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Miller homers twice, Mariners top Athletics

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SEATTLE -- Brad Miller thought the ball would stay inside the foul pole. His manager wasn't so sure.

Miller came up with the bases loaded and no outs in the fifth inning Saturday and drove Jarrod Parker's 2-1 pitch high down the right-field line. The ball stayed fair for the rookie's first grand slam.

"It kept curving, but I was hoping," Miller said. "That felt good."

The slam was the second of two home runs Miller hit against Oakland, and it gave Seattle a six-run lead. The Athletics mounted a comeback but the Mariners held on for a 7-5 win.

"I wasn't sure if that ball was going to stay fair, but I'm glad for us it did," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "It was obviously big for us, especially the way they came back."

Boston clinched home-field advantage throughout the postseason with Oakland's loss. The AL West champion A's will play their playoff opener at home next Friday against AL Central champion Detroit, and AL East winner Boston will start at Fenway Park against the team emerging from the wild-card playoff: Cleveland, Tampa Bay or Texas.

The Athletics got a boost when Oakland's Brandon Moss and Alberto Callaspo hit back-to-back homers in the seventh inning off Chance Ruffin. Moss's two-run drive was his team-leading 30th.

Oakland's comeback try was hurt by many missed chances. The A's failed to score after loading the bases with two outs in the sixth and eighth innings, and they were 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position.

However, it was clear after the game the Athletics were already turning their thoughts toward the upcoming series against the Tigers, who beat Oakland 3-2 in last year's division series.

"It was a good matchup last year. We've had some spirited games with them this year, so it should be an exciting series," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Two pretty well-matched teams, a little different in style. You look at the numbers overall, their pitching numbers and their hitting numbers, and ours and what we do and it's a little different, but should be pretty evenly matched."

Parker (12-8) gave up seven runs and seven hits -- including three homers -- in 4 1/3 innings. It was the second time in three starts he allowed seven or more runs without making it through the fifth inning.

"I think he was just a little off on the baseball today, but the stuff was still good," Melvin said. "I'm not worried about that."

Justin Smoak's career-best 20th homer, a two-run drive, put Seattle ahead in the second. Smoak became the fourth Mariner this season with 20 homers, the first Mariners quartet since 2007.

Miller hit his first homer of the game with a solo shot in the third for a 3-1 lead. Two innings later, the Mariners had three straight singles to lead off the inning and Miller extended the lead with his grand slam.

It was the third time this season Miller has hit two homers in a game, with the bulk of his eight homers coming in pairs. The grand slam was Seattle's seventh this year, second in the majors behind Boston's nine.

Brandon Maurer (5-8) gave up two runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He had been 0-1 in three starts and three relief appearances since beating the A's on Aug. 20.

"I got to throw everything together this last one, work on mound presence and really go out there and trust my stuff," Maurer said.

Notes

Seattle manager Eric Wedge said Saturday his uncertain contract status wasn't the reason he decided not to return next season. "If they'd offered me a 5-year contract, I'm not coming back here," he said. Instead, Wedge said the reason behind his departure was a difference of opinion between him and the Mariners' front office: CEO Howard Lincoln, president Chuck Armstrong and GM Jack Zduriencik. "My vision of the future and theirs are just different," Wedge said. ... Oakland OF Yoenis Cespedes was out of the lineup a day after leaving in the fourth inning with shoulder stiffness. Manager Bob Melvin said Cespedes was day to day. ... Danny Farquhar pitched a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 20 chances. ... Coco Crisp hit a sacrifice fly in the third, and Alberto Callaspo had a run-scoring single in the sixth for Oakland.

