Gordon gives Ichiro fitting tribute in Mariners' win vs A's

SEATTLE (AP) Dee Gordon had ''Thanks 51'' on his cap, and in his first at-bat hours after the Mariners announced Ichiro Suzuki's move from the roster to the front office, he held his bat out in front of him and paused, just like the Seattle franchise icon.

Then, as Suzuki had done for so many years at Safeco Field, the Mariners' new leadoff man legged out an infield single, stole a base, and scored the first Seattle run in a 4-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night.

It was a fitting tribute to the longtime Japanese star. Gordon went 3 for 4, stole two bases, scored twice and set the table for the three-run third inning punctuated by Nelson Cruz's two-run homer off emerging A's ace Sean Manaea, who threw this season's only no-hitter April 21 against Boston.

''Whenever he gets on base he causes havoc,'' Manaea said of Gordon. ''The more you can get him off the bases the better. It's always in the back of your head when he's on base. He's super-fast. I tried everything I could today.''

Gordon opened the first with the infield hit and stolen base, Jean Segura sacrificed Gordon to third, and Robinson Cano singled him in to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead.

Gordon did more damage in the third when he led off with a double. Segura and Cano then repeated the sequence from the first inning, with Segura bunting and Cano singling. Cruz followed with a shot over the right-center field wall for his seventh home run of the year and a 4-0 lead.

''It's more relaxing as a hitter when you get those guys on base in front of you,'' Cruz said. ''Dee got on base and Segura found a way to get him to third, so that makes it easy to drive in runs and put pressure on them.''

Wade LeBlanc pitch four innings of three-hit ball in his first start since transitioning from the bullpen following Erasmo Ramirez's injury. Chasen Bradford (3-0) followed by allowing a run over 2 1/3 innings on a homer by Stephen Piscotty.

James Pazos, Juan Nicasio and Edwin Diaz took care of the rest. Diaz handled the ninth for his major league-leading 13th save.

Manaea (4-3), who came into the game with a 1.03 ERA and the lowest opponents' batting average (.134) in the majors, gave up four runs and six hits while striking out five in six innings.

Meanwhile, Gordon, who played with and befriended Suzuki while the two were with the Miami Marlins, said his paean was something that came from the heart.

''I knew I'd be hitting first, and me and Ichi have a good relationship,'' Gordon said. ''I just wanted to show my thanks for the things he's done for me.''

ICHIRO MOVES ON

Suzuki was released by the Mariners and is shifting into a front office role with the team, although he is not completely shutting the door on playing again.

The Mariners announced that Suzuki was becoming a special assistant to the chairman, effective immediately. The team said Suzuki will have an active presence with the team and assist with outfield play, baserunning and hitting.

But nowhere in the announcement do they say the 44-year-old is retiring, although Suzuki is precluded from returning to the active roster in 2018.

ROSTER MOVE

Mariners: Seattle selected RHP Erik Goeddel from Triple-A Tacoma to take Suzuki's spot on the active roster. Goeddel was 1-0 with four saves and a 0.00 ERA in nine games with Tacoma.

UP NEXT:

A's: RHP Daniel Mengden (2-3, 4.68 ERA) gets the start for Oakland in Friday's series opener at home vs. Baltimore. Mengden is 2-1 with a 3.74 ERA over his last four starts after going 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA in his first two outings of the season.

Mariners: Seattle welcomes the Angels for a three-game weekend series, with RHP Mike Leake (3-2, 6.48) slated to start Friday night's opener. Leake got the win in his last start in Cleveland on April 28, going six innings and giving up four runs on six hits.

