Piscotty, A's beat Seattle 8-2 to increase wild-card lead

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) With the September stretch run under way, the Oakland Athletics want to leave nothing to chance when it comes to their playoff hopes.

Splitting a four-game series and staying well ahead of the Seattle Mariners mattered so much with both clubs in contention.

Stephen Piscotty homered twice and matched his career high with five RBIs as the A's widened their lead over the Mariners for the second AL wild-card spot, beating them 8-2 Sunday. Oakland moved 5 1/2 games ahead of Seattle.

''This is probably one of the biggest wins that we've had all season,'' pitcher Edwin Jackson said. ''It was definitely a must-win game.''

Jackson (5-3) allowed one run on three hits in six innings. He improved to 5-0 with a 1.30 ERA in five career starts against the Mariners.

A's reliever Fernando Rodney surrendered Ryon Healy's two-out RBI single in the eighth then Blake Treinen recorded four outs for his 35th save.

Seattle starter Felix Hernandez (8-13) is 0-7 over nine outings since beating the Royals on June 30.

A day after the Mariners held on for an 8-7 win, they took a 1-0 lead into the fifth before Piscotty tied it with a solo shot. He added a sacrifice fly in a four-run sixth.

''Disappointing way to finish the series,'' Mariners manager Scott Servais said. ''Big win last night, obviously big sway game today, where we're at in the standings if you could pull this this one out, but we didn't get enough going offensively to make that happen.''

Piscotty hit his 21st homer, a three-run drive, in the eighth for his third career multihomer performance.

''I feel like everything's kind of rolling my direction right now, which is good,'' Piscotty said. ''I was glad I was able to kind of jump start that.''

Marcus Semien's go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth chased Hernandez.

Hernandez retired the first seven hitters in order before Chad Pinder's one-out single in the third. The right-hander then got two consecutive inning-ending double plays to face the minimum through four.

''It just shows the kind of perseverance in our team,'' Jackson said. ''It shows the kind of fight that we have.''

Hernandez allowed four runs and four hits in five-plus innings, struck out three and walked two. He has made a minor mechanical change and had been commanding his fastball better, though he threw two wild pitches in the costly sixth.

The A's bounced back a day after striking out 18 times. On Saturday, manager Bob Melvin used an Oakland-record 24 players for a nine-inning game and nine pitchers - a franchise high for nine innings.

Seattle leadoff man Mitch Haniger opened the game with a double for a career-best 14-game hitting streak. Khris Davis, who hit his majors-leading 40th homer Saturday night for the A's, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.

ALS AWARENESS

The A's on Monday will remember Piscotty's late mother, Gretchen, who died in May, as well as Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter and others affected by ALS in an ALS Awareness Day. The team is donating $150,000 to ALS Therapy Development Institute.

''I've said many times he's got a big angel on his shoulders,'' Melvin said of Piscotty.

CLOSE CALLS

This lopsided result isn't a common occurrence when these teams play each other. Of their 16 matchups this season, eight have been decided by one run and three more by two runs. They have one series remaining, at Safeco Field from Sept. 24-26 during Oakland's final road trip.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: DH Nelson Cruz played through a sore left foot and hobbled on the basepaths a day after a foul ball got him. ... LHP Marco Gonzales, on the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 24 with a strained neck muscle, was tentatively scheduled to pitch off a mound Monday in a light bullpen session. ''I'm much more encouraged based on what the trainers have told me the last couple days,'' Servais said.

Athletics: RHP Andrew Triggs (nerve irritation in his pitching arm) threw a 30-pitch, two-inning simulated game Saturday and said he ''felt great.'' While Melvin said Triggs would be re-evaluated to determine his next step, the pitcher expects to have a rehab outing Wednesday at Class A Stockton. ... LHP Brett Anderson (strained pitching forearm) threw on flat ground Sunday and could work off a mound as soon as Monday.

UP NEXT

LHP CC Sabathia (7-5, 3.36 ERA) pitches back home in the Bay Area looking for just his second victory in eight starts when the New York Yankees - who hold the top AL wild-card spot - visit for a three-game series that begins with an afternoon contest on Labor Day. RHP Trevor Cahill (5-3, 3.60), 4-0 with a 0.85 ERA in eight home starts, pitches for the A's needing four strikeouts to reach 1,000 for his career.

Seattle returns home to host Baltimore, with RHP Erasmo Ramirez (1-3, 6.28) pitching Monday's series opener.

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OAK82-56
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  • W: E. Jackson (5-3)L: F. Hernandez (8-13)S: B. Treinen (35)
  • HR: OAK - S. Piscotty 2 (21)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Haniger RF41100112.280.366.486.8523.5
J. Segura SS41100002.320.352.440.7922.0
R. Cano 2B40100002.281.360.429.7891.0
N. Cruz DH40110013.263.346.531.8771.5
D. Span LF40100022.273.349.440.7891.0
R. Healy 1B30110102.251.283.450.7333.0
K. Seager 3B40100003.218.267.398.6642.0
M. Zunino C40100011.192.251.404.6550.5
D. Gordon CF40000002.273.295.338.6330.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS31120100.261.324.386.7107.0
    M. Chapman 3B31100111.280.364.524.8882.5
    J. Lowrie 2B31110101.274.359.470.8294.0
    K. Davis DH40000023.246.324.543.866-1.0
    M. Olson 1B31100110.240.324.444.7682.5
    S. Piscotty RF32252000.262.318.472.79115.0
    R. Laureano CF40000022.304.380.493.873-1.0
    C. Pinder LF41300010.262.339.430.7694.5
    J. Phegley C10000001.203.247.378.6250.0
    a- M. Joyce PH01000100.203.314.359.6742.0
    J. Lucroy C20000011.240.292.324.616-0.5
    • a-walked for Phegley in the 6th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Haniger (31), D. Span (20), K. Seager (32)
    • RBI - N. Cruz (84), R. Healy (67)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Cruz (31), R. Healy (26)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Haniger (56), R. Healy 2 (47), K. Seager (57)
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Pinder (11)
    • HR - S. Piscotty 2 (21)
    • SF - S. Piscotty (4)
    • RBI - M. Semien 2 (53), J. Lowrie (85), S. Piscotty 5 (68)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Piscotty (23)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Chapman (41), R. Laureano (5), J. Lucroy (35)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Semien (14)
    FIELDING
    • E - M. Zunino (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    F. Hernandez (L, 8-13)5.04442315.551.381.5
    N. Vincent0.12110104.241.16-2.5
    Z. Duke0.00001004.261.62-1.0
    S. Armstrong0.20000100.000.270.5
    R. Cook1.00001206.101.553.0
    J. Pazos0.11221103.101.20-3.5
    J. Grimm0.221100113.502.48-3.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Jackson (W, 5-3)6.03112202.911.1323.0
    L. Trivino1.02000102.181.111.5
    F. Rodney0.23110202.601.32-3.0
    B. Treinen (S, 35)1.10000000.920.9110.0
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Jackson (W, 5-3)6.0
    L. Trivino1.0
    F. Rodney0.2
    B. Treinen (S, 35)1.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - F. Hernandez 70-44, N. Vincent 6-5, Z. Duke 6-2, S. Armstrong 8-5, R. Cook 23-14, J. Pazos 17-10, J. Grimm 12-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Hernandez 9-2, N. Vincent 1-0
    • Batters Faced - F. Hernandez 19, N. Vincent 3, Z. Duke, S. Armstrong 2, R. Cook 4, J. Pazos 3, J. Grimm 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Jackson 77-45, L. Trivino 15-11, F. Rodney 23-17, B. Treinen 11-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Jackson 8-4, L. Trivino 1-0, F. Rodney 1-0, B. Treinen 2-2
    • Batters Faced - E. Jackson 23, L. Trivino 5, F. Rodney 5, B. Treinen 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Haniger RF41100112.280.366.486.8523.5
    J. Segura SS41100002.320.352.440.7922.0
    R. Cano 2B40100002.281.360.429.7891.0
    N. Cruz DH40110013.263.346.531.8771.5
    D. Span LF40100022.273.349.440.7891.0
    R. Healy 1B30110102.251.283.450.7333.0
    K. Seager 3B40100003.218.267.398.6642.0
    M. Zunino C40100011.192.251.404.6550.5
    D. Gordon CF40000002.273.295.338.6330.0
    Total3528202519-----
    HITTERSAB
    M. Haniger RF4
    J. Segura SS4
    R. Cano 2B4
    N. Cruz DH4
    D. Span LF4
    R. Healy 1B3
    K. Seager 3B4
    M. Zunino C4
    D. Gordon CF4
    Total35
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Semien SS31120100.261.324.386.7107.0
      M. Chapman 3B31100111.280.364.524.8882.5
      J. Lowrie 2B31110101.274.359.470.8294.0
      K. Davis DH40000023.246.324.543.866-1.0
      M. Olson 1B31100110.240.324.444.7682.5
      S. Piscotty RF32252000.262.318.472.79115.0
      R. Laureano CF40000022.304.380.493.873-1.0
      C. Pinder LF41300010.262.339.430.7694.5
      J. Phegley C10000001.203.247.378.6250.0
      a- M. Joyce PH01000100.203.314.359.6742.0
