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J.P. Crawford’s 3 hits power Mariners past Athletics 4-3, to series win

May 25, 2021, 10:25 PM | Updated: 11:45 pm
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 25: J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners is congratulated by Jarred Kelenic #10 after scoring against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning at RingCentral Coliseum on May 25, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 25: Kyle Lewis #1 of the Seattle Mariners makes a running catch taking a hit away from Ramon Laureano #22 of the Oakland Athletics in the fifth inning at RingCentral Coliseum on May 25, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 25: Tom Murphy #2 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates after scoring against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning at RingCentral Coliseum on May 25, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 25: Ty France #23 of the Seattle Mariners hits an RBI single scoring Mitch Haniger #17 against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at RingCentral Coliseum on May 25, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 25: Logan Gilbert #36 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at RingCentral Coliseum on May 25, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 25: Logan Gilbert #36 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at RingCentral Coliseum on May 25, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 25: Kyle Lewis #1 of the Seattle Mariners scores on an RBI single by J.P. Crawford #3 against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at RingCentral Coliseum on May 25, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 25: J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners hits an RBI single scoring Kyle Lewis #1 against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at RingCentral Coliseum on May 25, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 25: Jarred Kelenic #10 of the Seattle Mariners hits an RBI single scoring Tom Murphy #2 against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning at RingCentral Coliseum on May 25, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 25: Tony Kemp #5 of the Oakland Athletics completes a double-play throwing over Kyle Seager #15 of the Seattle Mariners in the third inning at RingCentral Coliseum on May 25, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 25: Tom Murphy #2 of the Seattle Mariners hits an RBI double scoring J.P. Crawford #3 against the Oakland Athletics in the fourth inning at RingCentral Coliseum on May 25, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 25: Anthony Misiewicz #38 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the eighth inning at RingCentral Coliseum on May 25, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 25: Anthony Misiewicz #38 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the eighth inning at RingCentral Coliseum on May 25, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 25: Manager Scott Servais #9 of the Seattle Mariners takes the ball from pitcher JT Chargois #84 taking Chargois out of the game against the Oakland Athletics in the eighth inning at RingCentral Coliseum on May 25, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 25: Rafael Montero #47 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the ninth inning at RingCentral Coliseum on May 25, 2021 in Oakland, California. The Mariners won the game 4-3. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 25: Rafael Montero #47 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates defeating the Oakland Athletics 4-3 at RingCentral Coliseum on May 25, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Seattle Mariners made not one but two magnificent, game-saving catches.

J.P. Crawford had three hits, Mariners center fielder Kyle Lewis ran down a deep flyball to save two possible runs and Seattle beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Tuesday night.

Mariners 4, Athletics 3: Box score

Paul Sewald (2-0) pitched two innings of relief for the win. Anthony Misiewicz recorded two key outs in the eighth before Rafael Montero finished for his sixth save after putting runners on the corners.

Ty France and Crawford hit RBI singles in the first to stake rookie Logan Gilbert to a quick lead.

Crawford doubled to start the fourth and scored the go-ahead run on Tom Murphy’s double. Jarred Kelenic added an RBI single.

Lewis robbed Ramón Laureano of a likely extra-base hit with two on in the fifth, ranging deep into left-center field for a running grab just in front of the wall.

“It’s the difference in the game,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said of Seattle’s defensive gems.

Laureano hit a one-out double in the eighth, went to third on a wild pitch then scored on a wild throw past third by catcher Murphy. Mitch Haniger caught Sean Murphy’s deep fly to right to end the inning with the tying run at first.

Seattle manager Scott Servais still wasn’t sure afterward how Haniger made that play.

“A lot of positives, it comes right down to the end,” Servais said. “Can’t say enough about the game-saving catch Haniger made. It doesn’t get any better.”

Jed Lowrie’s RBI double in the second got the A’s on the board, then Tony Kemp tied it with a single to score Lowrie.

The A’s lost their third straight game and fifth in seven. This marks Oakland’s longest skid since dropping its initial six games of the season.

The Mariners snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-2 win Monday then won again.

Gilbert didn’t qualify for the win, going just four innings in his third career start and still seeking his first major league win.

“I always want to go back out,” he said. “They told me the reasoning and said that was it for me.”

The Mariners are taking it slow with Gilbert at this early stage.

“We want to be smart,” Servais said. “He’s got a long career ahead of him.”

Oakland lefty Cole Irvin (3-6) allowed four runs and 10 hits over 4 2/3 innings, giving him consecutive tough outings after a loss to Houston his previous start.

Facing Seattle for the first time, Irvin gave way to Burch Smith after allowing his 10th hit of the night on a single by Crawford with two out in the fifth.

“A team like that shouldn’t be putting up 10 hits against me or anyone,” Irvin said.

KAVAL’S WHEREABOUTS

A’s President Dave Kaval, exploring relocation options for the club per MLB’s request, posted a video while attending a Las Vegas Golden Knights playoff hockey game Monday night at the same time Oakland was playing at home, drawing scrutiny on social media. He is also expected to visit Portland, Oregon, soon. A spokesman with the Portland Diamond Project said a meeting is planned.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: Seattle manager Scott Servais said left-hander Yusei Kikuchi was fine Tuesday after leaving his start a night earlier in the seventh inning due to back soreness. Kikuchi was out early playing catch Tuesday and didn’t report any issues, and he is expected to make his next start, Servais said. … There’s still no timetable on the return of utility man Sam Haggerty, who landed on the injured list Monday with a sore right shoulder. Servais said it was bothering Haggerty while the team was in San Diego and may have been aggravated on a swing in Sunday’s game.

Athletics: LHP A.J. Puk (strained left biceps) surrendered a homer in the sixth inning pitching in relief for Triple-A Las Vegas but also struck out three. LHP Jesús Luzardo, recovering from a hairline fracture in his pitching pinkie sustained playing video games, will pitch for Las Vegas on Thursday in his first rehab outing.

UP NEXT

Seattle hadn’t announced a starter for Wednesday afternoon’s series finale.

The A’s will send RHP James Kaprielian (1-0, 2.53 ERA) to the mound for his third career start.

Servais: Mariners’ Jarred Kelenic, Kyle Lewis both primed to break out

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