A's use late offensive surge to top Mariners 5-2

SEATTLE (AP) The Oakland Athletics are surging into the All-Star break and Brett Anderson continues to turn out one quality start after another.

Anderson had another solid performance pitching into the seventh inning, Franklin Barreto hit his first home run of the season and Robbie Grossman added a pinch-hit, two-run double in the ninth inning as the A's beat the Seattle Mariners 5-2 on Friday night.

The A's won for the sixth time in seven games and Anderson put a cap his strong first half of the season.

''I've always been confident in my ability to get people out whenever I've been healthy. Luckily, aside from a few nicks and knacks here and there, I've been able to go out there and give us a chance to win, for the most part,'' Anderson said. ''It's always nice to be healthy. I feel confident in myself whenever I am healthy and hopefully I can continue that in the second half.''

Friday marked Anderson's 18th start of the season, which is the fourth most for any season in his career. He managed just 17 starts last year. And he continued his strong run over the past month, pitching into the seventh inning for the fifth time in six starts. Anderson (9-5) allowed two earned runs or less for the third time in his past four outings. His only outlier of the past month was a start against Tampa Bay when he allowed seven runs in three innings. Anderson struck out four and walked none.

''He comes right back with two really good outings after really the only bad outing he's had all year for us,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. ''You can tell with him, if the balls are on the ground early in the game he's going to pitch well and that was the case.''

Oakland took advantage of two errors by Seattle right fielder Domingo Santana on one play in the seventh inning to take the lead and cost Mariners lefty Yusei Kikuchi a chance at a victory in his best start since early May. Grossman provided insurance in the ninth lining a two-out shot off the wall against reliever Dan Altavilla.

Kikuchi (4-6) pitched seven innings for just the third time this season and first since May 8 against the Yankees. He struck out five and allowed four hits. Seattle manager Scott Servais was impressed with Kikuchi's mix of pitches and using his changeup more.

''The last two games actually I've been feeling pretty good, so I wanted to end the first half of the season on a good note,'' Kikuchi said through an interpreter.

Barreto got to Kikuchi for a solo home run in the third inning, but it was the only mistake made by the Japanese rookie until the seventh inning. Matt Olson led off the inning with a ground-rule double and Khris Davis singled to right field. Santana failed to come up with the ball cleanly and after briefly stopping at third, Olson scored. Santana's throw to the plate skipped past catcher Tom Murphy and Davis advanced to second. Two batters later, Davis scored on Ramon Laureano's sacrifice fly to take the lead.

Murphy hit his ninth homer of the season for Seattle leading off the fifth. But the Mariners had just one hit after Murphy's homer and newly named All-Star Liam Hendriks pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

''To put a string of four, five hits together, good at-bats ... it has been a struggle. It's why we're not scoring runs. That's what it takes,'' Servais said.

ALL-STAR ADDITION

Hendriks was added to the American League All-Star team on Friday as a replacement for Charlie Morton. Hendriks started a pair of games for the A's, but has become a major key to Oakland's bullpen. Hendriks has a 0.96 ERA as a reliever.

It's a stunning turnaround for the 30-year-old who was designated for assignment by the A's in June 2018, and after a stint in the minors became one of Oakland's most important arms during its run to the playoffs last season.

''Where he's been, where he is now, it's pretty incredible,'' Melvin said.

ROSTER MOVES

Oakland recalled RHP Paul Blackburn from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned RHP Tanner Anderson. Blackburn was an All-Star for Las Vegas, but gave up five runs over three innings in his only appearance with the A's this season. Anderson as 0-3 with a 6.04 ERA in five starts with Oakland.

Seattle added RHP Matt Wisler to its roster following a trade with San Diego. The Mariners designated for assignment Mike Wright to clear a roster spot for Wisler.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Chris Bassitt (5-3) makes his 14th start, setting a new career-best. Bassitt is 3-2 with a 5.31 ERA over his past eight starts.

Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (9-7) makes his final start before the All-Star break. Gonzales is 4-1 in his last five starts since June 7. He has a 3.07 ERA in those five starts.

