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Paxton takes shutout into 8th, Mariners stop A's

By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Baseball Writer
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) James Paxton pounded the strike zone to induce groundballs, and his defense dazzled behind him.

Paxton carried a shutout into the eighth inning and the Seattle Mariners held off a late rally by Oakland for a 6-5 win Tuesday night, handing the Athletics their fifth loss in six games.

''This young man's got greatness written all over him, he's just got to stay healthy,'' manager Lloyd McClendon said. ''I thought it was a dominant performance.''

Paxton (5-1) gave up three hits through the seventh. Ahead 6-0, he was chased in Oakland's three-run eighth, and the A's nearly got even in a harried ninth.

Seattle closer Fernando Rodney took over with a 6-3 lead and retired the first two batters. He then gave up consecutive doubles to Derek Norris and pinch-hitters Brandon Moss and Sam Fuld before retiring Josh Reddick on a grounder for his 40th save.

The A's remained 4 1/2 games back of the first-place Angels, who lost at Houston. Seattle is third in the AL wild-card standings.

Oakland didn't seem too concerned afterward.

''No matter what inning you score in, it was a one-run game. We're one swing of the bat away from winning it,'' Norris said. ''They didn't score for seven innings either. That's why you play all nine innings.''

The rubber game Wednesday afternoon between the division rivals and playoff contenders has the makings of quite a pitcher's duel. In a matchup of 13-game winners, Seattle ace Felix Hernandez faces Jon Lester.

Paxton allowed two runs and four hits in 7 2-3 innings. He improved to 8-1 with a 1.77 ERA in 12 career starts.

''I was just going at them with my fastball. They weren't making the adjustment and they were hitting groundballs and hitting it right at guys, so I just kept on pounding away,'' Paxton said. ''They got themselves out.''

Sonny Gray (13-8) gave up six runs and seven hits in five innings. He is 1-5 in seven outings since his 5-0 July earned him the AL Pitcher of the Month award. Gray came in 4-0 with a 1.10 ERA in his first five starts against the Mariners.

''I thought he pitched better than the numbers would suggest,'' manager Bob Melvin said.

Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer that helped the Mariners build a 6-0 lead.

A day after hitting a home run in his first at-bat since joining the A's, Adam Dunn had an RBI single as a pinch-hitter in the eighth to put Oakland on the board. Craig Gentry added a two-run double for his third hit.

Endy Chavez hit a two-run double in the fourth that slowly chopped through the middle of the infield. With second baseman Alberto Callaspo in shallow center trying to make a play, shortstop Jed Lowrie was late moving toward the bag and Chavez had already begun sliding into second and no throw was made.

Austin Jackson hit a two-run single in the third. Seager homered in the fifth, Gray's final inning.

''He's definitely one of those guys you have your hands full with,'' Seager said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: Chris Young (12-7), chased Monday after getting just two outs in the shortest outing of his career, will be evaluated during throwing sessions by manager Lloyd McClendon between starts to determine whether there's anything wrong physically with the 35-year-old right-hander. His 151 innings are his most since 173 in 2007 with San Diego.

''We actually talked yesterday. He assured me that he felt healthy, and I assured him that I would do what I thought was best for this club,'' McClendon said. ''I'm going to evaluate it in the next day or two and we'll make a decision. If I deem him 100 percent healthy, yes, he'll start. That's bullpen sessions, long toss, the whole nine yards.''

Athletics: CF Coco Crisp received trigger-point injections to help relieve tightness and pain in his stiff neck. ... C John Jaso (concussion) hit batting practice on the field and RHP closer Sean Doolittle (strained right intercostal) played catch.

UP NEXT

Mariners: Hernandez (13-5, 2.23) looks to end a three-start winless stretch in which he's 0-2 and bounce back from a loss to the Nationals after surrendering a career-high four home runs.

Athletics: Lester (13-9, 2.55) hasn't faced the Mariners this year after being acquired by the A's at the trade deadline. He took an 11-4 loss at Seattle on July 8, 2013, with Boston.

