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Mariners hang on to beat A’s 4-2, move within 1/2 game of playoff spot

Sep 28, 2021, 10:45 PM | Updated: 11:41 pm
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: Luis Torrens #22 of the Seattle Mariners reacts to scoring during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at T-Mobile Park on September 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) 
              Seattle Mariners fans in the bleachers dance to music near a sign that reads "believe" in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
            
              Seattle Mariners' Mitch Haniger celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
            
              Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Tyler Anderson throws against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
            
              Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy goes for the tag on Seattle Mariners' J.P. Crawford for the out at home plate in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
            
              Oakland Athletics' Chad Pinder and third base coach Mark Kotsay celebrate after Pinder's solo home run in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
            
              Seattle Mariners' Jake Fraley runs on a double to score Jarred Kelenic and Luis Torrens in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)
            SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: Tyler Anderson #31 of the Seattle Mariners throws a pitch during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at T-Mobile Park on September 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: Tyler Anderson #31 of the Seattle Mariners throws a pitch during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at T-Mobile Park on September 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: Chris Bassitt #40 of the Oakland Athletics throws a pitch during the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on September 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners gestures after hitting a double during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at T-Mobile Park on September 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners dives to third base during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at T-Mobile Park on September 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners is tagged out at home plate by Starling Marte #2 of the Oakland Athletics during the first inning of the game at T-Mobile Park on September 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: Jake Fraley #28 of the Seattle Mariners swings at a pitch during the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at T-Mobile Park on September 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: Jarred Kelenic #10 of the Seattle Mariners waits for a pitch during the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at T-Mobile Park on September 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: Matt Chapman #26 of the Oakland Athletics swings at a pitch during the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on September 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners tags out Mark Canha #20 of the Oakland Athletics during the second inning at T-Mobile Park on September 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: J.P. Crawford #3 of the Seattle Mariners reacts to hitting a double during the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at T-Mobile Park on September 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: Josh Harrison #1 of the Oakland Athletics reacts to being called out by the first base umpire CB Bucknor #54 during the third inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on September 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: Abraham Toro #13 of the Seattle Mariners fields the ball during the third inning against the Oakland Athletics at T-Mobile Park on September 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: Chad Pinder #4 of the Oakland Athletics hits a home run during the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on September 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: Chad Pinder #4 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates with Matt Olson #28 after hitting a home run during the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on September 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: Jake Fraley #28 of the Seattle Mariners hits a two-run double during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at T-Mobile Park on September 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: Luis Torrens #22 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates with his teammates in the dugout after scoring during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at T-Mobile Park on September 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: Jarred Kelenic #10 of the Seattle Mariners looks on in the dugout after scoring during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at T-Mobile Park on September 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: Tom Murphy #2 of the Seattle Mariners is safe at first base on a throwing error by Josh Harrison #1 of the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at T-Mobile Park on September 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: Matt Olson #28 of the Oakland Athletics fails to make a play on the ball on a throwing error by Josh Harrison #1 during the sixth inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on September 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners hits a solo home run during the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at T-Mobile Park on September 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 28: Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners gestures after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning against the Oakland Athletics at T-Mobile Park on September 28, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

SEATTLE (AP) — Mitch Haniger hit his 100th home run and third in two games, and the Seattle Mariners pulled within a half-game of the second AL wild card berth by beating the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Mariners 4, Athletics 2: Box score

Tyler Anderson pitched four innings on two days’ rest for the Mariners, who won their team-record 11th straight game over Oakland. Seattle, 18 games over .500 for the first time since August 2018, has won four in a row and nine of 10.

Haniger hit his third homer of the series into the left-field bullpen in the seventh inning after hitting two nearly identical three-run shots in Monday’s 13-4 win. His 38 homers and 95 RBIs are career highs, coming after he missed much of 2019 and all of 2020 due to two operations.

“I got a little emotional,” Haniger said, tearing up with reporters. “It took so much time to come back. … A lot of missed time, a lot of pain, not really being able to walk for a little bit, and kind of being pretty much broken, and being able to come back, it’s been fun.”

Seattle (88-70) is just behind Boston (88-69) and just ahead of Toronto (87-70) in the wild card race, trailing the New York Yankees (90-67). The Mariners finish their series against the A’s on Wednesday, then host the Los Angeles Angels for their final three games of the regular season.

Seattle would be eliminated from the AL West race with one more loss or one win by first-place Houston (92-65).

Oakland (85-73) is 3 1/2 games back of the Red Sox and in must-win territory.

“Look, we’ve played what, 15 games in a row here?” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “Our bullpen’s a little bit shot, but we need to come out and win a game tomorrow and make everybody feel a lot better about the way things have gone with them.”

Anderson was on a pitch limit, and Mariners manager Scott Servais anticipated his bullpen would be key.

“This is the most unique card I’ve ever had,” Servais said of the possibilities he drew up. “It had all the contingencies on there, so it was a crazy night. You never know what’s going to happen in the game, but you’re planning for everything, and as you’re knocking off each inning, it gets a little bit easier knowing that we could get to our back-end guys.”

Casey Sadler set the team record with his 26th straight scoreless appearance, getting the Mariners out of a jam in the fifth with two on. He pitched 1 1/3 innings with a strikeout.

Anthony Misiewicz (5-5) and four relievers combined to give up one unearned run over five innings. Drew Steckenrider allowed a leadoff single in the ninth, then got three straight outs as he struck out two for his 12th save in 15 chances.

No. 8 hitter Jake Fraley had a go-ahead two-run double against Yusmeiro Petit (8-3) in the fourth, and No. 9 hitter Tom Murphy drove in a run for the Mariners in their 40th comeback win.

Anderson, acquired as a fifth starter from Pittsburgh at the trade deadline, gave up nine runs and nine hits in two-plus innings against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday. The abbreviated outing made it possible for him to start in place of struggling Yusei Kikuchi.

“Everybody appreciates a grinder who just wants to go out there and pitch,” reliever Paul Sewald said.

Servais broached the topic on Monday with Anderson.

“I was fired up about the idea and the opportunity,” Anderson said.

Anderson gave up two hits, including a solo homer to Chad Pinder in the fourth. He threw 40 of his 46 pitches for strikes.

“The best way to describe him is very professional in everything he does,” Servais said. “He spends as much time going over the other team as much as anybody on our team. Forty strikes out of 46 pitches? Remarkable.”

STREAKING

Sadler has pitched 25 straight scoreless innings, second only to Shigetoshi Hasegawa’s 28 2/3 in 2003. … Seattle’s previous consecutive wins streaks were set against Kansas City in 1985 and the Baltimore in 2001.

ROSTER MOVE

The Mariners bolstered their bullpen for the playoff run by calling up RHP Matt Brash from Triple-A Tacoma on the same day they selected him minor league system pitcher of the year. The 23-year-old rookie will be the 11th Mariners player to make his debut this season when he makes his first appearance. Brash had a 2.31 ERA in 20 appearances at Class A Everett and Double-AA Arkansas with 142 strikeouts. He was part of a combined no-hitter, pitching the first six innings, for Arkansas.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: OF Starling Marte (strained left lat) spent time in the batting cage Tuesday, manager Bob Melvin said, but is not yet ready to return to the lineup. Melvin said he remains day to day. … INF Josh Harrison (strained quad) returned to the lineup.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Frankie Montas (13-9, 3.48) is 5-2 with a 2.33 ERA in 13 starts since the All-Star break.

Mariners: Rookie RHP Logan Gilbert (6-5, 4.83) will finish off the series. Seattle is 15-8 when he starts.

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