Seattle at Oakland

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Seattle (58-67) «002000050770
Oakland (71-54)4000000004111

Mariners 7, Athletics 4

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Nick Franklin broke out of a slump and then had to leave the game early. He's hoping it's not an omen.

Franklin homered and drove in three runs and the Seattle Mariners rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 7-4 on Tuesday night.

"It's been a grind," said Franklin, who hit his first home run in nearly a month and had seven hits in his previous 63 at bats. "I just went back to my old approach and worked through it, hoping to get better."

He'll likely have to wait a few days before he gets into the lineup because of a left knee laceration suffered when he beat a throw to the plate during the decisive eighth.

"I went back to the dugout and somebody thought I was in shock," Franklin said. "I was ready to go. I asked somebody to get me a new pair of pants."

He averted his eyes while the team doctor put stitches in his knee that could keep him out for up to a week.

Mariners interim manager Robby Thompson said it looked like he caught Derek Norris' cleat.

"I want to say it was five stitches," Thompson said. "He had a nice little deep gash in his left knee. He wanted to stay in, just wanted new pants. It was necessary to take care of that right away."

Norris also left the game and X-rays revealed a fractured left toe.

"It's been tough for our catchers here lately," A's Josh Donaldson said. "Dino has struggled with his back thing and now he fractures his toe. I don't know, we'll see how it plays out."

A's catcher John Jaso has been on the disabled list since July 25 with a concussion.

Brad Miller and Kendrys Morales also drove in runs for the Mariners, who won for just the third time in 53 games when trailing after seven innings.

Donaldson and Nate Freiman both homered for the A's, who dropped 1 games behind the AL West-leading Texas Rangers. Norris also drove in a run for the A's.

Sean Doolittle (4-5) allowed hits to all four batters he faced in the eighth.

"I wasn't walking guys but I was leaving stuff over the plate," said Doolittle, a converted first baseman. "We made a mess of things. It's not the right time of year to have an inning like that."

Brandon Maurer (4-7) pitched a scoreless seventh for the victory.

Danny Farquhar earned his eighth save in 11 chances with a scoreless ninth.

A's rookie Sonny Gray threw seven solid innings, giving up two runs and two hits. He walked two and struck out seven.

Mariners starter Joe Saunders went six innings, giving up four runs and 10 hits. He struck out two and walked three.

"I was just trying to stay confident," Saunders said. "Then we got some big double plays and clutch hits."

The Mariners scored five times in the eighth, getting RBIs from Miller, Franklin and Morales and scoring two runs on wild pitches.

The A's used three pitchers, who needed 53 pitches, to get through the eighth. Doolittle has allowed six runs over his past four appearances, a span of 2 2/3 innings.

"We don't see that often. That surprises everybody," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "But you're going to have some games you don't get it done and that's what happened. They had some good at bats, strung some hits together and it happened pretty quickly."

The A's scored all their runs within the first five batters of the game.

Jed Lowrie led off with a triple and scored on Norris' single. Donaldson followed with his 18th home run. After Yoenis Cespedes grounded out, Nate Freiman hit a solo shot.

Franklin hit a two-run home run in the third to bring Seattle within 4-2.

Gray took care of the rest, retiring 13 of the final 14 batters he faced. He's thrown at least six innings in all three of his starts.

Gray had a 13-inning scoreless streak snapped when Franklin homered.

Saunders gave up half of his hits in the first inning, settling in to keep Seattle within striking distance. He got double plays in three successive innings to keep the A's off the scoreboard.

Notes

A's OF Coco Crisp (sore left wrist) was available off the bench, but A's manager Bob Melvin said he didn't want him to get more than one at-bat right-handed. He's scheduled to play Wednesday. ... A's LHP Brett Anderson is expected to throw about 65 pitches in his rehab start Thursday in Stockton. Melvin hinted it could be his last rehab, though he would not commit either way. ... Mariners interim manager Robby Thompson said he plans to talk with manager Eric Wedge, who plans to be at Friday's game in Seattle, after batting practice to develop a game plan. ... Mariners RHP Tom Wilhelmsen is expected to rejoin the team in September. He was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Aug. 6.

 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

J. Donaldson
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Seattle

N. Franklin
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brad Miller, SS-2B5121001 .253
Nick Franklin, 2B4223000 .240
Kyle Seager, 3B4100122 .280
Kendrys Morales, DH5001032 .287
Raul Ibanez, LF3010200 .251
Justin Smoak, 1B5000037 .265
Michael Morse, RF4000013 .228
Michael Saunders, CF1210300 .237
Henry Blanco, C3010012 .178
   Brendan Ryan, PR-SS1100013 .190
Totals35775611  
Batting
2B - Raul Ibanez (16, Gray), Henry Blanco (5, Doolittle)
HR - Nick Franklin (11, Gray)
SH - Humberto Quintero (2)
RBI - Brad Miller (23), Nick Franklin 3 (38), Kendrys Morales (67)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Franklin 2 (16)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Miller-Franklin-Smoak, Miller-Franklin-Smoak-Seager-Franklin-Smoak, Miller-Franklin-Smoak-Seager-Franklin-Smoak-Saunders-Smoak
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Saunders 61044322 4.91
Brandon Maurer (W,4-7) 1100010 6.50
Yoervis Medina (H,13) 1000210 2.56
Danny Farquhar (S,8) 1000020 4.79
HBP - Norris (by Brandon Maurer)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 102-60, Brandon Maurer 15-11, Yoervis Medina 18-10, Danny Farquhar 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 8-4, Yoervis Medina 2-0
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 27, Brandon Maurer 5, Yoervis Medina 5, Danny Farquhar 3
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jed Lowrie, DH5120024 .284
Derek Norris, C3111001 .232
   Stephen Vogt, C1000010 .231
Josh Donaldson, 3B5122001 .297
Yoenis Cespedes, LF5010013 .229
Nate Freiman, 1B2111101 .285
   a-Brandon Moss, PH-1B1000002 .241
Chris Young, CF2000201 .196
Josh Reddick, RF3000121 .216
Alberto Callaspo, 2B4030000 .257
Eric Sogard, SS3010103 .265
Totals34411456  
a-flied out for Freiman in the 7th
Batting
3B - Jed Lowrie (1, Saunders)
HR - Josh Donaldson (18, Saunders), Nate Freiman (4, Saunders)
RBI - Derek Norris (26), Josh Donaldson 2 (71), Nate Freiman (23)
PK - Chris Young (1, Saunders)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Stephen Vogt (1, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Sonny Gray 7222271 1.44
Sean Doolittle (L,4-5; BS,5) 0444000 3.67
Ryan Cook 0.1011210 2.10
Jesse Chavez 1.2100230 4.08
IBB - Saunders by Jesse Chavez
WP - Ryan Cook 2 (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Sonny Gray 94-56, Sean Doolittle 19-13, Ryan Cook 26-16, Jesse Chavez 28-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sonny Gray 9-5, Ryan Cook 1-0, Jesse Chavez 1-2
Batters Faced - Sonny Gray 25, Sean Doolittle 4, Ryan Cook 4, Jesse Chavez 9
Game Information
Attendance - 13041
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Eric Cooper