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Sunday, May 12th (All times Eastern)

Oakland Athletics (19-19) at Seattle Mariners (17-20), 4:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - Tommy Milone (3-4, 3.13) Seattle - Joe Saunders (2-4, 6.15)

(Sports Network) - After putting an end to a five-game losing streak on Saturday, the Oakland Athletics will try to earn a series victory on Sunday when they face the Seattle Mariners in the rubber match of a three-game set at Safeco Field.

Oakland had its season-long losing streak extended to five games on Friday night when it suffered a 6-3 setback against Seattle.

On Saturday, the Athletics got a bit of revenge, though not without some late drama in pulling out a 4-3 victory.

Leading 4-3 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, Oakland called on closer Grant Balfour to wrap up the contest. Balfour would allow two baserunners on a walk and a single, but finally sealed the deal for his sixth save when he got Kyle Seager to ground out to second base.

Jed Lowrie went 3-for-4 in the game and Josh Donaldson, Daric Barton and Brandon Moss each hit home runs to carry the offense for the Athletics. Moss' home run in the sixth proved to be the difference as the Athletics evened their record at 19-19.

Jarrod Parker was credited as the winning pitcher for the Athletics as he went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits while striking out five. Sean Doolittle and Ryan Cook each got a hold to set up Balfour for the save.

Brandon Maurer took the loss for Seattle as he allowed three runs on six hits in five innings of work. Michael Saunders went 2-for-4 in the contest while Kelly Shoppach was 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI for the Mariners, who had won back-to-back games entering play.

Taking to the hill for Oakland on Sunday will be Tommy Milone. The 26-year-old right-hander will be making his eighth start of the season. Through his first seven, Milone is 3-4 with an impressive 3.13 ERA.

Unfortunately, wins have been hard to come by for Milone, especially recently as the Athletics are averaging just 0.8 runs per game in his last four starts, including being blanked twice.

That includes Milone's last start when he took a loss despite pitching seven innings in which he let up just one unearned run. The Athletics lost that game 1-0, wasting arguably Milone's best effort on the campaign. The contest also marked the sixth time in seven starts that Milone has gone at least 6 2/3 innings.

Milone has already seen the Mariners once this season as he battled Seattle in his first start of the 2013 season. In that outing, Milone scattered four hits and two runs over seven innings of work while striking out four. The win was the third in six career starts for Milone against the Mariners, who he has a career 2.63 ERA against.

This season has not been going so great for Joe Saunders, who takes the ball for the Mariners on Sunday.

Entering Sunday's contest, Saunders is sporting a record of 2-4 with an ERA that has ballooned to 6.15. Getting swings and misses has never been Saunders' primary strength, but he has been particularly weak this season with just 14 strikeouts in seven starts.

His most recent outing, last Sunday against Toronto, was one of his first as he let up seven runs on nine hits in five innings of work while failing to get a strikeout for the second time this season.

Saunders will hope that facing a familiar foe will help turn his season around as he will be making his 22nd career start against Oakland on Sunday. That is more than any other opponent he has faced in his nine-year career.

However, Saunders really struggled when he faced Oakland earlier this season. Making his first start of the season, the left-hander allowed four runs on seven hits and did not make it past the fourth inning. Normally, Saunders has been strong against Oakland with a lifetime record of 13-6 and an ERA of 3.57 against the club.

These two division foes have split their six meetings this season. Oakland won 12 of 19 matchups a year ago.

05/12 10:29:03 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR
 
Final
TEX 3
CLE 12
Final
COL 6
CIN 4
Final
MIA 2
PIT 5
10th
CWS 5
TOR 3
 
Final
KAN 2
NYY 4
 
Final
BOS 4
MIN 6
 
Final
PHI 0
NYM 7
 
Final
SEA 3
TAM 0
 
7th
SFG 2
MIL 1
 
2nd
DET 0
OAK 0
 
4:35pm Today
HOU
BAL
8:05pm Tonight
WAS
CHC
8:15pm Tonight
ARI
STL
10:05pm Tonight
SDP
ANA
10:10pm Tonight
ATL
LOS
1:05pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
4:35pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Thursday
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Thursday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Thursday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Thursday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Thursday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Thursday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
MIL
 
8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
1:10pm Sunday
MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
WAS
CIN
 
1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
TAM
BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
ARI
MIL
 
2:10pm Sunday
CWS
HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
TOR
MIN
 
2:15pm Sunday
LOS
STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
KAN
CHC
 
3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
4:05pm Sunday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
ANA
 
9:10pm Sunday
PIT
SDP
 
9:00pm Tonight
HOU
GSW
9:00pm Friday
GSW
HOU
 
9:00pm Sunday
HOU
GSW
 
8:00pm Tonight
ANA
CHI
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
ORALROBRTS
ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Friday
TSOUTHERN
TEXASAM
 
7:00pm Friday
VCU
DALLASBAPT
 
8:00pm Friday
HSTNBAPT
HOUSTON
 
8:00pm Friday
LIPSCOMB
VANDERBILT
 
8:00pm Friday
OHIO
ILLINOIS
 
8:00pm Friday
TULANE
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Friday
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Friday
SANDIEGOST
CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
CSBAKER
UCLA
 
Final
ROC 8
DUR 2
 
7:05pm Friday
SYR
DUR
 
6:35pm Saturday
SYR
DUR
 
5:05pm Sunday
SYR
DUR