      J. Lucroy C20000011.240.292.324.616-0.5
      Total308982589-----
      • a-walked for Phegley in the 6th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Haniger (31), D. Span (20), K. Seager (32)
      • RBI - N. Cruz (84), R. Healy (67)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Cruz (31), R. Healy (26)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Haniger (56), R. Healy 2 (47), K. Seager (57)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Pinder (11)
      • HR - S. Piscotty 2 (21)
      • SF - S. Piscotty (4)
      • RBI - M. Semien 2 (53), J. Lowrie (85), S. Piscotty 5 (68)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Piscotty (23)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Chapman (41), R. Laureano (5), J. Lucroy (35)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Semien (14)
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Zunino (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Hernandez (L, 8-13)5.04442315.551.381.5
      N. Vincent0.12110104.241.16-2.5
      Z. Duke0.00001004.261.62-1.0
      S. Armstrong0.20000100.000.270.5
      R. Cook1.00001206.101.553.0
      J. Pazos0.11221103.101.20-3.5
      J. Grimm0.221100113.502.48-3.0
      Total8.1988582---
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Hernandez (L, 8-13)5.0
      N. Vincent0.1
      Z. Duke0.0
      S. Armstrong0.2
      R. Cook1.0
      J. Pazos0.1
      J. Grimm0.2
      Total8.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Jackson (W, 5-3)6.03112202.911.1323.0
      L. Trivino1.02000102.181.111.5
      F. Rodney0.23110202.601.32-3.0
      B. Treinen (S, 35)1.10000000.920.9110.0
      Total9.0822250---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Jackson (W, 5-3)6.0
      L. Trivino1.0
      F. Rodney0.2
      B. Treinen (S, 35)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Hernandez 70-44, N. Vincent 6-5, Z. Duke 6-2, S. Armstrong 8-5, R. Cook 23-14, J. Pazos 17-10, J. Grimm 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Hernandez 9-2, N. Vincent 1-0
      • Batters Faced - F. Hernandez 19, N. Vincent 3, Z. Duke, S. Armstrong 2, R. Cook 4, J. Pazos 3, J. Grimm 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Jackson 77-45, L. Trivino 15-11, F. Rodney 23-17, B. Treinen 11-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Jackson 8-4, L. Trivino 1-0, F. Rodney 1-0, B. Treinen 2-2
      • Batters Faced - E. Jackson 23, L. Trivino 5, F. Rodney 5, B. Treinen 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Piscotty homered to left, Lowrie and Olson scored28
        Healy singled to right center, Segura scored, Cano to third25
      • 6TH INNING
        Piscotty hit sacrifice fly to center, Chapman scored, Lowrie to third15
        Lowrie singled to right, Semien scored, Chapman to third14
        Semien singled to shallow left, Pinder and Joyce scored13
      • 5TH INNING
        Piscotty homered to left11
      • 1ST INNING
        Cruz singled to shallow center, Haniger scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • B. Treinen Pitching:
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Zunino grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gordon grounded out to first
        • M. Haniger: Haniger flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Fernando Rodney relieved Lou Trivino
        • J. Segura: Ball, Foul, Ball, Segura reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • R. Cano: Strike looking, Cano singled to right center, Segura to second
        • N. Cruz: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Cruz struck out on foul tip
        • D. Span: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Span struck out swinging
        • R. Healy: Foul, Ball, Foul, Healy singled to right center, Segura scored, Cano to third
        • Blake Treinen relieved Fernando Rodney
        • K. Seager: Seager flied out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • James Pazos relieved Ryan Cook
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lowrie walked
        • K. Davis: Ball, Lowrie to second on passed ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Olson singled to right, Lowrie to third
        • Justin Grimm relieved James Pazos
        • S. Piscotty: Foul, Ball, Piscotty homered to left, Lowrie and Olson scored
        • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Foul, Laureano flied out to right
        • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Pinder doubled to deep left
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Lucroy fouled out to first
        • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Jonathan Lucroy catching
        • Lou Trivino relieved Edwin Jackson
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Healy grounded out to third
        • K. Seager: Seager doubled to deep right