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123456789RHE
OAK15-16
000010000161
SEA18-12
10300000X470
  • W: C. Bradford (3-0)L: S. Manaea (4-3)S: E. Diaz (13)
  • HR: OAK - S. Piscotty (2), SEA - N. Cruz (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Semien SS40000011.267.322.405.726-0.5
M. Canha CF40000021.317.368.603.971-1.0
J. Lowrie 2B40200020.346.399.6141.0131.0
K. Davis DH30100101.223.312.455.7662.0
M. Chapman 3B40000013.243.336.478.814-0.5
M. Olson 1B30000003.255.347.377.7240.0
S. Piscotty RF31111001.269.333.394.7286.0
C. Pinder LF20100000.280.333.520.8530.0
a- M. Joyce PH-LF10000010.203.355.365.720-0.5
J. Lucroy C30100021.262.333.345.6791.0
  • a-struck out for Pinder in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Gordon CF42300000.355.380.452.83110.0
J. Segura SS20000001.290.318.435.7540.0
R. Cano 2B41220001.299.411.449.8595.0
N. Cruz DH31121000.262.295.583.8798.0
M. Haniger RF40100002.299.379.6541.0331.0
K. Seager 3B30000012.241.299.414.7130.5
R. Healy 1B30000022.204.220.490.710-1.0
M. Zunino C30000032.163.200.419.619-1.5
G. Heredia LF30000000.281.385.500.8850.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Lucroy (7)
    • HR - S. Piscotty (2)
    • RBI - S. Piscotty (13)
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Gordon (7)
    • HR - N. Cruz (7)
    • SH - J. Segura 2 (2)
    • RBI - R. Cano 2 (16), N. Cruz 2 (16)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - C. Pinder
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - D. Gordon 2 (14)
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Lucroy (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Manaea (L, 4-3)6.06440511.630.665.5
    L. Trivino1.01000001.131.252.0
    S. Casilla1.00000103.000.423.5
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Manaea (L, 4-3)6.0
    L. Trivino1.0
    S. Casilla1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    W. LeBlanc4.03001303.631.339.5
    C. Bradford (W, 3-0)2.11110212.130.8712.0
    J. Pazos (H, 3)0.20000001.640.820.0
    J. Nicasio (H, 12)1.01000303.860.863.5
    E. Diaz (S, 13)1.01000101.040.759.5
    PITCHERSIP
    W. LeBlanc4.0
    C. Bradford (W, 3-0)2.1
    J. Pazos (H, 3)0.2
    J. Nicasio (H, 12)1.0
    E. Diaz (S, 13)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - S. Manaea (4)
    • HBP - S. Manaea 2 (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Manaea 84-54, L. Trivino 13-7, S. Casilla 13-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Manaea 8-5, L. Trivino 3-0, S. Casilla 1-1
    • Batters Faced - S. Manaea 26, L. Trivino 4, S. Casilla 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - W. LeBlanc 70-44, C. Bradford 32-23, J. Pazos 9-6, J. Nicasio 22-14, E. Diaz 16-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. LeBlanc 3-5, C. Bradford 3-2, J. Pazos 1-1, E. Diaz 1-0
    • Batters Faced - W. LeBlanc 15, C. Bradford 8, J. Pazos 2, J. Nicasio 4, E. Diaz 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    OAK15-16
    000010000161
    SEA18-12
    10300000X470
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS40000011.267.322.405.726-0.5
    M. Canha CF40000021.317.368.603.971-1.0
    J. Lowrie 2B40200020.346.399.6141.0131.0
    K. Davis DH30100101.223.312.455.7662.0
    M. Chapman 3B40000013.243.336.478.814-0.5
    M. Olson 1B30000003.255.347.377.7240.0
    S. Piscotty RF31111001.269.333.394.7286.0
    C. Pinder LF20100000.280.333.520.8530.0
    a- M. Joyce PH-LF10000010.203.355.365.720-0.5
    J. Lucroy C30100021.262.333.345.6791.0
    Total3116111911-----
    HITTERSAB
    M. Semien SS4
    M. Canha CF4
    J. Lowrie 2B4
    K. Davis DH3
    M. Chapman 3B4
    M. Olson 1B3
    S. Piscotty RF3
    C. Pinder LF2
    a- M. Joyce PH-LF1
    J. Lucroy C3
    Total31
    • a-struck out for Pinder in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Gordon CF42300000.355.380.452.83110.0
    J. Segura SS20000001.290.318.435.7540.0
    R. Cano 2B41220001.299.411.449.8595.0
    N. Cruz DH31121000.262.295.583.8798.0
    M. Haniger RF40100002.299.379.6541.0331.0
    K. Seager 3B30000012.241.299.414.7130.5
    R. Healy 1B30000022.204.220.490.710-1.0
    M. Zunino C30000032.163.200.419.619-1.5
    G. Heredia LF30000000.281.385.500.8850.0
    Total2947410610-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Lucroy (7)
      • HR - S. Piscotty (2)
      • RBI - S. Piscotty (13)
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Gordon (7)
      • HR - N. Cruz (7)
      • SH - J. Segura 2 (2)
      • RBI - R. Cano 2 (16), N. Cruz 2 (16)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - C. Pinder
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Gordon 2 (14)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Lucroy (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Manaea (L, 4-3)6.06440511.630.665.5
      L. Trivino1.01000001.131.252.0
      S. Casilla1.00000103.000.423.5
      Total8.0744061---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Manaea (L, 4-3)6.0
      L. Trivino1.0
      S. Casilla1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      W. LeBlanc4.03001303.631.339.5
      C. Bradford (W, 3-0)2.11110212.130.8712.0
      J. Pazos (H, 3)0.20000001.640.820.0
      J. Nicasio (H, 12)1.01000303.860.863.5
      E. Diaz (S, 13)1.01000101.040.759.5
      Total9.0611191---
      PITCHERSIP
      W. LeBlanc4.0
      C. Bradford (W, 3-0)2.1
      J. Pazos (H, 3)0.2
      J. Nicasio (H, 12)1.0
      E. Diaz (S, 13)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Manaea (4)
      • HBP - S. Manaea 2 (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Manaea 84-54, L. Trivino 13-7, S. Casilla 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Manaea 8-5, L. Trivino 3-0, S. Casilla 1-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Manaea 26, L. Trivino 4, S. Casilla 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - W. LeBlanc 70-44, C. Bradford 32-23, J. Pazos 9-6, J. Nicasio 22-14, E. Diaz 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. LeBlanc 3-5, C. Bradford 3-2, J. Pazos 1-1, E. Diaz 1-0