 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

A. Callaspo
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Seattle

B. Miller
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 5
 

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Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF3001100 .261
Josh Donaldson, 3B3100221 .301
Jed Lowrie, SS5120025 .290
Brandon Moss, 1B5112012 .255
Alberto Callaspo, DH5122020 .258
Josh Reddick, RF5020010 .225
Seth Smith, LF1000100 .248
   a-Chris Young, PH-LF2010012 .199
Stephen Vogt, C2110012 .256
   b-Derek Norris, PH-C0000100 .250
   c-Daric Barton, PH1000001 .265
   Kurt Suzuki, C0000000 .232
Eric Sogard, 2B2010000 .269
   d-Nate Freiman, PH1000003 .274
   Jemile Weeks, 2B1000011 .000
Jarrod Parker, P0000000 .000
   Jerry Blevins, P0000000 .000
   Brett Anderson, P0000000 .000
   Dan Otero, P0000000 .000
   Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
Totals365105511  
a-struck out for Smith in the 6th
b-walked for Vogt in the 6th
c-grounded out for Norris in the 8th
d-hit into fielder's choice for Sogard in the 6th
Batting
2B - Jed Lowrie (45, Maurer), Chris Young (18, Medina), Stephen Vogt (6, Maurer)
HR - Brandon Moss (30, Ruffin), Alberto Callaspo (10, Ruffin)
SF - Coco Crisp (8)
RBI - Coco Crisp (66), Brandon Moss 2 (86), Alberto Callaspo 2 (57)
2-OUT RBI - Brandon Moss 2 (36), Alberto Callaspo (36)
SB - Coco Crisp (21, 2nd base off Medina/Zunino), Chris Young (10, 3rd base off Medina/Zunino)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Josh Reddick 1
DP - Weeks-Lowrie-Moss
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jarrod Parker (L,12-8) 4.1777143 3.97
Jerry Blevins 0.2000000 3.15
Brett Anderson 1000100 6.04
Dan Otero 1000010 1.40
Jesse Chavez 1000100 3.99
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Parker 76-44, Jerry Blevins 6-4, Brett Anderson 17-9, Dan Otero 9-5, Jesse Chavez 9-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Parker 1-7, Brett Anderson 2-1, Dan Otero 1-1, Jesse Chavez 2-0
Batters Faced - Jarrod Parker 20, Jerry Blevins 2, Brett Anderson 4, Dan Otero 3, Jesse Chavez 3
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brad Miller, SS4225000 .262
Abraham Almonte, RF4000030 .264
Kyle Seager, 3B3000110 .260
Kendrys Morales, DH4000001 .279
Raul Ibanez, LF3100110 .244
   Michael Saunders, LF0000000 .239
Justin Smoak, 1B3112000 .237
Dustin Ackley, CF2110100 .253
Mike Zunino, C3110001 .219
Nick Franklin, 2B3120000 .227
Brandon Maurer, P0000000 .000
   Charlie Furbush, P0000000 .000
   Chance Ruffin, P0000000 .000
   Lucas Luetge, P0000000 .000
   Yoervis Medina, P0000000 .000
   Danny Farquhar, P0000000 .000
Totals2977735  
Batting
2B - Nick Franklin (20, Parker)
HR - Brad Miller 2 (8, Parker), Justin Smoak (20, Parker)
RBI - Brad Miller 5 (36), Justin Smoak 2 (50)
Team LOB - 1
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Maurer (W,5-8) 5.1622150 6.30
Charlie Furbush 0.2100110 3.74
Chance Ruffin 0.2233112 8.38
Lucas Luetge (H,1) 0.1000000 4.86
Yoervis Medina (H,19) 1100220 2.91
Danny Farquhar (S,16) 1000020 4.20
WP - Brandon Maurer (9)
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Maurer 103-66, Charlie Furbush 15-7, Chance Ruffin 25-15, Lucas Luetge 4-2, Yoervis Medina 25-13, Danny Farquhar 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Maurer 6-5, Charlie Furbush 1-0, Chance Ruffin 1-0, Yoervis Medina 1-0
Batters Faced - Brandon Maurer 23, Charlie Furbush 4, Chance Ruffin 5, Lucas Luetge 1, Yoervis Medina 6, Danny Farquhar 3
Game Information
Attendance - 17751
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Al Porter, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt