A's edge Mariners to pull within 1 game of 1st in AL West

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Another solid outing from Mike Fiers and Jed Lowrie's 100th career home run helped the surging Oakland Athletics move a step closer to first place in the AL West.

The Seattle Mariners, who were eight games ahead of Oakland six weeks weeks ago, are just trying to stick around in the wild-card race, a task that got a little tougher following an injury to ace James Paxton's pitching arm.

Jed Lowrie hit a two-run homer after his line drive knocked Paxton out of the game in the first inning, and Oakland beat Seattle 3-2 on Tuesday night to move within one game of the slumping Houston Astros.

Fiers (8-6) gave up two runs on six hits in six innings with five strikeouts in his second start since being acquired in a trade from Detroit.

Oakland won its fourth straight and improved to 17-6 since the All-Star break. The Astros have been in first since June 14 and led by as many as six games in late July, while the A's haven't had a share of first place this late in a season since Aug. 25, 2014.

''We feel good,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. ''We've got some confidence, obviously, because of the stretch. But I don't think anybody's thinking about that right now. We're just trying to win.''

It got a bit easier after Paxton's early exit. He allowed a home run to Marcus Semien and struck out Matt Chapman before Lowrie lined a 2-1 pitch up the middle that hit the left-hander.

''It got all muscle,'' Paxton said. ''It's just swollen right now. It tightened up right away. By the time I walked off the mound it was starting to puff up.''

Mariners manager Scott Servais said Paxton will miss at least one start.

''We'll know more in the next coming days and how the swelling is,'' Servais said. ''It's unfortunate, but looking on the bright side, we probably got a little lucky. It could have been a lot, lot worse.''

Felix Hernandez replaced Paxton in the first relief appearance of his career after 398 starts. The former Cy Young Award winner, who has struggled all year and was demoted to the bullpen last week, allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings.

''It was weird,'' Hernandez said. ''I just grabbed the ball and tried to throw as many pitches as I could, trying to get loose. I know my body, I know my arm. I was ready to go.''

Hernandez's stay in the bullpen might not last long. He's expected to take Paxton's turn in the rotation until the left-hander returns.

''Paxton has been a horse for us all year. He's had a great season,'' Servais said. ''But there's nothing you can do. It was a comebacker that was hit really hard. I knew right away when I went out there it wasn't going to be good.''

Robinson Cano returned to Seattle's lineup after serving an 80-game suspension for using a diuretic that can mask performance-enhancing drugs. The eight-time All-Star batted second and played first base, going 1 for 4.

Four Oakland relievers combined to pitch three scoreless innings. Blake Treinen worked the ninth for his 32nd save in 36 opportunities.

Hernandez (8-11) walked Khris Davis but pitched out of the jam in the first. He ran into trouble in the third after a two-out walk to Chapman. Lowrie followed with his 19th homer this season.

''It was a pretty good curveball. I think he was sitting on it,'' Hernandez said. ''I just have to attack the hitters, attack the strike zone and make good pitches.''

Cameron Maybin homered for Seattle.

ODDS AND ENDS

The A's are 38-12 since June 16, their best 50-game stretch since 2005. ... Semien's leadoff homer was the second of his career. The other came Sept. 26, 2017 and was also off Paxton. ... Maybin has a nine-game hitting streak.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: 2B Dee Gordon was back in the lineup after sitting out the series opener with a bruised right shoulder he suffered sliding into a base in Houston on Sunday.

UP NEXT

Seattle RHP Mike Leake (8-7, 4.11 ERA) seeks his first win in three starts against Oakland this season. Leake has five consecutive quality starts. LHP Brett Anderson (2-3, 4.53) is 2-1 since coming off the disabled list.