      • Batters Faced - W. LeBlanc 15, C. Bradford 8, J. Pazos 2, J. Nicasio 4, E. Diaz 3
      • 5TH INNING
        Piscotty homered to center14
      • 3RD INNING
        Cruz homered to center, Cano scored04
        Cano singled to center, Gordon scored02
      • 1ST INNING
        Cano singled to left, Gordon scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Edwin Diaz relieved Juan Nicasio
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowrie singled to right
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Davis grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Lowrie out at second
        • M. Chapman: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Juan Nicasio relieved James Pazos
        • Matt Joyce hit for Chad Pinder
        • M. Joyce: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Joyce struck out swinging
        • J. Lucroy: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lucroy doubled to right
        • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Semien struck out looking
        • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Canha struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Santiago Casilla relieved Lou Trivino
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz grounded out to third
        • M. Haniger: Strike swinging, Haniger flied out to left
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Seager struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Bradford Pitching:
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Chapman flied out to right
        • James Pazos relieved Chasen Bradford
        • M. Olson: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Olson grounded out to third
        • S. Piscotty: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Piscotty flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Lou Trivino relieved Sean Manaea
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Heredia grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Gordon: Gordon singled to center
        • J. Segura: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball (pitchout), Gordon stole second, Gordon to third on catcher Lucroy fielding error, Cano grounded out to third
        • R. Cano: Ball, Ball, Cano grounded out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Bradford Pitching:
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Strike looking, Canha grounded out to third
        • J. Lowrie: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Davis grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Cruz popped out to second
        • M. Haniger: Foul, Haniger singled to left
        • K. Seager: Ball, Seager hit by pitch, Haniger to second
        • R. Healy: Ball, Haniger to third, Seager to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
        • M. Zunino: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Chasen Bradford relieved Wade LeBlanc
        • S. Piscotty: Piscotty homered to center
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Ball, Pinder popped out to shortstop
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Semien grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gordon grounded out to second
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Segura flied out to right
        • R. Cano: Cano grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
        • M. Canha: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging
        • J. Lowrie: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Lowrie singled to right center
        • K. Davis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis walked, Lowrie to second
        • M. Chapman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Chapman flied out to deep left
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Olson grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Zunino struck out on foul tip
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Heredia lined out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
        • C. Pinder: Foul, Pinder singled to left
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Lucroy struck out looking, Pinder caught stealing, catcher to second
        • M. Semien: Ball, Semien grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • D. Gordon: Strike swinging, Gordon doubled to right
        • J. Segura: Segura hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Gordon to third
        • R. Cano: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cano singled to center, Gordon scored
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz homered to center, Cano scored
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Haniger grounded out to third
        • K. Seager: Seager grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Davis reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Chapman flied out to deep center
        • M. Olson: Foul, Olson flied out to center
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Piscotty grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Healy grounded out to third
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
        • G. Heredia: Foul, Heredia grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Semien flied out to deep center
        • M. Canha: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Canha lined out to left
        • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Lowrie struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Gordon reached on an infield single to first
        • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Gordon stole second, Strike looking, Segura hit sacrifice bunt to third, Gordon to third
        • R. Cano: Cano singled to left, Gordon scored
        • N. Cruz: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Cruz hit by pitch, Cano to second
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Haniger lined out to right, Cano to third
        • K. Seager: Strike looking, Seager flied out to left
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)