Kemp scores winning run on defensive misplay, A’s beat M’s

Aug 20, 2022, 7:50 AM | Updated: 8:47 pm
Oakland Athletics right fielder Chad Pinder cannot catch a triple hit by Seattle Mariners' Eugenio ...

Oakland Athletics right fielder Chad Pinder cannot catch a triple hit by Seattle Mariners' Eugenio Suarez during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — It took a little bit of good fortune for the Oakland Athletics to finally beat the Mariners again at home.

Tony Kemp scored the winning run after pitcher Diego Castillo mishandled a high chopper by Sheldon Neuse with none out in the 10th inning, and the A’s beat surging Seattle 4-3 on Saturday.

Seattle had its four-game winning streak snapped, and also a 10-game run of victories in the Coliseum dating to the A’s last win on May 26, 2021 — Oakland’s longest skid at home against the Mariners.

Neuse is thrilled to see all the young A’s contributing.

“I think it’s huge. For next year, whoever’s going to be here and whoever’s not going to be here, you don’t know, but figure out what people can do,” he said. “Let’s see. There’s no reason to look over each other’s shoulders. Just go play ball and figure out what we can do.”

Kemp started on second base and Seth Brown was intentionally walked by Castillo (7-2) before Sean Murphy walked to load the bases for Neuse. Castillo reached up and cleanly fielded the bouncer but dropped the ball trying to make the exchange and failed to make a throw home — he might not have gotten Kemp anyway.

“Tony had a great day today on both sides of the ball,” manager Mark Kotsay said.

Dany Jiménez (3-4) pitched the ninth and 10th for the win. He is finally healthy again after a shoulder injury and produced his sixth game not allowing a run since returning from the injured list Aug. 2.

Eugenio Suárez hit a tying single in the eighth for Seattle against Zach Jackson a day after the Seattle slugger homered twice. Kemp had put the A’s ahead on a go-ahead, two-run single in the fifth inning.

A’s starter James Kaprielian allowed two runs on three hits, struck out three and walked four in five innings. He is winless in nine home starts this year.

Julio Rodríguez and Suárez hit triples for Seattle against a team that never seems to deliver three-baggers, but the Mariners couldn’t hold their early 2-0 lead.

The A’s, meanwhile, haven’t tripled in 81 games since Brown on May 18 — the longest drought by any team since 1901.

Ty France and Adam Frazier followed those big hits with sacrifice flies to give starter Logan Gilbert an early chance. The right-hander ultimately had his winless streak reach eight starts since a win at San Diego on July 5. Gilbert had allowed 16 earned runs over his previous three outings.

Seattle won the opener 10-2 on Friday night and will try to secure another winning series in Sunday’s series finale, having gone 12-3-1 in series over its last 16 sets since June 21. That is the best stretch since the AL-best 116-win 2001 team — the Mariners’ last playoff club, too — captured 15 of its final 16 series.

Rodríguez tripled to start the game and France’s fly moments later gave the Mariners an immediate lead. Rodríguez was originally given a single in the third but it was overturned on replay review, though he added another base hit in the fifth.

Nick Allen got the A’s on the board with an RBI single in the fifth and Oakland improved to 4-8 against Seattle this season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: OF Skye Bolt was a late scratch with left knee soreness after being scheduled to start in right field. … RHP Brent Honeywell pitched two rehab innings with Class-A Stockton on Friday night in his second minor league appearance since being shut down during spring training in late March with a stress reaction in his pitching elbow. His next outing will be with Triple-A Las Vegas. “The best part about it is I feel good today,” he said. … CF Ramón Laureano took 15 dry swings in the cage in a key first step in his hitting program while recovering from a strained left oblique. Laureano was pleased with the progress.

UP NEXT

RHP Luis Castillo (1-0, 2.18 ERA) takes the mound for Seattle in the series finale. It’s his first career start against the A’s after being traded to the Mariners from the Reds before the deadline.

LHP JP Sears (4-0, 1.95) counters for Oakland, having gone 1-0 over two starts since being recalled Aug. 10 from Triple-A Las Vegas.

___

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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

AP

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge looks out before a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox Sunday, S...
Associated Press

Red Sox-Yankees in rain delay with Judge still chasing 61

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge was due up next for the New York Yankees when their game Sunday night against the Boston Red Sox went into a long rain delay after six innings. With the star slugger still at 60 home runs, one short of Roger Maris’ American League record for a season, fans […]
20 hours ago
Tyler Reddick drives in front of Erik Jones (43) during the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Texas Mo...
Associated Press

Reddick wins NASCAR playoff race in long, tiring Texas day

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Tyler Reddick opened the round of 12 in NASCAR’s playoff with a victory at Texas on Sunday, winning a week after being one of the first four Cup drivers knocked out of title contention. After none of the contenders won the first three races of the playoffs — a first […]
20 hours ago
Atlanta Braves's Ronald Acuna Jr. celebrates after scoring on an RBI single by Michael Harris II du...
Associated Press

Acuña delivers late, Braves outlast Phillies 8-7 in 11

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ronald Acuña singled home the go-ahead run in the 11th inning and the Braves stayed close in the NL East race, outlasting the Phillies 8-7 Sunday in a game that took over six hours to complete because of a two-hour rain delay. “Our goal is to win the World Series again,” Acuna […]
20 hours ago
Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Tom Brady thorws during the second half of an NFL football game against the G...
Associated Press

Rodgers throws for 2 TDs, Packers hold off Brady, Bucs 14-12

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers did just enough to beat Tom Brady and the short-handed Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The NFL MVP threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns, and the Packers withstood a late rally led by Brady to hold off the Bucs for a 14-12 victory in the […]
20 hours ago
New York Mets designated hitter Pete Alonso (20) reacts after a home run in the fourth inning of a ...
Associated Press

Alonso sets team RBI mark; Scherzer, Mets top A’s, hold lead

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Pete Alonso homered, doubled and drove in five runs to set the team record for RBIs, Max Scherzer pitched six sharp innings and the New York Mets routed the Oakland Athletics 13-4 Sunday to hold their NL East lead. The Mets remained 1 1/2 games ahead of Atlanta. New York has […]
20 hours ago
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Drake London, center, scores a touchdown during the second half of an...
Associated Press

Cordarrelle Patterson rumbles Falcons past Seahawks 27-23

SEATTLE (AP) — After more than a week away from home, Cordarrelle Patterson wasn’t about to head back to Atlanta as one of two winless teams in the NFL. “We’ve been away for eight days. I told them there’s no way I’m coming home with a ‘L,'” Patterson said. “My family would kill me if […]
20 hours ago
Kemp scores winning run on defensive misplay, A’s beat M’s