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Seattle at Oakland

W: W. LeBlanc (2-0) L: Z. Neal (2-2)
HR: SEA - A. Lind (17)   OAK - R. Healy (5),K. Davis (30),B. Eibner (5)

Seager drives in 4, Mariners beat A's for 8th win in 9 games

Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) After more than two weeks of close games decided by three runs or fewer, the Seattle Mariners finally had a relaxing ninth inning.

Seattle also inched closer to division-leading Texas - a small but significant step for manager Scott Servais' ballclub.

Kyle Seager doubled twice and drove in four runs and the Mariners won for the eighth time in nine games, beating the Oakland Athletics 8-4 on Sunday.

''It's nice to build a little bit of a lead there and really let our pitchers settle in and not throw quite as many stressful pitches,'' Seager said. ''We've been putting pretty good at-bats, top to bottom. I like the way our offense is swinging the bat.''

Adam Lind homered, Nori Aoki had three singles and Shawn O'Malley added two hits and scored twice for Seattle.

The Mariners moved within 5 1/2 games of AL West-leading Texas, matching the closest they've been to the division leaders since early June.

''A lot of guys chipped in, contributed,'' Servais said. ''We needed it. To go out and win the series, you need to score a few runs in the last game, and we got it done today.''

Wade LeBlanc (2-0) gave up three runs over six innings to earn his second win since being acquired from Toronto in June. The lefty struck out seven and walked one.

Khris Davis hit his third home run in three days. He became the first A's player with at least 30 homers since Brandon Moss hit 30 in 2013.

''I'm just trying to do me and help the club out and have fun with the boys,'' Davis said.

Ryon Healy and Brett Eibner also homered for the A's.

Zach Neal (2-2) allowed five runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Every Seattle player except designated hitter Dae-Ho Lee had at least one hit. Lee, a late lineup addition, was hit by a pitch in the fourth.

Lind homered in the second. Seager hit an RBI double in the third and a three-run double in the sixth.

The Mariners also scored in the fourth after an inning-ending double play was overturned by replay. O'Malley singled in Lee following the reversal.


Lind is significantly bigger than O'Malley but it hardly mattered when the Mariners first baseman and shortstop collided chasing a pop-up near the mound in the third inning. Lind crashed to the ground while O'Malley, who made the catch, barely moved. Second baseman Robinson Cano helped Lind to his feet then playfully held up two fingers to see if Lind was coherent.

''Shawn always talks about he was a really good football player, that he might have been a better football player than baseball player in high school,'' Seager said. ''I'm kind of starting to believe him. But he kind of hit a helpless receiver there.''


Mariners: Lee was in the lineup after Seth Smith was a late scratch due to a right foot contusion. ... James Paxton emerged from his bullpen session feeling fine and is slated to start Tuesday in Anaheim. Paxton was hit in his left elbow by a line drive in his previous outing Aug. 7.

Athletics: Right-hander Jesse Hahn (right shoulder strain) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday.


Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez (6-4) pitches Monday in Anaheim and will be going for his 16th career win against the Angels.

Athletics: LHP Ross Detwiler (1-0) makes his second start for Oakland when the A's open a three-game series in Texas on Monday. Detwiler pitched eight scoreless innings against Baltimore in his debut on Aug. 10.

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Players of the Game

K. Davis
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

K. Seager
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Seattle Mariners
Norichika Aoki, LF5131002.254.323.328
Kyle Seager, 3B5124002.284.359.515
Robinson Cano, 2B4011111.294.349.521
Nelson Cruz, RF5010023.284.366.539
Adam Lind, 1B4111102.232.272.441
Dae-Ho Lee, DH4100013.249.309.445
Leonys Martin, CF4110001.239.304.390
Mike Zunino, C4110011.250.394.625
Shawn O'Malley, SS3221101.255.325.379
Wade LeBlanc, P0000000.000.000.000
   Drew Storen, P0000000.000.000.000
   Arquimedes Caminero, P0000000.000.000.000
   Nick Vincent, P0000000.000.000.000
2B - Kyle Seager 2 (31, Neal), Shawn O'Malley (8, Neal)
HR - Adam Lind (17, Neal)
RBI - Norichika Aoki (14), Kyle Seager 4 (77), Robinson Cano (74), Adam Lind (46), Shawn O'Malley (15)
2-OUT RBI - Norichika Aoki (7), Shawn O'Malley (11)
SB - Leonys Martin (12, 2nd base off Coulombe/Maxwell), Shawn O'Malley (5, 2nd base off Neal/Maxwell)
Team LOB - 7
Seattle Mariners
Wade LeBlanc (W,2-0) 6533172 4.68
Drew Storen 1111011 6.05
Arquimedes Caminero 1200020 3.06
Nick Vincent 1100000 3.15
Pitches-Strikes - Wade LeBlanc 92-62, Drew Storen 11-8, Arquimedes Caminero 16-12, Nick Vincent 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade LeBlanc 5-6, Drew Storen 1-1, Nick Vincent 1-2
Batters Faced - Wade LeBlanc 24, Drew Storen 4, Arquimedes Caminero 5, Nick Vincent 4
Oakland Athletics
Marcus Semien, SS5010021.242.302.452
Jake Smolinski, CF4000011.275.342.425
Danny Valencia, 1B-3B4120011.291.341.463
Khris Davis, LF4122012.254.294.516
Billy Butler, DH4010011.292.342.431
Ryon Healy, 3B2111100.229.260.438
   a-Yonder Alonso, PH-1B1000012.258.316.365
Brett Eibner, RF4111012.220.276.451
Tyler Ladendorf, 2B2000000.067.087.067
   b-Max Muncy, PH-2B2010000.217.308.333
Bruce Maxwell, C3000020.100.143.150
   c-Stephen Vogt, PH1000001.274.320.432
Zach Neal, P0000000.000.000.000
   Daniel Coulombe, P0000000.000.000.000
   Chris Smith, P0000000.000.000.000
a-struck out for Healy in the 8th
b-lined out for Ladendorf in the 7th
c-flied out for Maxwell in the 9th
2B - Marcus Semien (14, LeBlanc)
HR - Khris Davis (30, LeBlanc), Ryon Healy (5, LeBlanc), Brett Eibner (5, Storen)
RBI - Khris Davis 2 (75), Ryon Healy (13), Brett Eibner (12)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Jake Smolinski 1
Oakland Athletics
Zach Neal (L,2-2) 5.1855111 5.19
Daniel Coulombe 2.2433130 4.99
Chris Smith 1000110 3.60
HBP - D. Lee (by Zach Neal)
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Neal 74-45, Daniel Coulombe 45-31, Chris Smith 13-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Neal 7-8, Daniel Coulombe 3-1
Batters Faced - Zach Neal 26, Daniel Coulombe 12, Chris Smith 4
Game Information
Attendance - 21203
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Chris Guccione