Olson's slam helps A's top Mariners 9-3, close in on Yankees

SEATTLE (AP) Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin said he wasn't paying much attention to the out-of-town scoreboard at Safeco Field during his team's 9-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.

No matter, Melvin and his team got the result they wanted.

Matt Olson hit a grand slam that capped a six-run fifth inning. Khris Davis added his major league-leading 47th home run and the A's moved closer in the AL wild-card race.

The Athletics took advantage of the Yankees' 8-7 loss to Tampa Bay to move within 1 1/2 games of New York atop the wild-card standings.

Oakland (96-63) improved to a big league-best 41-21 since the All-Star break. New York (97-61) holds the tiebreaker to host the Oct. 3 game; the winner advances to the Division Series against AL East champion Boston.

''We're just trying to win every game we can,'' Melvin said. ''Now, we have to balance it with who we're playing and resting guys, but again, we feel good with whatever lineup we run out there.''

With the score 3-all, Nick Martini hit an RBI single that chased Felix Hernandez (8-14), who made his first appearance since gaining American citizenship this week. Marcus Semien added a run-scoring single against Chasen Bradford before Olson's drive to right-center.

Chad Pinder also homered for the A's, who reached 96 wins for the first time since 2013. Ryan Buchter (6-0) pitched a hitless inning in relief of Edwin Jackson, who gave up three runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings.

''Everything now is just a day-at-a-time mentality,'' Jackson said. ''You can't really look too far ahead. We'll find out what's next in due time.''

Hernandez, a 32-year-old Venezuelan who won the 2010 AL Cy Young Award, was sworn in as a U.S. citizen on Monday. He gave up five runs - four earned - three hits and two walks in four innings.

Hernandez finished with a 5.55 ERA, more than a run above his previous career high last year. His ERA has more than doubled since he led the AL in 2014 at 2.14.

''It's kind of what we saw the majority of the year,'' Mariners manager Scott Servais said of Hernandez.

Meanwhile, aside from trying to play themselves into a home wild-card game, the A's were saying they hope to see Davis reach a round-number long-ball milestone by the time the regular season ends Sunday.

''I definitely want to see him get to 50,'' Olson said. ''I think he can do it, too. We'll see.''

CLOSING IN

Mariners LHP James Paxton may start Saturday against Texas, giving him a chance to get the single strikeout he needs to reach 200 for the first time.

FRONT OFFICE

Seattle hired Frankie Thon Jr. as head of amateur international scouting. Thon spent the previous two seasons with the Los Angeles Angels and before that was with Arizona for eight seasons. Triple-A manager Pat Listach was let go after the season and Mike Micucci is not expected to return as minor league coordinator.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: Relievers Lou Trivino (sore neck) and Cory Gearrin (triceps) were slightly improved but did not pitch.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Mike Fiers (12-7, 3.31 ERA) starts Friday's series opener at the Los Angeles Angels.

Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (13-9, 4.12) pitches Thursday's series opener against Texas and RHP Ariel Jurado (4-5, 6.66).

