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Mariners held scoreless for 7 innings, lose 6-3 to Athletics

May 26, 2021, 4:06 PM
The Mariners lost to the A's 6-3 in the final game of a three-game series Thursday. (AP) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 26: Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners hits an RBI double in the top of the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on May 26, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) The Mariners lost to the A's 6-3 in the final game of a three-game series Thursday. (AP) The Mariners lost to the A's 6-3 in the final game of a three-game series Thursday. (AP) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 26: Jose Godoy #78 of the Seattle Mariners hits a single in the top of the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on May 26, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 26: Matt Chapman #26 of the Oakland Athletics flies out in the bottom of the third inning against the Seattle Mariners at RingCentral Coliseum on May 26, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) The Mariners lost to the A's 6-3 in the final game of a three-game series Thursday. (AP) The Mariners lost to the A's 6-3 in the final game of a three-game series Thursday. (AP) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 26: Jarred Kelenic #10 of the Seattle Mariners flies out in the top of the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on May 26, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 26: James Kaprielian #32 of the Oakland Athletics pitches in the top of the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at RingCentral Coliseum on May 26, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 26: James Kaprielian #32 of the Oakland Athletics pitches in the top of the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at RingCentral Coliseum on May 26, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 26: Robert Dugger #30 of the Seattle Mariners pitches in the bottom of the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on May 26, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 26: Robert Dugger #30 of the Seattle Mariners pitches in the bottom of the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on May 26, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 26: Matt Chapman #26 of the Oakland Athletics hits an RBI sacrifice fly ball in the bottom of the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at RingCentral Coliseum on May 26, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 26: Ramon Laureano #22 of the Oakland Athletics hits an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners at RingCentral Coliseum on May 26, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 26: Matt Olson #28 of the Oakland Athletics hits an RBI sacrifice fly ball in the bottom of the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners at RingCentral Coliseum on May 26, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 26: Matt Chapman #26 of the Oakland Athletics is unable to catch a pop-up in foul territory hit by J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners in the top of the fourth inning at RingCentral Coliseum on May 26, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 26: Kyle Seager #15 of the Seattle Mariners gets the out at second base of Ramon Laureano #22 of the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the third inning at RingCentral Coliseum on May 26, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 26: Matt Olson #28 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates with third base coach Mark Kotsay #7 of the Oakland Athletics after hitting a solo home run in the bottom of the third inning against the Seattle Mariners at RingCentral Coliseum on May 26, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 26: Kyle Seager #15 of the Seattle Mariners fields the ball and throws to first base but is unable to get the out of Elvis Andrus #17 of the Oakland Athletics as he is called safe in the bottom of the fifth inning at RingCentral Coliseum on May 26, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 26: Jose Godoy #78 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates with teammates after scoring on a double by Mitch Haniger #17 in the top of the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on May 26, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 26: Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates with teammates after scoring on a single by Kyle Seager #15 in the top of the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on May 26, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 26: Mark Canha #20 of the Oakland Athletics ducks away from a pitch by Yohan Ramirez #55 of the Seattle Mariners in the bottom of the seventh inning at RingCentral Coliseum on May 26, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 26: Jake Diekman #35, Ramon Laureano #22, Matt Chapman #26 and Elvis Andrus #17 of the Oakland Athletics celebrate after a win against the Seattle Mariners at RingCentral Coliseum on May 26, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — James Kaprielian pitched seven scoreless innings and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 6-3 on Wednesday to avoid a three-game sweep.

Athletics 6, Mariners 3: Box score

Kaprielian (2-0) surrendered just two hits and two walks, striking out four in his third career start as the A’s snapped a three-game losing streak.

Matt Olson launched his 13th homer of the season and Seth Brown had two hits and two RBIs for Oakland. Ramón Laureano and Matt Chapman also drove in runs.

The A’s jumped on Seattle starter Robert Dugger for two runs in the first inning, including an RBI double by Brown. Dugger (0-1) allowed five runs on five hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings.

Olson’s third-inning homer made it 3-0. He drove in another run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly as the A’s pushed ahead 6-0.

Jarred Kelenic, Mitch Haniger and Kyle Seager drove in runs for the Mariners in the eighth inning off Yusmeiro Petit.

Jake Diekman came in to record the final four outs and earn his sixth save.

HEATING UP

Oakland’s Elvis Andrus had two hits following a three-hit performance on Tuesday. The veteran has hit .308 over his last 17 games, raising his season average from .143 to .197.

“I feel a lot better at the plate, especially yesterday,” Andrus said. “I was able to find myself again and feel like myself like before. It’s been a really long, long process for me to be able to just feel comfortable at the plate. Hopefully, yesterday was a day to get me going and just continue to do that for quite a few months.”

HEAVY HEARTS

Before the game, the teams held a moment of silence for the victims of a mass shooting Wednesday morning at a rail yard in San Jose. The shooter killed eight people before taking his own life.

“It’s awful,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “And there are way too many of these things. It always hits home. It hits home more so when you are at home. It’s just awful. We play a baseball game today but this certainly is way more important than that. Hearts out to the families that have lost loved ones.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales, out since late April with a left forearm strain, was expected to throw a simulated game of 40 to 45 pitches this week. He could return to the rotation as soon as next week, though the team will be cautious. “You will not see him go out there and go six innings and 95 pitches the first time,” manager Scott Servais said. “No chance. We will slow play it and build him up as we go along.”

Athletics: DH Mitch Moreland (rib) could return before the end of Oakland’s current homestand. Moreland has taken batting practice and fielded ground balls in recent days. “He’s turned a corner and is doing everything at this point,” Melvin said.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Chris Flexen (4-2, 5.09 ERA) looks to beat the Texas Rangers for the second time this month as the AL West foes open a four-game series in Seattle on Thursday night.

Athletics: RHP Chris Bassitt (4-2, 3.69 ERA) takes the hill as Oakland welcomes the Los Angeles Angels for a four-game series beginning Thursday night. Bassitt beat the Angels on Saturday in Anaheim, allowing just two runs in 7 2/3 innings.

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