 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

C. Gentry
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Seattle

K. Seager
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Austin Jackson, CF4022000.271.325.378
Dustin Ackley, LF4000012.255.302.406
Robinson Cano, 2B4110002.321.388.460
Kyle Seager, 3B4112020.275.341.469
Kendrys Morales, DH4110010.227.270.326
Logan Morrison, 1B4120010.242.294.360
   Stefen Romero, PR0000000.196.240.310
   Justin Smoak, 1B0000000.205.275.347
Endy Chavez, RF1112100.281.323.386
   a-Chris Denorfia, PH-RF1000000.238.285.312
   b-James Jones, PH-RF0000000.253.282.306
Brad Miller, SS3100102.205.281.342
Jesus Sucre, C2000001.217.217.239
James Paxton, P0000000.000.000.000
   Yoervis Medina, P0000000.000.000.000
   Fernando Rodney, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3168625    
a-fouled out for Chavez in the 6th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Denorfia in the 9th
Batting
2B - Logan Morrison (13, Gray), Endy Chavez (12, Gray)
HR - Kyle Seager (21, Gray)
SH - James Jones (4), Jesus Sucre (3)
RBI - Austin Jackson 2 (42), Kyle Seager 2 (84), Endy Chavez 2 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Kyle Seager 2 (31)
SB - Austin Jackson (15, 2nd base off Gray/Soto)
CS - Stefen Romero (4, 3rd base by Cook/Soto)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Cano-Miller-Morrison, Cano-Miller-Morrison-Miller-Cano-Morrison, Cano-Miller-Morrison-Miller-Cano-Morrison-Seager-Cano-Morrison
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
James Paxton (W,5-1) 7.2422320 1.91
Yoervis Medina 0.1211010 2.27
Fernando Rodney (S,40) 1322020 2.56
WP - James Paxton (3), Yoervis Medina (6)
Pitches-Strikes - James Paxton 92-53, Yoervis Medina 13-10, Fernando Rodney 19-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Paxton 11-6, Fernando Rodney 1-0
Batters Faced - James Paxton 26, Yoervis Medina 3, Fernando Rodney 6
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Craig Gentry, CF4032000.259.318.295
Jed Lowrie, SS4000012.239.316.352
Josh Donaldson, 3B4000021.257.346.467
Jonny Gomes, LF3010001.238.332.340
   a-Stephen Vogt, PH1000010.301.339.473
Derek Norris, DH4220011.275.367.428
Nate Freiman, 1B2000101.232.295.536
   b-Brandon Moss, PH1111000.244.340.452
Geovany Soto, C2000101.245.288.367
   c-Sam Fuld, PH1011000.255.335.358
Josh Reddick, RF3100102.252.310.424
Alberto Callaspo, 2B2000000.227.291.295
   d-Adam Dunn, PH1011000.226.345.444
   Eric Sogard, PR-2B0100000.222.305.276
Sonny Gray, P0000000.000.000.000
   Drew Pomeranz, P0000000.000.000.000
   Ryan Cook, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3259535    
a-struck out for Gomes in the 9th
b-doubled for Freiman in the 9th
c-doubled for Soto in the 9th
d-singled for Callaspo in the 8th
Batting
2B - Craig Gentry (6, Medina), Derek Norris (19, Rodney), Brandon Moss (21, Rodney), Sam Fuld (14, Rodney)
RBI - Craig Gentry 2 (12), Brandon Moss (77), Sam Fuld (27), Adam Dunn (57)
2-OUT RBI - Craig Gentry 2 (8), Brandon Moss (34), Sam Fuld (14), Adam Dunn (20)
CS - Craig Gentry (2, 2nd base by Paxton/Sucre)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Freiman-Lowrie
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Sonny Gray (L,13-8) 5766221 3.25
Drew Pomeranz 3100030 2.53
Ryan Cook 1000000 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Sonny Gray 80-52, Drew Pomeranz 31-23, Ryan Cook 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sonny Gray 8-4, Drew Pomeranz 4-2, Ryan Cook 1-1
Batters Faced - Sonny Gray 23, Drew Pomeranz 10, Ryan Cook 2
Game Information
Attendance - 23859
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Adam Hamari, Third Base - Quinn Wolcott