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OAK96-63
110060100990
SEA86-72
020010000361
  • W: R. Buchter (6-0)L: F. Hernandez (8-14)
  • HR: OAK - K. Davis (47), M. Semien (15), M. Olson (29), C. Pinder (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
N. Martini LF51210012.306.401.429.8304.5
M. Semien SS52221031.256.319.389.7097.5
J. Lowrie 2B50100012.267.355.447.8020.5
F. Barreto 2B00000000.229.250.457.7070.0
K. Davis DH42111111.249.327.550.8777.5
M. Olson 1B51141010.248.334.457.7918.5
S. Piscotty RF30000100.268.329.488.8171.0
C. Pinder 3B41211011.257.332.435.7676.5
M. Canha CF21000101.247.328.447.7753.0
J. Phegley C31000101.200.253.344.5972.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Haniger CF40000016.283.364.493.857-0.5
    K. Negron LF10000000.304.304.435.7390.0
    J. Segura SS31100101.303.340.416.7563.0
    A. Romine SS10100000.207.258.241.4993.0
    R. Cano 2B40100011.300.373.471.8450.5
    G. Beckham 2B10000001.195.250.220.4700.0
    N. Cruz DH21010110.261.345.518.8632.5
    D. Span LF30100021.265.344.425.7691.0
    G. Heredia LF-CF00000000.230.313.332.6450.0
    K. Seager 3B31100112.221.274.401.6752.5
    D. Vogelbach 1B30000114.205.333.385.7180.5
    B. Gamel RF20120200.274.361.373.7346.0
    C. Herrmann C40000016.237.322.421.743-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Martini (9)
      • HR - M. Semien (15), K. Davis (47), M. Olson (29), C. Pinder (13)
      • RBI - N. Martini (19), M. Semien 2 (68), K. Davis (121), M. Olson 4 (84), C. Pinder (27)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Pinder (13)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Martini 2 (2), M. Semien, C. Pinder, M. Canha
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Gamel (14)
      • 3B - A. Romine
      • SF - N. Cruz (3)
      • RBI - N. Cruz (96), B. Gamel 2 (19)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Haniger 5 (5), J. Segura, G. Beckham, D. Vogelbach 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Olson-Semien-Jackson)
      • PB - J. Phegley (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Romine-Beckham-Vogelbach)
      • E - F. Hernandez (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Jackson4.15335203.331.220.0
      R. Buchter (W, 6-0)1.00001202.821.2010.0
      L. Hendriks0.20000104.301.480.5
      J. Wendelken1.00000300.570.834.5
      R. Dull1.00000004.381.143.0
      Y. Petit1.01000003.031.022.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Hernandez (L, 8-14)4.03542425.551.400.0
      C. Bradford0.23331013.691.29-7.0
      N. Rumbelow1.10000206.481.504.0
      C. Lawrence3.03111217.331.635.0
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Hernandez (L, 8-14)4.0
      C. Bradford0.2
      N. Rumbelow1.1
      C. Lawrence3.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - E. Jackson (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Jackson 84-47, R. Buchter 22-12, L. Hendriks 7-6, J. Wendelken 11-9, R. Dull 10-6, Y. Petit 22-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Jackson 4-6, L. Hendriks 1-0, R. Dull 1-2, Y. Petit 2-1
      • Batters Faced - E. Jackson 23, R. Buchter 4, L. Hendriks 2, J. Wendelken 3, R. Dull 3, Y. Petit 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - F. Hernandez (11)
      • IBB - C. Bradford
      • HBP - F. Hernandez (12)
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Hernandez 74-45, C. Bradford 20-11, N. Rumbelow 13-11, C. Lawrence 42-30
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Hernandez 3-6, C. Bradford 2-0, N. Rumbelow 1-1, C. Lawrence 3-3
      • Batters Faced - F. Hernandez 19, C. Bradford 6, N. Rumbelow 4, C. Lawrence 12
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      OAK96-63
      110060100990
      SEA86-72
      020010000361
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      N. Martini LF51210012.306.401.429.8304.5
      M. Semien SS52221031.256.319.389.7097.5
      J. Lowrie 2B50100012.267.355.447.8020.5
      F. Barreto 2B00000000.229.250.457.7070.0
      K. Davis DH42111111.249.327.550.8777.5
      M. Olson 1B51141010.248.334.457.7918.5
      S. Piscotty RF30000100.268.329.488.8171.0
      C. Pinder 3B41211011.257.332.435.7676.5
      M. Canha CF21000101.247.328.447.7753.0
      J. Phegley C31000101.200.253.344.5972.0
      Total369994489-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Haniger CF40000016.283.364.493.857-0.5
        K. Negron LF10000000.304.304.435.7390.0
        J. Segura SS31100101.303.340.416.7563.0
        A. Romine SS10100000.207.258.241.4993.0
        R. Cano 2B40100011.300.373.471.8450.5
        G. Beckham 2B10000001.195.250.220.4700.0
        N. Cruz DH21010110.261.345.518.8632.5
        D. Span LF30100021.265.344.425.7691.0
        G. Heredia LF-CF00000000.230.313.332.6450.0
        K. Seager 3B31100112.221.274.401.6752.5
        D. Vogelbach 1B30000114.205.333.385.7180.5
        B. Gamel RF20120200.274.361.373.7346.0
        C. Herrmann C40000016.237.322.421.743-0.5
        Total3136306822-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Martini (9)
          • HR - M. Semien (15), K. Davis (47), M. Olson (29), C. Pinder (13)
          • RBI - N. Martini (19), M. Semien 2 (68), K. Davis (121), M. Olson 4 (84), C. Pinder (27)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Pinder (13)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Martini 2 (2), M. Semien, C. Pinder, M. Canha
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Gamel (14)
          • 3B - A. Romine
          • SF - N. Cruz (3)
          • RBI - N. Cruz (96), B. Gamel 2 (19)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Haniger 5 (5), J. Segura, G. Beckham, D. Vogelbach 2 (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Olson-Semien-Jackson)
