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Lewis, Kelenic homer to lead Mariners in 4-2 win over A’s to snap skid

May 24, 2021, 10:25 PM | Updated: May 25, 2021, 12:28 am
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 24: Kyle Lewis #1 of the Seattle Mariners hits a two-run home run in the top of the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on May 24, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) Kyle Lewis makes a diving catch in the Mariners' 4-2 win over the A's. (AP) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 24: Yusei Kikuchi #18 of the Seattle Mariners pitches in the bottom of the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on May 24, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 24: Yusei Kikuchi #18 of the Seattle Mariners pitches in the bottom of the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on May 24, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 24: Kyle Lewis #1 of the Seattle Mariners hits a two-run home run in the top of the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on May 24, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 24: Kyle Lewis #1 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates with Mitch Haniger #17 after hitting a two-run home run in the top of the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on May 24, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 24: Donovan Walton #31 of the Seattle Mariners fails to field a single hit by Ramon Laureano #22 of the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the first inning at RingCentral Coliseum on May 24, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 24: Jarred Kelenic #10 of the Seattle Mariners catches a pop up in foul territory hit by Matt Olson #28 of the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the first inning at RingCentral Coliseum on May 24, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 24: Jarred Kelenic #10 of the Seattle Mariners rounds third base to score on a double by Mitch Haniger #17 in the top of the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on May 24, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 24: Tony Kemp #5 of the Oakland Athletics slides into home plate to score on a double by Seth Brown #15 in the top of the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at RingCentral Coliseum on May 24, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 24: Tony Kemp #5 of the Oakland Athletics slides into home plate to score on a double by Seth Brown #15 in the top of the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at RingCentral Coliseum on May 24, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 24: J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners throws to first base to get the out on Sean Murphy #12 of the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the second inning at RingCentral Coliseum on May 24, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 24: Ty France #23, Jarred Kelenic #10, Kyle Seager #15 and Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners celebrate after a win against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on May 24, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 24: Keynan Middleton #99 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates after getting the final out to defeat the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on May 24, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 24: J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners runs to second base after hitting a double in the top of the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on May 24, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 24: Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners hits a single in the top of the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on May 24, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Lewis homered and made a diving catch in center field, Yusei Kikuchi pitched six smooth innings before leaving with a possible back injury, and the Seattle Mariners ended a six-game losing streak by beating the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Monday night.

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Jarred Kelenic also went deep for Seattle, playing its sixth of 12 straight road games in California covering separate trips. And this is a long haul for the club, with Monday marking the fourth game of a stretch with 30 in 31 days.

Ty France doubled in his return from the injured list. Mitch Haniger added two hits, including an RBI double.

“It was cool for us to have a good day, go out there and hit a couple balls hard,” Lewis said. “Hopefully we get some momentum and see what we can do.”

Mark Canha hit his 10th home run for Oakland.

Lewis struck out swinging in his first at-bat before hitting a two-out drive to left field off starter Frankie Montas in the third.

“He got all of that one,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “That’s vintage Kyle Lewis. You usually don’t see him hit that far to the pull side.”

The reigning AL Rookie of the Year also robbed Chad Pinder of extra bases with a diving grab in right-center in the bottom of the inning.

Kikuchi (2-3) scattered four hits and allowed one run — Canha’s homer in the third. The lefty didn’t permit another runner past first base but appeared to get hurt when Jed Lowrie reached on an infield single leading off the seventh.

Kikuchi grabbed at his lower back as Servais went to the mound followed by a team trainer and translator, and was escorted off the field.

“My last few pitches my back started to cramp up pretty good,” Kikuchi said through a translator. “I had an experience very similar to this in Japan before. That led to an injury. Today I wanted to play it safe.”

Rafael Montero and Erik Swanson got three outs apiece. Keynan Middleton pitched the ninth for his third save.

Montas (5-4) had a season-high 11 strikeouts in six innings but allowed four runs and six hits.

“I made one mistake and that was the fastball to Kyle Lewis,” Montas said. “He’s a fastball hitter. I made a mistake and he made me pay the price.”

The A’s are 14-14 since winning 13 straight.

ROOKIE’S CONFIDENCE PAYS OFF

Kelenic’s home run in the fifth snapped an 0-for-10 drought. Before the game, the rookie said he was frustrated but pleased because he had been making good contact.

“I want to come in and help the team win and it’s hard to do that when you hit a ground ball right at somebody every time,” Kelenic said. “But it’s baseball, and the older I get and the more that I am around older guys, the more you start to realize that it comes in waves.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: INF/OF Sam Haggerty was placed on the injured list with right shoulder inflammation. … LHP Marco Gonzales (forearm strain) is scheduled to throw a simulated game this week of about 40-45 pitches.

Athletics: LHP Jesús Luzardo, recovering from a hairline fracture in his pitching pinkie sustained playing video games, will pitch for Triple-A Las Vegas on Thursday in his first rehab outing. … DH Mitch Moreland (sore ribs) has resumed swinging a bat. … LHP A.J. Puk (strained left biceps) is set to pitch Tuesday for Las Vegas. … RHP J.B. Wendelken (strained left oblique) has thrown out to 90 feet and will soon move back to 120 feet.

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