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Zunino singled to shallow right, Seager to third
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Gordon lined out to left
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Cook relieved Shawn Armstrong
        • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
        • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Semien walked
        • M. Chapman: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Semien stole second, Semien stole third, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Chapman flied out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • E. Jackson Pitching:
        • R. Cano: Foul, Cano grounded out to shortstop
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cruz lined out to center
        • D. Span: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Span struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • C. Pinder: Pinder singled to center
        • Matt Joyce hit for Josh Phegley
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pinder to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Joyce walked
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Pinder to third, Joyce to second on wild pitch, Semien singled to shallow left, Pinder and Joyce scored
        • Nick Vincent relieved Felix Hernandez
        • M. Chapman: Chapman singled to left, Semien to third
        • J. Lowrie: Lowrie singled to right, Semien scored, Chapman to third
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • Zach Duke relieved Nick Vincent
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Olson walked, Lowrie to second
        • Shawn Armstrong relieved Zach Duke
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Piscotty hit sacrifice fly to center, Chapman scored, Lowrie to third
        • R. Laureano: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Laureano struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • E. Jackson Pitching:
        • D. Gordon: Gordon grounded bunt out to third
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Foul, Haniger fouled out to first
        • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Segura flied out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Davis grounded out to second
        • M. Olson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Piscotty homered to left
        • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Laureano grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • E. Jackson Pitching:
        • D. Span: Span fouled out to third
        • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Healy walked
        • K. Seager: Strike looking, Seager lined out to left
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Zunino struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Ball, Foul, Semien lined out to center
        • M. Chapman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chapman walked
        • J. Lowrie: Foul, Lowrie grounded out to shortstop, Chapman out at second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • E. Jackson Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Haniger walked
        • J. Segura: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Segura reached on fielder's choice to second, Haniger out at second
        • R. Cano: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Cano lined out to right
        • N. Cruz: Cruz grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Laureano struck out swinging
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Strike looking, Pinder singled to center
        • J. Phegley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Phegley grounded out to shortstop, Pinder out at second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • E. Jackson Pitching:
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Seager flied out to center
        • M. Zunino: Zunino grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Gordon grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Davis grounded out to third
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Olson lined out to right
        • S. Piscotty: Piscotty grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • E. Jackson Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Haniger doubled to deep left
        • J. Segura: Foul, Ball, Segura flied out to center
        • R. Cano: Ball, Cano flied out to left
        • N. Cruz: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cruz singled to shallow center, Haniger scored
        • D. Span: Span doubled to deep right, Cruz to third
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Healy grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Heredia Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien flied out to shallow center
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Lowrie grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)