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SEA69-52
100010000290
OAK72-48
10200000X380
  • W: M. Fiers (8-6)L: F. Hernandez (8-11)S: B. Treinen (32)
  • HR: SEA - C. Maybin (4), OAK - J. Lowrie (19), M. Semien (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Haniger RF41100020.279.365.479.8452.0
R. Cano 1B40100001.286.382.435.8171.0
J. Segura SS40000022.309.339.433.772-1.0
N. Cruz DH40110010.268.353.545.8981.5
D. Span LF40200001.280.359.446.8063.0
K. Seager 3B40100001.227.276.413.6891.0
M. Zunino C40100013.201.256.429.6851.5
C. Maybin CF31111011.253.333.340.6735.5
D. Gordon 2B30100001.278.300.339.6390.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS41211000.265.324.392.7167.0
    M. Chapman 3B31100112.280.366.509.8763.5
    J. Lowrie 2B41221002.273.351.472.8238.0
    K. Davis DH30000111.257.333.557.8900.5
    M. Canha 1B0000-000.256.331.450.000-
    a- M. Olson PH-1B30100102.236.325.440.7663.0
    C. Pinder LF40000013.249.325.428.753-0.5
    S. Piscotty RF30100001.253.314.441.7552.0
    J. Lucroy C30000001.240.299.323.6210.0
    R. Laureano CF30100020.261.261.261.5220.0
    • a-grounded into a double play for Canha in the 1st
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Haniger (26), D. Span (17), M. Zunino (10)
    • HR - C. Maybin (4)
    • RBI - N. Cruz (77), C. Maybin (23)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Cruz (30)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Span, M. Zunino 3 (3), D. Gordon
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Chapman (27), M. Olson (23), S. Piscotty (30)
    • HR - M. Semien (10), J. Lowrie (19)
    • RBI - M. Semien (45), J. Lowrie 2 (76)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Lowrie 2 (30)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Lowrie, C. Pinder 2 (2), S. Piscotty, J. Lucroy
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - D. Gordon (9)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Gordon-Segura-Cano; Seager-Gordon-Cano)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Chapman-Lowrie-Olson)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Paxton0.12110113.681.11-2.5
    F. Hernandez (L, 8-11)5.25222215.621.432.0
    N. Vincent1.00000104.421.193.5
    A. Warren1.01001102.781.371.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Paxton0.1
    F. Hernandez (L, 8-11)5.2
    N. Vincent1.0
    A. Warren1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Fiers (W, 8-6)6.06220513.381.2022.5
    R. Buchter (H, 11)0.10000003.461.420.0
    Y. Petit (H, 12)0.20000003.191.020.0
    F. Rodney (H, 1)1.01000102.891.352.5
    B. Treinen (S, 32)1.02000100.890.988.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Fiers (W, 8-6)6.0
    R. Buchter (H, 11)0.1
    Y. Petit (H, 12)0.2
    F. Rodney (H, 1)1.0
    B. Treinen (S, 32)1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - A. Warren
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 13-8, F. Hernandez 87-58, N. Vincent 6-6, A. Warren 14-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Hernandez 8-5, A. Warren 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 3, F. Hernandez 22, N. Vincent 3, A. Warren 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 78-57, R. Buchter 3-2, Y. Petit 5-3, F. Rodney 15-8, B. Treinen 9-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 8-4, R. Buchter 1-0, Y. Petit 1-1, B. Treinen 2-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 23, R. Buchter, Y. Petit 2, F. Rodney 3, B. Treinen 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    SEA69-52
    100010000290
    OAK72-48
    10200000X380
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Haniger RF41100020.279.365.479.8452.0
    R. Cano 1B40100001.286.382.435.8171.0
    J. Segura SS40000022.309.339.433.772-1.0
    N. Cruz DH40110010.268.353.545.8981.5
    D. Span LF40200001.280.359.446.8063.0
    K. Seager 3B40100001.227.276.413.6891.0
    M. Zunino C40100013.201.256.429.6851.5
    C. Maybin CF31111011.253.333.340.6735.5
    D. Gordon 2B30100001.278.300.339.6390.0
    Total3429210710-----
    HITTERSAB
    M. Haniger RF4
    R. Cano 1B4
    J. Segura SS4
    N. Cruz DH4
    D. Span LF4
    K. Seager 3B4
    M. Zunino C4
    C. Maybin CF3
    D. Gordon 2B3
    Total34
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Semien SS41211000.265.324.392.7167.0
      M. Chapman 3B31100112.280.366.509.8763.5
      J. Lowrie 2B41221002.273.351.472.8238.0
      K. Davis DH30000111.257.333.557.8900.5
      M. Canha 1B0000-000.256.331.450.000-
      a- M. Olson PH-1B30100102.236.325.440.7663.0
      C. Pinder LF40000013.249.325.428.753-0.5
      S. Piscotty RF30100001.253.314.441.7552.0
      J. Lucroy C30000001.240.299.323.6210.0
      R. Laureano CF30100020.261.261.261.5220.0
      Total3038323512-----
      • a-grounded into a double play for Canha in the 1st
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Haniger (26), D. Span (17), M. Zunino (10)
      • HR - C. Maybin (4)
      • RBI - N. Cruz (77), C. Maybin (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Cruz (30)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Span, M. Zunino 3 (3), D. Gordon
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Chapman (27), M. Olson (23), S. Piscotty (30)
      • HR - M. Semien (10), J. Lowrie (19)
      • RBI - M. Semien (45), J. Lowrie 2 (76)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Lowrie 2 (30)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Lowrie, C. Pinder 2 (2), S. Piscotty, J. Lucroy
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - D. Gordon (9)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Gordon-Segura-Cano; Seager-Gordon-Cano)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Chapman-Lowrie-Olson)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Paxton0.12110113.681.11-2.5
      F. Hernandez (L, 8-11)5.25222215.621.432.0
      N. Vincent1.00000104.421.193.5
      A. Warren1.01001102.781.371.5
      Total8.0833352---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Paxton0.1
      F. Hernandez (L, 8-11)5.2
      N. Vincent1.0
      A. Warren1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fiers (W, 8-6)6.06220513.381.2022.5
      R. Buchter (H, 11)0.10000003.461.420.0
      Y. Petit (H, 12)0.20000003.191.020.0
      F. Rodney (H, 1)1.01000102.891.352.5
      B. Treinen (S, 32)1.02000100.890.988.5
      Total9.0922071---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fiers (W, 8-6)6.0
      R. Buchter (H, 11)0.1
      Y. Petit (H, 12)0.2
      F. Rodney (H, 1)1.0
      B. Treinen (S, 32)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - A. Warren
