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Mariners slug their way back to beat A’s 6-5, complete 4-game sweep

Sep 23, 2021, 4:33 PM | Updated: 5:53 pm
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Luis Torrens #22 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after he hit a home run in the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on September 23, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) 
              Seattle Mariners' Dylan Moore, from left, celebrates with J.P. Crawford, Ty France and Abraham Toro after the Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              Seattle Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh, left, celebrates with pitcher Paul Sewald after the Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              Oakland Athletics pitcher Chris Bassitt, middle, is greeted by manager Bob Melvin, left, and Seth Brown (15) after pitching against the Seattle Mariners in the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              Oakland Athletics' Matt Olson reacts after striking out against the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              Seattle Mariners' Luis Torrens celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              Seattle Mariners' Mitch Haniger is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Yusei Kikuchi #18 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the second inning at RingCentral Coliseum on September 23, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Yusei Kikuchi #18 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after giving up a run against the Oakland Athletics in the third inning at RingCentral Coliseum on September 23, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23: 	Chris Bassitt #40 pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at RingCentral Coliseum on September 23, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Yan Gomes #23 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by Chad Pinder #4 after he scored in the third inning against the Seattle Mariners at RingCentral Coliseum on September 23, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23: 	Chris Bassitt #40 pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the third inning at RingCentral Coliseum on September 23, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Matt Olson #28 of the Oakland Athletics slides past Cal Raleigh #29 of the Seattle Mariners to score in the third inning at RingCentral Coliseum on September 23, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Jarred Kelenic #10 of the Seattle Mariners catches a ball hit by Starling Marte #2 of the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at RingCentral Coliseum on September 23, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Jarred Kelenic #10 of the Seattle Mariners plays a ball off the wall hit by Yan Gomes #23 of the Oakland Athletics in the third inning at RingCentral Coliseum on September 23, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Sean Murphy #12 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by Elvis Andrus #17 after he hit a home run in the fourth inning at RingCentral Coliseum on September 23, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Cal Raleigh #29 of the Seattle Mariners rounds the bases after he hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on September 23, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Luis Torrens #22 of the Seattle Mariners hits a two-run home run in the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on September 23, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23: James Kaprielian #32 of the Oakland Athletics reacts after he gave up a home run to Cal Raleigh #29 of the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on September 23, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Luis Torrens #22 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after he hit a home run in the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on September 23, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Luis Torrens #22 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after he hit a home run in the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on September 23, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Jake Diekman #35 of the Oakland Athletics reacts after he gave up a home run to Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners in the sixth inning at RingCentral Coliseum on September 23, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Paul Sewald #37 and Cal Raleigh #29 of the Seattle Mariners shake hands after they beat the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on September 23, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23: J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners high-fives with teammates after they beat the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on September 23, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Jake Bauers #5, Jarred Kelenic #10, and Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners celebrate after they beat the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum on September 23, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Chris Bassitt pitched three scoreless innings less than a month after surgery to repair facial fractures, but the Seattle Mariners rallied against Oakland’s bullpen for a 6-5 victory Thursday and a four-game sweep that damaged the Athletics’ wild-card hopes.

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Seattle matched its season high with its fifth straight win, won its ninth in a row over the A’s and moved within two games of the idle Yankees for the second AL wild-card spot with nine games remaining. Oakland lost its season-worst sixth straight home game and fell four games back of New York.

Bassitt, a 32-year-old right-hander, was struck by a 100 mph line drive off the bat of Brian Goodwin of the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 17 and had surgery seven days later on three fractures.

He took the field to a standing ovation from the crowd of 4,966 and allowed one hit in three scoreless innings — J.P. Crawford’s leadoff single — struck out four and walked one.

“I am very blessed and thankful for the circle that I have made in baseball,” Bassitt said. “When things happen like that, you really find out who’s with you and I’m beyond blessed to have the people that I have with me.”

Oakland led 3-0 when Abraham Toro hit an RBI double in the fourth. Sean Murphy boosted the lead with a home run in the bottom half, but Cal Raleigh cut the deficit to 4-3 with a two-run homer in the fifth.

Haniger’s 35th homer tied the score in the sixth, and Luis Torrens followed with a go-ahead, two-run homer off Jake Diekman (3-3).

“We’re doing a lot of things right, I think, and you need to,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “We’ve still got a lot to play for here with nine games to go.”

Joe Smith (3-4) pitched a scoreless fifth inning. Matt Olson hit his 38th home run, a two-out drive in the ninth off drive off Paul Sewald, who retired Jed Lowrie on a popout for his 10th save in 14 chances.

“I’m proud of this group, even though we’ve absolutely sucked the last month,” Bassitt said. “We haven’t done a good enough job to win games.”

Oakland built a 3-0 lead on a second-inning sacrifice fly by Elvis Andrus and third-inning RBI hits by Yan Gomes and Mark Canha off Yusei Kikuchi, who gave up three runs, three hits and four walks in three innings.

SADLER’S STREAK

Mariners right-hander Casey Sadler pitched two shutout innings out of the bullpen to extend his scoreless streak to 24 straight appearances, one shy of Shigetoshi Hasegawa’s franchise record, set in 2003. Sadler hasn’t allowed a run in his last 22 2/3 innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: Lowrie (hand) doubled as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. The switch-hitter is currently only available to bat from the left side.

ROSTER MOVES

The A’s placed LHP Sam Moll on the paternity list and released C Aramis Garcia after designating him for assignment on Monday.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Logan Gilbert (6-5, 4.74 ERA) opens a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night in Anaheim. Gilbert is 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA in two previous starts against the Angels.

Athletics: RHP Frankie Montas (12-9, 3.57 ERA) takes the hill on Friday night as Oakland welcomes the first-place Houston Astros for a three-game series. Montas has won three straight decisions since his last loss on Aug. 16.

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