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SEATTLE -- Nick Franklin has been in the major leagues for less than a month but he's already starting to become one of the Seattle Mariners' most-trusted hitters in crucial situations.
Franklin delivered a two-run single off Oakland reliever Ryan Cook in the eighth inning to lift the Mariners to a 7-5 win over the A's on Saturday night.
After a three-run home run from Raul Ibanez tied the game at 5-5 in the seventh inning, Brendan Ryan led off the eighth with a single off Cook (1-1) and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Endy Chavez reached with a bunt single to put runners at the corners and took second on indifference.
Franklin then came through with the single to left field to score Ryan and Chavez to give the Mariners the lead. His three hits and three RBI matched career-highs and it was the first game-winning hit of his career.
"He likes being up in those situations," manager Eric Wedge said. "I just like the way he plays so aggressively. He does it offensively. He does it defensively. He does it on the basepaths. I just think you're a better baseball player when you play with no fear and that's what we've seen from him so far."
Yoervis Medina (2-2) worked 2 1/3 innings scoreless to close out the game.
With the three hits against Oakland, Franklin's average is up to .295 with seven doubles, four home runs and 13 RBI in 25 games. His ability to hit in critical spots is something his teammates are already noticing as well.
"For him to be able to stay calm in those situations and for him to be able to stay disciplined like that is huge," Ibanez said. "He's a really heads-up player. He plays very, very mature.
"He's been very impressive."
Franklin said he just tries to stay relaxed and not allow the pressure of the moment to get to him.
"I'm just trying to put something in play, give ourselves a chance to score anything," Franklin said. "It's better to put the ball in play than to have a swing and a miss trying to hit a long ball."
In his first game back from the disabled list, Franklin Gutierrez homered to right-center field in his first at-bat to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead. Following walks by Justin Smoak and Henry Blanco, Franklin came through with a two-out single to score Smoak and extend the lead to 2-0.
Oakland got a run back in the third, on Eric Sogard's sacrifice fly.
The Mariners chased A's starter Dan Straily from the game in the fourth inning. Straily lasted 3 1/3 innings -- the shortest outing of his career -- while allowing six hits and two runs. He walked three and struck out five.
"He just didn't have a good release point today," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "He was teetering from the beginning: it was what, six hits and three walks in just over three inning. He just had a rough start."
Jed Lowrie's bases-loaded single scored a pair to give the A's a 3-2 lead in the fifth.
Oakland added on in the seventh inning. Lowrie doubled and the Mariners elected to intentionally walk Yoenis Cespedes. After a Brandon Moss struck out, Medina relieved and Josh Donaldson and Josh Reddick each singled in a run to give the A's a 5-2 cushion.
The lead didn't last long as Seattle rallied in bottom half of the inning. Ibanez delivered a three-run home run into the right field seats off Jerry Blevins to knot the game at 5-5.
Aaron Harang went five innings allowing six hits and three runs for the Mariners. He walked two and struck out three.
|Rookie Nick Franklin (3 for 5), one of five Mariners to produce multiple hits, also finishes with 3 RBI. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
|Coco Crisp, DH||4||0||1||0||1||1||2||.285|
|Jed Lowrie, SS||3||1||3||3||1||0||0||.305|
|Yoenis Cespedes, LF||4||1||0||0||1||1||5||.229|
|Brandon Moss, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||2||5||.231|
|Josh Donaldson, 3B||4||0||2||1||0||1||0||.307|
|Josh Reddick, RF||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.214|
|Chris Young, CF||4||1||1||0||0||2||3||.192|
|Eric Sogard, 2B||4||2||3||0||0||0||0||.271|
|Derek Norris, C||4||0||1||0||0||2||4||.190|
|2B - Jed Lowrie (21, Furbush), Eric Sogard (10, Harang)|
|SF - Jed Lowrie (2)|
|RBI - Jed Lowrie 3 (30), Josh Donaldson (46), Josh Reddick (21)|
|2-OUT RBI - Josh Donaldson (13), Josh Reddick (5)|
|CS - Coco Crisp (3, 2nd base by Harang/Blanco)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Jerry Blevins (BS,3)||0.2||2||3||3||1||1||1||2.70|
|Ryan Cook (L,1-1)||0.2||4||2||2||0||0||0||2.97|
|WP - Ryan Cook (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dan Straily 78-47, Jesse Chavez 35-24, Jerry Blevins 17-10, Ryan Cook 24-13, Sean Doolittle 11-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Straily 3-2, Jesse Chavez 4-2, Ryan Cook 1-1, Sean Doolittle 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Dan Straily 19, Jesse Chavez 8, Jerry Blevins 5, Ryan Cook 6, Sean Doolittle 3|
|Endy Chavez, RF||5||1||2||0||0||2||3||.290|
|Nick Franklin, 2B||5||0||3||3||0||0||1||.295|
|Kyle Seager, 3B||5||1||1||0||0||0||5||.286|
|Kendrys Morales, DH||3||1||0||0||2||1||1||.272|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||5||1||2||3||0||1||3||.235|
|Michael Saunders, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.209|
|Franklin Gutierrez, CF||4||1||2||1||0||1||1||.276|
|Justin Smoak, 1B||3||1||2||0||1||0||1||.249|
|Henry Blanco, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||4||.167|
|Brendan Ryan, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||3||.202|
|2B - Endy Chavez (7, Straily), Nick Franklin (7, Straily), Franklin Gutierrez (4, Cook)|
|HR - Raul Ibanez (15, Blevins), Franklin Gutierrez (5, Straily)|
|RBI - Nick Franklin 3 (13), Raul Ibanez 3 (39), Franklin Gutierrez (11)|
|2-OUT RBI - Nick Franklin (6)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Seager-Franklin-Smoak|
|Yoervis Medina (W,2-2)||2.1||3||0||0||0||2||0||2.70|
|IBB - Cespedes by Charlie Furbush|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 95-60, Danny Farquhar 22-16, Charlie Furbush 19-10, Yoervis Medina 37-24|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 2-9, Yoervis Medina 3-1|
|Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 22, Danny Farquhar 5, Charlie Furbush 4, Yoervis Medina 9|
|Attendance - 20704|
|Game Time - 3:32|
|Temperature - 76|
|Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Mark Carlson|