          • PB - J. Phegley (6)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Romine-Beckham-Vogelbach)
          • E - F. Hernandez (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Jackson4.15335203.331.220.0
          R. Buchter (W, 6-0)1.00001202.821.2010.0
          L. Hendriks0.20000104.301.480.5
          J. Wendelken1.00000300.570.834.5
          R. Dull1.00000004.381.143.0
          Y. Petit1.01000003.031.022.0
          Total9.0633680---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Jackson4.1
          R. Buchter (W, 6-0)1.0
          L. Hendriks0.2
          J. Wendelken1.0
          R. Dull1.0
          Y. Petit1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          F. Hernandez (L, 8-14)4.03542425.551.400.0
          C. Bradford0.23331013.691.29-7.0
          N. Rumbelow1.10000206.481.504.0
          C. Lawrence3.03111217.331.635.0
          Total9.0998484---
          PITCHERSIP
          F. Hernandez (L, 8-14)4.0
          C. Bradford0.2
          N. Rumbelow1.1
          C. Lawrence3.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - E. Jackson (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Jackson 84-47, R. Buchter 22-12, L. Hendriks 7-6, J. Wendelken 11-9, R. Dull 10-6, Y. Petit 22-15
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Jackson 4-6, L. Hendriks 1-0, R. Dull 1-2, Y. Petit 2-1
          • Batters Faced - E. Jackson 23, R. Buchter 4, L. Hendriks 2, J. Wendelken 3, R. Dull 3, Y. Petit 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - F. Hernandez (11)
          • IBB - C. Bradford
          • HBP - F. Hernandez (12)
          • Pitches-Strikes - F. Hernandez 74-45, C. Bradford 20-11, N. Rumbelow 13-11, C. Lawrence 42-30
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Hernandez 3-6, C. Bradford 2-0, N. Rumbelow 1-1, C. Lawrence 3-3
          • Batters Faced - F. Hernandez 19, C. Bradford 6, N. Rumbelow 4, C. Lawrence 12
          • 7TH INNING
            Davis homered to right center93
          • 5TH INNING
            Cruz hit sacrifice fly to center, Segura scored83
            Olson homered to right center, Martini, Semien and Davis scored82
            Semien singled to shallow left, Phegley scored, Martini to second42
            Martini singled to shallow right, Canha scored, Phegley to third32
          • 2ND INNING
            Gamel doubled to deep right center, Cruz and Seager scored, Vogelbach to third22
            Pinder homered to center20
          • 1ST INNING
            Semien homered to center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Kristopher Negron in left field
            • Andrew Romine at shortstop
            • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Lowrie singled to left center
            • K. Davis: Davis grounded out to second, Lowrie out at second
            • M. Olson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Olson grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Ryan Dull
            • Franklin Barreto at second base
            • C. Herrmann: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Herrmann grounded out to pitcher
            • K. Negron: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Negron flied out to deep left
            • A. Romine: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Romine tripled to deep right center
            • G. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beckham grounded out to second
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Guillermo Heredia in left field
            • Gordon Beckham at second base
            • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Canha grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Phegley: Phegley flied out to center
            • N. Martini: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Martini doubled to deep left
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Ryan Dull relieved J.B. Wendelken
            • K. Seager: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Seager fouled out to third
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Vogelbach grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Gamel: Gamel flied out to left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Casey Lawrence relieved Nick Rumbelow
            • J. Lowrie: Lowrie flied out to deep right
            • K. Davis: Davis homered to right center
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Olson lined out to right
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Piscotty walked
            • C. Pinder: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J.B. Wendelken relieved Liam Hendriks
            • R. Cano: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
            • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
            • D. Span: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Span struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • N. Rumbelow Pitching:
            • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Foul, Phegley grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Martini: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Martini struck out on foul tip
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Buchter Pitching:
            • B. Gamel: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gamel walked
            • C. Herrmann: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Herrmann flied out to left
            • Liam Hendriks relieved Ryan Buchter
            • M. Haniger: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
            • J. Segura: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Segura grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • F. Hernandez Pitching:
            • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Canha hit by pitch
            • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Phegley reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Canha to third on Hernandez throwing error
            • N. Martini: Strike looking, Martini singled to shallow right, Canha scored, Phegley to third
            • Chasen Bradford relieved Felix Hernandez
            • M. Semien: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Semien singled to shallow left, Phegley scored, Martini to second
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Lowrie grounded out to first, Martini to third, Semien to second
            • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis intentionally walked
            • M. Olson: Strike swinging, Ball, Olson homered to right center, Martini, Semien and Davis scored
            • S. Piscotty: Piscotty grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Pinder: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pinder singled to shallow center
            • Nick Rumbelow relieved Chasen Bradford
            • M. Canha: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Canha flied out to left
            • Middle of the 5th (6 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
            • E. Jackson Pitching:
            • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Segura walked
            • R. Cano: Strike looking, Strike looking, Cano singled to shallow center, Segura to third
            • N. Cruz: Cruz hit sacrifice fly to center, Segura scored
            • D. Span: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Span singled to shallow right, Cano to second
            • Ryan Buchter relieved Edwin Jackson
            • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Cano to third, Span to second on passed ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Seager struck out looking
            • D. Vogelbach: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Vogelbach struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • F. Hernandez Pitching:
            • M. Olson: Olson grounded out to second
            • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Piscotty flied out to center
            • C. Pinder: Pinder flied out to left
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Jackson Pitching:
            • D. Span: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Span hit by pitch
            • K. Seager: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Seager singled to right, Span to second
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Strike looking, Vogelbach grounded out to shortstop, Span to third, Seager to second
            • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gamel walked
            • C. Herrmann: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrmann struck out swinging
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Foul, Haniger grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Gamel out at second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • F. Hernandez Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Lowrie struck out looking
            • K. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Jackson Pitching:
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Segura flied out to deep center
            • R. Cano: Strike looking, Cano flied out to left
            • N. Cruz: Foul, Ball, Ball, Cruz grounded out to first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • F. Hernandez Pitching:
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
            • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Piscotty flied out to right
            • C. Pinder: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Pinder homered to center
            • M. Canha: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Canha walked
            • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Canha to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Phegley walked
            • N. Martini: Strike looking, Martini lined out to center
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • E. Jackson Pitching:
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cruz walked
            • D. Span: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Span struck out swinging
            • K. Seager: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Seager walked, Cruz to second
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Vogelbach walked, Cruz to third, Seager to second
            • B. Gamel: Ball, Gamel doubled to deep right center, Cruz and Seager scored, Vogelbach to third
            • C. Herrmann: Strike swinging, Herrmann lined out to second
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Haniger flied out to right
            • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • F. Hernandez Pitching:
            • N. Martini: Ball, Martini grounded out to second
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Semien homered to center
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike looking, Lowrie lined out to left
            • K. Davis: Ball, Davis flied out to left
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • E. Jackson Pitching:
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Haniger flied out to deep center
            • J. Segura: Ball, Foul, Segura singled to shallow center
            • R. Cano: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Cano grounded out to shortstop, Segura out at second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)