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  • W: B. Anderson (9-5)L: Y. Kikuchi (4-6)S: L. Hendriks (4)
  • HR: OAK - F. Barreto (1), SEA - T. Murphy (9)
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M. Canha RF30000101.233.374.503.8771.0
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C. Pinder LF30000010.247.290.425.715-0.5
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  • a-doubled for Pinder in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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J. Crawford SS30010010.284.352.475.8270.5
D. Santana RF40100020.281.351.493.8440.0
D. Vogelbach 1B40000021.241.378.504.882-1.0
T. Beckham DH30100001.231.285.475.7601.0
T. Murphy C31211001.269.296.538.8347.0
K. Seager 3B30000002.199.290.346.6360.0
M. Williamson LF20000010.163.259.268.527-0.5
a- A. Nola PH-LF10000010.364.417.545.962-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Williamson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Olson (11), R. Grossman (15)
  • HR - F. Barreto
  • SF - R. Laureano (4)
  • RBI - R. Laureano (44), R. Grossman 2 (25), F. Barreto
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Grossman 2 (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Chapman, K. Davis, J. Phegley
BATTING
  • HR - T. Murphy (9)
  • SF - J. Crawford (2)
  • RBI - J. Crawford (25), T. Murphy (19)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Beckham, K. Seager
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Smith (23)
  • CS - M. Smith (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Barreto-Chapman-Olson)
  • E - B. Anderson (2), M. Olson (3)
  • PB - J. Phegley (11)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Williamson (4)
  • E - D. Santana 2 (12)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Anderson (W, 9-5)6.15220413.861.3023.0
Y. Petit (H, 14)1.00000102.540.853.5
R. Buchter (H, 10)0.20000103.381.580.5
L. Hendriks (S, 4)1.00000201.271.0311.0
PITCHERSIP
B. Anderson (W, 9-5)6.1
Y. Petit (H, 14)1.0
R. Buchter (H, 10)0.2
L. Hendriks (S, 4)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Y. Kikuchi (L, 4-6)7.04321514.941.4514.5
A. Bass1.00001204.121.173.0
D. Altavilla1.01222109.532.29-1.5
PITCHERSIP
Y. Kikuchi (L, 4-6)7.0
A. Bass1.0
D. Altavilla1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 82-56, Y. Petit 18-10, R. Buchter 9-8, L. Hendriks 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 12-2, Y. Petit 2-0, R. Buchter 1-0, L. Hendriks 1-0
  • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 23, Y. Petit 3, R. Buchter 2, L. Hendriks 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Kikuchi 95-66, A. Bass 22-11, D. Altavilla 24-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Kikuchi 7-8, D. Altavilla 1-1
  • Batters Faced - Y. Kikuchi 25, A. Bass 4, D. Altavilla 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Semien SS30000110.270.350.444.7940.5
M. Chapman 3B30100111.263.352.534.8861.5
M. Olson 1B41100011.245.329.543.8722.5
K. Davis DH32100111.243.310.444.7543.5
M. Canha RF30000101.233.374.503.8771.0
R. Laureano CF31010002.258.310.447.7572.0
C. Pinder LF30000010.247.290.425.715-0.5
a- R. Grossman PH-LF10120000.266.353.403.7574.0
J. Phegley C40000011.254.297.454.751-0.5
F. Barreto 2B31111020.125.125.375.5005.0
B. Anderson P0000-000.667.667.667.000-
Y. Petit P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-doubled for Pinder in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Smith CF41100000.235.303.363.6663.0
J. Crawford SS30010010.284.352.475.8270.5
D. Santana RF40100020.281.351.493.8440.0
D. Vogelbach 1B40000021.241.378.504.882-1.0
T. Beckham DH30100001.231.285.475.7601.0
T. Murphy C31211001.269.296.538.8347.0
K. Seager 3B30000002.199.290.346.6360.0
M. Williamson LF20000010.163.259.268.527-0.5
a- A. Nola PH-LF10000010.364.417.545.962-0.5
D. Gordon 2B30000010.266.297.352.649-0.5
Y. Kikuchi P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Bass P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Altavilla P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Williamson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Olson (11), R. Grossman (15)
  • HR - F. Barreto
  • SF - R. Laureano (4)
  • RBI - R. Laureano (44), R. Grossman 2 (25), F. Barreto
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Grossman 2 (12)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Chapman, K. Davis, J. Phegley
BATTING
  • HR - T. Murphy (9)
  • SF - J. Crawford (2)
  • RBI - J. Crawford (25), T. Murphy (19)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Beckham, K. Seager
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Smith (23)
  • CS - M. Smith (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Barreto-Chapman-Olson)
  • E - B. Anderson (2), M. Olson (3)
  • PB - J. Phegley (11)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - M. Williamson (4)
  • E - D. Santana 2 (12)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Anderson (W, 9-5)6.15220413.861.3023.0
Y. Petit (H, 14)1.00000102.540.853.5
R. Buchter (H, 10)0.20000103.381.580.5
L. Hendriks (S, 4)1.00000201.271.0311.0
Total9.0522081---
PITCHERSIP
B. Anderson (W, 9-5)6.1
Y. Petit (H, 14)1.0
R. Buchter (H, 10)0.2
L. Hendriks (S, 4)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Y. Kikuchi (L, 4-6)7.04321514.941.4514.5
A. Bass1.00001204.121.173.0
D. Altavilla1.01222109.532.29-1.5
Total9.0554481---
PITCHERSIP
Y. Kikuchi (L, 4-6)7.0
A. Bass1.0
D. Altavilla1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 82-56, Y. Petit 18-10, R. Buchter 9-8, L. Hendriks 12-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 12-2, Y. Petit 2-0, R. Buchter 1-0, L. Hendriks 1-0
  • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 23, Y. Petit 3, R. Buchter 2, L. Hendriks 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Kikuchi 95-66, A. Bass 22-11, D. Altavilla 24-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Kikuchi 7-8, D. Altavilla 1-1
  • Batters Faced - Y. Kikuchi 25, A. Bass 4, D. Altavilla 6
  • 9TH INNING
    Grossman doubled to deep right, Davis and Laureano scored52
  • 7TH INNING
    Laureano hit sacrifice fly to left, Davis scored32
    Davis singled to right, Olson scored, Davis to second on right fielder Santana fielding error22
  • 5TH INNING
    Murphy homered to right center12
  • 3RD INNING
    Barreto homered to left11
  • 1ST INNING
    Crawford hit sacrifice fly to right, Smith scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Dan Altavilla relieved Anthony Bass
    • M. Olson: Ball, Olson flied out to deep center
    • K. Davis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Davis walked
    • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Canha walked, Davis to second
    • R. Laureano: Ball, Ball, Laureano reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Davis to third, Canha out at second
    • Robbie Grossman hit for Chad Pinder
    • R. Grossman: Ball, Foul, Grossman doubled to deep right, Davis and Laureano scored
    • J. Phegley: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Phegley struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Liam Hendriks relieved Ryan Buchter
    • J. Crawford: Strike swinging, Crawford grounded out to first
    • D. Santana: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Vogelbach struck out looking
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Anthony Bass relieved Yusei Kikuchi
    • J. Phegley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Phegley lined out to first
    • F. Barreto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Barreto struck out looking
    • M. Semien: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Semien walked
    • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Austin Nola hit for Mac Williamson
    • A. Nola: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Nola struck out swinging
    • Ryan Buchter relieved Yusmeiro Petit
    • D. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
    • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Smith grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
    • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Olson doubled to deep right center
    • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis singled to right, Olson scored, Davis to second on right fielder Santana fielding error
    • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Ball, Canha grounded out to first, Davis to third
    • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Ball, Laureano hit sacrifice fly to left, Davis scored
    • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 2 Errors)
    • B. Anderson Pitching:
    • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Vogelbach struck out swinging
    • T. Beckham: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Beckham singled to right
    • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Brett Anderson
    • T. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Beckham to second on passed ball, Strike swinging, Murphy grounded out to shortstop, Beckham to third
    • K. Seager: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Seager grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
    • F. Barreto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Barreto struck out swinging
    • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Semien grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike swinging, Chapman singled to deep left, Chapman out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Anderson Pitching:
    • M. Smith: Ball, Smith safe at first on Anderson fielding error
    • J. Crawford: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Smith caught stealing second, first to pitcher to shortstop, Ball, Crawford grounded out to second
    • D. Santana: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
    • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Laureano flied out to deep right
    • C. Pinder: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Pinder lined out to center
    • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Phegley flied out to right
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Anderson Pitching:
    • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Murphy homered to right center
    • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Seager grounded out to second
    • M. Williamson: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Williamson struck out swinging
    • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
    • M. Olson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Olson flied out to left
    • K. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
    • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Canha grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Anderson Pitching:
    • D. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Vogelbach: Vogelbach grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Beckham grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
    • J. Phegley: Foul, Foul, Phegley grounded out to shortstop
    • F. Barreto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Barreto homered to left
    • M. Semien: Semien flied out to left
    • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Chapman flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Anderson Pitching:
    • D. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to second
    • M. Smith: Ball, Smith grounded out to second
    • J. Crawford: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Crawford struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
    • M. Canha: Ball, Canha grounded out to third
    • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Laureano grounded out to second
    • C. Pinder: Foul, Strike swinging, Pinder grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Anderson Pitching:
    • T. Murphy: Murphy singled to center
    • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Seager grounded into double play second to third to first, Murphy out at second
    • M. Williamson: Strike looking, Williamson grounded out to third
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
    • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Semien struck out looking
    • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Chapman walked
    • M. Olson: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
    • K. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Davis flied out to right
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Anderson Pitching:
    • M. Smith: Foul, Smith singled to shallow center
    • J. Crawford: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Smith to third on 1st baseman Olson throwing error, Crawford hit sacrifice fly to right, Smith scored
    • D. Santana: Santana singled to right center
    • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Vogelbach flied out to deep left
    • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Beckham grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)