American League Game Summary - Seattle at Oakland, Game One|
(Wednesday, May 7th)
Final Score: Seattle 6, Oakland 4 (10 innings)
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Smoak brought in the go-ahead run in
the top of the 10th inning and the Seattle Mariners took the opener of a
traditional doubleheader, 6-4, over the Oakland Athletics.
After both teams stranded runners at third in the ninth, Seattle took the lead
for good in the 10th. Smoak's two-out groundball bounced off first baseman
Daric Barton's glove and allowed Michael Saunders to cross home plate. Kyle
Seager brought an insurance run with a line-drive single to right that scored
Robinson Cano from second.
Corey Hart and Mike Zunino both hit solo home runs and Smoak drove in two runs
as the Mariners extended their winning streak to five games. The triumph
guaranteed the Mariners a fourth straight series win.
Yoervis Medina (2-1) earned the victory after pitching a scoreless ninth.
Starter Felix Hernandez gave up four runs -- three earned -- on 11 hits and
failed to record a strikeout in 6 1/3 innings of work.
John Jaso, Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss, and Barton each drove in a run for
Oakland, which lost its third straight.
Ryan Cook (0-1) took the loss after giving up both runs in the 10th. Dan
Straily, who started the game, allowed three runs on three hits across six
The two teams will conclude the four-game set with the latter half of the
Hart led off the second inning with a solo homer over the wall in left center
field to open the scoring for Seattle.
The A's got one back in the fourth. Yoenis Cespedes singled to right and Jed
Lowrie reached on Brad Miller's fielding error. A batter later, Cespedes
rushed home from third on Barton's groundout to tie the game.
Zunino's line drive to left field just cleared the wall to put the Mariners
ahead in the top of the fifth.
James Jones walked to lead off the sixth for Seattle. He stole second and
advanced to third on Cano's groundout. Hart walked and stole second before
getting doubled up at third on Smoak's sacrifice fly, which scored Jones to
make it a 3-1 game.
Oakland went ahead, 4-3, in the seventh. Gentry's line-drive double moved Eric
Sogard to third, after Sogard's leadoff single, Jaso then singled in Sogard.
Donaldson's sacrifice fly scored Gentry and Moss' RBI triple off the left-
center field wall plated Jaso and ended Hernandez's outing.
The Mariners tied the game in the next frame. Saunders and Stefen Romero both
reached on one-out walks before Cano plated Saunders with an RBI single up the
Fernando Rodney pitched a scoreless 10th to secure his ninth save of the
Earlier in the fourth, Coco Crisp left the game after suffering a strained
neck. He made a sensational leaping catch into the right-center field wall,
robbing Kyle Seager of an extra base hit to end the frame.
Wednesday's traditional doubleheader in Oakland is only the second over the
past 16 years. The last one took place on July 16, 2011 ... The Athletics have
lost six straight games at home, which is their longest streak since 2007 ...
Oakland reliever Fernando Abad gave up his first run of the season ...
Donaldson reached base safely for the 29th straight game, this is the second
longest active streak in the majors ... This was just the third time in
Hernandez's career that he did not strike out a batter in a start.
05/08 03:00:53 ET