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Leonys Martin’s 10th-inning HR helps Mariners rally for 7-6 win over A’s

Leonys Martin broke a 7-7 tie with a solo homer in the 10th inning. (AP)

By GIDEON RUBIN
Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Leonys Martin insists he wasn’t swinging for the fences.

But a good swing got the job done at the most opportune of times for the Seattle Mariners.

Martin homered in the top of the 10th inning as the Mariners rallied from a four-run deficit to defeat the Oakland Athletics 7-6 on Tuesday night. Martin hit a high arcing shot to right off a 2-1 94 mph fastball from Josh Smith (2-0) with two outs.

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His second home run of the season pushed the Mariners’ record on their nine-game road trip to 5-3.

“I didn’t try to hit a homer,” the Mariners right fielder said. “I was trying to put a good swing” on it.

Tony Zynch pitched out of a jam in the bottom of the 10th for his second save.

Marc Rzepczynski (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning in the bottom of the ninth.

The A’s had runners at first and second with one out but Zynch struck out Chad Pinder swinging and got Matt Chapman to fly out to right.

Smith was the seventh reliever manager Bob Melvin summoned in relief of Kendall Graveman, who was making his second start after being on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder. Graveman gave up four runs (three earned) and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

“I started out well. I needed a quick out in the sixth,” Graveman said. “My stuff flattened out at the end and they did a good job of putting it in play.”

Khris Davis was 2 for 4 with a home run (his 30th), a triple and four RBIs and Ryon Healy had three hits including a solo home run – his 21st – as the A’s took a 6-2 lead into the sixth inning.

“Down early, we kept chipping away,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “A lot of good at-bats.”

Oakland’s gaffe-prone defense figured prominently in the meltdown as they committed three errors that led to two unearned runs.

Ben Gamel went to second on rookie third baseman Chapman’s throwing error leading off the eighth inning. Gamel went to third on Jarrod Dyson‘s infield grounder and scored on pinch-hitter Danny Valencia‘s sacrifice fly.

“When you play close games like that, making three errors is certainly not going to help,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “We’ve got to get cleaner. You can’t make three errors and expect to win.”

Gamel was 2 for 5 with a two-run double.

The A’s lead the majors with 95 errors and 70 unearned runs allowed.

Seattle was 2-44 when trailing after seven innings going into Tuesday.

“That’s a great team win, great comeback,” Martin said. “Like I said before we’re playing 27 outs.”

DIG THIS

Less than two days after being traded to the Mariners, All-Star first baseman Yonder Alonso debuted with his new team in his old digs. “We wish him the best,” Melvin said. “He was very impactful with this club not only on the field but in the clubhouse.”

DEAL

The Mariners acquired RHP Ernesto Frieri from the Texas Rangers for cash considerations. Frieri was assigned to Triple-A Tacoma.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez was placed on the DL with right shoulder bursitis. He returned to Seattle and was examined by team physician Dr. Edward Khalfayan. Marco Gonzales will take Hernandez’s spot in the rotation. “We certainly need (Hernandez) in our rotation,” manager Scott Servais said. “three to four weeks is a little bit of a blow there.” … RHP David Phelps was placed on the DL with an impingement in his right elbow. He’s expected to miss two to three weeks.

Athletics: C Josh Phegley (left oblique strain) took swings off a tee on Tuesday. He’s been out since July 25. … OF Jake Smolinski (right shoulder surgery) is with the team and will soon go on a rehab assignment as a DH, Melvin said.

UP NEXT

RHP Yovani Gallardo (5-7, 5.35 ERA) will pitch Wednesday’s series finale against Oakland. He’s 2-0 with a 2.12 ERA against Oakland in three appearances including two starts.

RHP Jharel Cotton (5-8, 5.48) of the Athletics has an 8.31 ERA in two starts since coming off the DL with a right thumb blister on July 30.

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