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 13-8, F. Hernandez 87-58, N. Vincent 6-6, A. Warren 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Hernandez 8-5, A. Warren 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 3, F. Hernandez 22, N. Vincent 3, A. Warren 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 78-57, R. Buchter 3-2, Y. Petit 5-3, F. Rodney 15-8, B. Treinen 9-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 8-4, R. Buchter 1-0, Y. Petit 1-1, B. Treinen 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 23, R. Buchter, Y. Petit 2, F. Rodney 3, B. Treinen 5
      • 5TH INNING
        Maybin homered to left23
      • 3RD INNING
        Lowrie homered to right, Chapman scored13
      • 1ST INNING
        Semien homered to left11
        Cruz singled to shallow right, Haniger scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Blake Treinen relieved Fernando Rodney
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz grounded out to pitcher
        • D. Span: Foul, Span singled to right center
        • K. Seager: Seager singled to left, Span to second
        • M. Zunino: Zunino grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Fernando Rodney relieved Yusmeiro Petit
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon singled to right
        • M. Haniger: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Gordon caught stealing, catcher to second, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
        • R. Cano: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cano fouled out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Adam Warren relieved Nick Vincent
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Chapman doubled to left center
        • J. Lowrie: Lowrie flied out to deep center, Chapman to third
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • M. Olson: Olson intentionally walked
        • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Ball, Pinder grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Olson out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Ryan Buchter relieved Mike Fiers
        • K. Seager: Ball, Foul, Seager grounded out to second
        • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Ryan Buchter
        • M. Zunino: Strike swinging, Ball, Zunino grounded out to third
        • C. Maybin: Ball, Maybin flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Nick Vincent relieved Felix Hernandez
        • J. Lucroy: Lucroy fouled out to right
        • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Laureano struck out swinging
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien flied out to deep center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
        • N. Cruz: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • D. Span: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Span grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Davis fouled out to catcher
        • M. Olson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Olson doubled to deep right
        • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Piscotty grounded out to catcher
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • C. Maybin: Maybin homered to left
        • D. Gordon: Foul, Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
        • R. Cano: Cano flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • R. Laureano: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Laureano singled to left
        • M. Semien: Ball, Semien reached on an infield single to shortstop, Laureano to second
        • M. Chapman: Chapman grounded into double play third to second to first, Laureano to third, Semien out at second
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Foul, Lowrie grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Cruz grounded out to first
        • D. Span: Ball, Strike looking, Span doubled to deep right center
        • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Seager grounded out to shortstop, Span to third
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • M. Olson: Foul, Foul, Olson grounded out to second
        • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pinder grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Piscotty: Piscotty doubled to deep left
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy fouled out to catcher
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Haniger flied out to center
        • R. Cano: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cano singled to left center
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Segura grounded into double play third to second to first, Cano out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Laureano struck out swinging
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Semien grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Chapman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Chapman walked
        • J. Lowrie: Lowrie homered to right, Chapman scored
        • K. Davis: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Davis popped out to second
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • K. Seager: Foul, Ball, Ball, Seager lined out to right
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike swinging, Zunino doubled to left center
        • C. Maybin: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Maybin struck out swinging
        • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon lined out to first
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Pinder flied out to right
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Piscotty grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Lucroy lined out to center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Haniger doubled to deep left
        • R. Cano: Ball, Cano grounded out to shortstop, Haniger to third
        • J. Segura: Ball, Segura grounded out to second
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cruz singled to shallow right, Haniger scored
        • D. Span: Span grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Paxton Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Semien homered to left
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Foul, Lowrie reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • Felix Hernandez relieved James Paxton
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Davis walked, Lowrie to second
        • Matt Olson hit for Mark Canha
        • M. Olson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Olson grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Davis out at second
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)