Rodriguez homers, Mariners beat Athletics 8-6

Jun 30, 2022, 10:30 AM | Updated: 10:52 pm
Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodriguez is greeted in the dugout after scoring on a sacrifice hit by Abra...

Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodriguez is greeted in the dugout after scoring on a sacrifice hit by Abraham Toro against the Oakland Athletics during first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, June 30, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

(AP Photo/John Froschauer)

              Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Adrian Martinez works against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, June 30, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

SEATTLE (AP) — Julio Rodríguez homered for the second day in a row, Cal Raleigh had a two-run triple in the fifth inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 8-6 Thursday night.

Seattle has won 17 of 19 games against Oakland and earned its third straight victory overall to improve to 37-41. Seattle has also won 8 of 10.

“A good way to start the series,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “Need to keep it rolling. We’re not used to giving up six runs and winning.”

Oakland finished the month of June with the worst record in baseball at 5-21.

The A’s recalled Adrian Martinez from Triple-A Las Vegas for his second career start, and he allowed seven runs and seven hits over 4 2/3 innings.

“Overall I thought he threw strikes, you know, it was just one pitch away from getting out of that fifth inning,” Athletics manager Mark Kotsay said.

Rodríguez tagged his 13th homer of the season and seventh in June. His solo shot over the center-field wall put the Mariners up 2-1 in the third. He sent one to the upper deck of T-Mobile Park on Wednesday.

The AL Rookie of the Month for May is making a case for another nod in June. He batted .280 with 16 RBIs and 22 runs.

After Abraham Toro regained Seattle’s lead 5-4 with a two-out single to left field, Raleigh followed with a two-run triple into deep center field off the glove of Skye Bolt. The throw to third base ricocheted off Sheldon Neuse’s mitt, and Raleigh scored to give Seattle an 8-4 cushion.

It was Raleigh’s first career triple. He also doubled down the right-field line in the eighth.

“It was just a cool moment,” Raleigh said. “It honestly felt like I was playing Little League again.”

Oakland’s Ramón Laureano belted two home runs, a three-run opposite field blast to right to even the game at 4 in the fifth inning and then another in the ninth to trim the Mariners’ lead to 8-6.

“Opposite-field homers are really impressive and he had two of them tonight,” Kotsay said.

Seattle starter Logan Gilbert (9-3) didn’t have his best performance over six innings. His four runs allowed were the most he’s given up since May 11. He surrendered two home runs, including one to veteran Elvis Andrus in the third.

Dylan Moore hit a 414-foot, two-run homer into the left field stands to give the Mariners a 4-1 lead in the fourth.

Despite giving up the solo homer to Laureano, Seattle closer Paul Sewald notched his eighth save of the season.


Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford began a four-game suspension after his involvement in a benches-clearing brawl with the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.

Crawford was one of the three Mariners who appealed their suspensions from Major League Baseball, along with outfielders Jesse Winker (seven games) and Rodriguez (two games). Crawford had his reduced from five games to four. Decisions haven’t been announced for Winker and Rodriguez.

“Certainly, unfortunate for us. Everybody knows what he does leading off and playing shortstop,” Servais said. “But we will abide by the rules and the rulings that are out there.”


Seattle first baseman Ty France is a finalist for the All-Star Game at his position along with Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Both advance to the final round of the MLB All-Star Ballot, with the second phase of voting beginning noon ET on July 5.

France was placed on the 10-day IL June 25 after suffering a left elbow sprain. He is batting .316 with 10 home runs and 45 RBIs.


Oakland OF Cristian Pache and RHP Adam Oller were both optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas; RHP Martínez was recalled from Las Vegas, INF Vimael Machín was selected from Las Vegas and OF Bolt was reinstated from the 60-day IL; INF Jed Lowrie was placed on the 10-day IL; LHP Adam Kolarek was designated for assignment.


Mariners: OF Kyle Lewis (concussion) is making progress in his return and is “very close” to beginning his rehab assignment, according to Servais. … C Tom Murphy had shoulder surgery yesterday in Texas.

Athletics: Lowrie (sprained shoulder) received an MRI, according to manager Mark Kotsay. … Bride (sprained shoulder) made progress Wednesday and had blood work done Thursday, but there’s no timeline on Bride’s return.


Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (4-8, 3.31) will make his 16th start Friday night. He’s pitched at least six innings in his last three starts and surrendered only five runs in that span.

Athletics: Oakland will start RHP James Kaprielian (0-5, 5.88) on Friday. He took a no-decision on June 26 after pitching five innings and allowing three runs on two hits.


More AP MLB: and

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Associated Press

Ex-Packer Guion gets 1 year for domestic violence assault

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion was sentenced to one year in jail after pleading no contest in a domestic violence assault at his home last fall. Brown County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Walsh also ordered Guion on Tuesday to serve three years’ probation and complete a domestic […]
20 days ago
Joe Jarzynka...
Associated Press

Durant eager for Suns debut vs. Hornets after knee injury

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Durant has been through quite a bit during his 15-year NBA career — but joining a new team midway through the season is a new one for the 13-time All-Star. The 34-year-old Durant doesn’t seem all that worried. Durant makes his highly anticipated Phoenix Suns debut on Wednesday night against […]
20 days ago
FILE - Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores stands on the sideline during the second half of an N...
Associated Press

Judge: NFL coach can press discrimination claims in court

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Coach Brian Flores can pursue some of his discrimination claims against the league and its teams in court rather than through arbitration, a judge ruled Wednesday. The written decision by Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan was issued months after lawyers for the league tried to get the lawsuit moved to […]
20 days ago
Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Alex Stalock cools off in the first period during an NHL hockey game ...
Associated Press

Kane trade reinforces hard reality of Blackhawks rebuild

CHICAGO (AP) — After days of speculation, the harsh reality of the Chicago Blackhawks’ situation was reinforced by one move in a flurry of transactions ahead of the NHL trade deadline. Showtime is over, at least in Chicago, and a seemingly bright future is, well, way off in the distance. The reverberations of Chicago’s decision […]
20 days ago
FILE -  Yves Jean-Bart, president of the Haitian Football Federation, wearing a protective face mas...
Associated Press

Disgraced ex-Haitian soccer president announces he’s back

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s former soccer federation president whose lifetime ban from sport over sexual abuse allegations was overturned last month announced Wednesday that he is reclaiming his position. Yves Jean-Bart’s defiant announcement could lead to a standoff with FIFA, which already has appointed an emergency management committee to lead the Haitian Football Association […]
20 days ago
FILE - Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers walks off the field after an NFL football game against the ...
Associated Press

Rodgers says decision on future will come ‘soon enough’

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers says he will make a decision on his future “soon enough” as the four-time MVP quarterback ponders whether to play next season and if his future remains with the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers, 39, discussed his future while speaking on an episode of the “Aubrey Marcus Podcast” that […]
20 days ago
Rodriguez homers, Mariners beat Athletics 8-6