hits in five innings.

"It took a while to settle in there, so I was rushing quite a bit at the beginning," Mauer said.

Donaldson opened the scoring in the second, hitting his fifth homer into the visitors' bullpen in left field. The Mariners barely escaped falling behind further after Maurer walked Derek Norris and Eric Sogard -- the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters -- on eight straight pitches. Second baseman Dustin Ackley ranged to his left and made a diving stop of John Jaso's grounder in the hole to end the inning.

Barton added his first homer of the year in the fourth inning to make the score 2-0, and the Athletics added another run in the fifth as Seth Smith doubled and scored on Lowrie's RBI single.

"When you score early, it's always huge," Barton said. "Especially right now with the funk we were in."

The Mariners' offense couldn't muster more than a few walks until their half of the fifth, when Shoppach hit his second homer of the season to right field with two outs and a man on.

Moss hit his solo homer in the sixth to push Oakland's lead to 4-2.

The Mariners mounted several comeback efforts in the late innings. Justin Smoak and Raul Ibanez hit back-to-back one-out singles off Parker in the seventh, who was relieved by Sean Doolittle. Ackley then followed with another single to score Smoak before Doolittle got out of the jam.

The 6 1-3 innings tied Parker's longest outing this season.

"We want to get him on a roll," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "One good start's one thing, but we'd like to see him get on a roll. And certainly, with losing a few games in a row, it was a performance we needed out of him."

Reliever Ryan Cook came on in the eighth and gave up two singles and a walk, loading the bases with two outs. Endy Chavez, who had come on as a pinch runner for Ibanez in the seventh, struck out to end the rally -- Cook's third strikeout of the inning.

Grant Balfour pitched the ninth for his sixth save in six chances. The Mariners did have men on second and first with two outs, but Balfour got Kyle Seager to ground out for the final out.

"It's a good feeling to win," Balfour said. "I just thought it was an all-around great game tonight."

Notes

  • Oakland OF Chris Young (strained left quadriceps) will start a rehab assignment Monday at extended spring training in Arizona, and manager Bob Melvin said he hopes Young will be activated from the DL on Wednesday.
  • Ibanez started in LF for Seattle for the second straight game. Manager Eric Wedge said he's trying to help the veteran get comfortable at the plate, although Jason Bay will likely start Sunday. Ibanez was 1 for 3.
  • The Mariners are now 1-12 when their starting pitcher doesn't complete the sixth inning and 0-17 when trailing after seven innings.
 
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Josh Donaldson trips while sliding into an out at second base, but the A's end a five-game losing streak by beating Seattle. (USATSI)
Josh Donaldson trips while sliding into an out at second base, but the A's end a five-game losing streak by beating Seattle. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Seattle

K. Shoppach
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Oakland

J. Lowrie
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
John Jaso, DH4000022 .255
Seth Smith, LF4110010 .267
Jed Lowrie, SS4031010 .312
Yoenis Cespedes, CF4000003 .204
Brandon Moss, RF4111020 .267
Josh Donaldson, 3B4121000 .301
Daric Barton, 1B4111010 .182
Derek Norris, C3000120 .230
Eric Sogard, 2B2000100 .233
    Adam Rosales, 2B0000000 .311
Totals3348429  
Batting
2B - Seth Smith (9, Maurer), Jed Lowrie (13, Maurer)
HR - Brandon Moss (5, Furbush), Josh Donaldson (5, Maurer), Daric Barton (1, Maurer)
RBI - Jed Lowrie (18), Brandon Moss (21), Josh Donaldson (25), Daric Barton (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jed Lowrie (10), Daric Barton (3)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Barton-Lowrie
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jarrod Parker (W,2-5) 6.1333451 6.86
Sean Doolittle (H,5) 0.2100010 1.20
Ryan Cook (H,5) 1200130 1.59
Grant Balfour (S,6) 1100120 1.88
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Parker 85-54, Sean Doolittle 12-9, Ryan Cook 29-18, Grant Balfour 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Parker 4-8, Sean Doolittle 1-0, Grant Balfour 1-0
Batters Faced - Jarrod Parker 24, Sean Doolittle 3, Ryan Cook 6, Grant Balfour 5
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Saunders, CF4020100 .273
Kyle Seager, 3B3000213 .287
Kendrys Morales, DH4010012 .262
Michael Morse, RF4000023 .220
Justin Smoak, 1B2110210 .243
Raul Ibanez, LF3010001 .194
    Endy Chavez, PR-LF1000013 .288
Dustin Ackley, 2B4111021 .231
Kelly Shoppach, C3112112 .264
Brendan Ryan, SS2000010 .128
   a- Jason Bay, PH1000002 .239
    Robert Andino, SS1000011 .167
Totals32373611  
a-grounded out for Ryan in the 7th
Batting
HR - Kelly Shoppach (2, Parker)
RBI - Dustin Ackley (7), Kelly Shoppach 2 (7)
2-OUT RBI - Kelly Shoppach 2 (2)
PK - Michael Saunders (1, Parker)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Endy Chavez 1
DP - Seager-Ackley-Smoak
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Maurer (L,2-5) 5633242 5.97
Charlie Furbush 2111021 3.97
Yoervis Medina 0.2000010 2.25
Lucas Luetge 0.1000010 6.35
Carter Capps 1100010 5.00
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Maurer 95-51, Charlie Furbush 27-18, Yoervis Medina 10-7, Lucas Luetge 4-3, Carter Capps 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Maurer 6-4, Charlie Furbush 1-3, Carter Capps 1-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Maurer 22, Charlie Furbush 7, Yoervis Medina 2, Lucas Luetge 1, Carter Capps 3
Game Information
Attendance - 30089
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Ted Barrett