OAKLAND CA - SEPTEMBER 8: Luke French #25 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Oakland Athletics during a Major League Baseball game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 8 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

M's Drop Close One To A's In Oakland, 4-3

Luke French took the loss for Seattle as the Mariners finished up a three-game series with the A's in Oakland Wednesday night. For everything Mariners, head over to SB Nation's Lookout Landing.

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Luke French Takes The Loss As M's Drop Close One To A's In Oakland, 4-3

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Coco Crisp belted a two-run homer and singled in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning, as the Oakland Athletics overcame an early deficit to beat Seattle, 4-3, in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Gio Gonzalez (14-8) gave up three runs on six hits and struck out nine over 6 2/3 innings to win his fourth straight start for Oakland, which remains seven games behind AL West-leading Texas.

Mariners starter Luke French (4-5) yielded four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Seattle had taken a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Chone Figgins reached on a one-out single and Russell Branyan followed with his 24th home run of the season.

Matt Tuiasosopo added a solo shot in the second to give the Mariners a three- run cushion.

Oakland got two runs back in the third on the blast by Crisp, then moved ahead in the sixth.

With one out in the inning and runners on first and second, Jamey Wright replaced French and, following a double steal by Rajai Davis and Matt Carson, walked Steven Tolleson to load the bases. The tying run scored when Cliff Pennington grounded into a fielder's choice, and Crisp put Oakland on top with a base hit to right field.

There was a missed opportunity for the Mariners in the seventh, when Oakland reliever Craig Breslow fanned Branyan to strand the tying run at second.

Breslow tossed a perfect eighth and Andrew Bailey pitched the ninth for his 22nd save.

Game Notes

Seattle right fielder Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. He has eight multi-hit performances during that span...Mark Ellis has hit safely in nine straight games...Davis collected three hits...Oakland is 9-6 against Seattle in 2010.


M's Luke French Looks For His Third Straight Win In Oakland

(Sports Network) - At seven games off the pace in the American League West Division, time is running out on theOakland Athletics and their hopes for a postseason berth. The A's will try to get a winning streak going tonight in the finale of a three-game series versus the Seattle Mariners at the Coliseum.

After beating Seattle in Monday's series opener, the A's dropped a 7-5 decision last night behind starting pitcherDallas Braden. The left-hander was torched for six runs and nine hits in five innings to absorb the loss.

"It's big, just as far as perseverance is concerned. There's an old saying, 'Try hard and work hard, even when no one is looking,'" Braden said of the team battling back. "I think that flows over into what we're doing."

Kurt Suzuki and Coco Crisp both had two RBI, while Steven Tolleson finished with three hits for the A's, who have lost six of nine games and hope that first-place Texas continues to falter down the stretch. The Rangershave lost five straight.

The Athletics are 3-2 on a nine-game homestand and will send Gio Gonzalez to the hill Wednesday night. Gonzalez has won three straight starts and is 6-2 with a 2.05 earned run average in his last 10 starts. He threw six shutout innings and allowed four hits in an 8-0 triumph over the Angels last Friday, improving to 13-8 in 28 starts to go along with a 3.12 ERA.

Gonzalez is 1-0 in two starts against Seattle this season and 2-1 in seven career games, five of which have been starts, in this series.

Seattle has alternated wins and losses over its last six games and ended a six-game slide by the Bay with Tuesday's win. It set the tone with five runs in the second inning and got a home run from Adam Moore.

"We talked about putting ourselves in good offensive situations," said Mariners interim manager Daren Brown. "I thought we were able to string some hits together in the five-run inning, and I know that's something we haven't seen a lot since I've been here, but it was good to see it tonight."

Moore and Casey Kotchman both ended with two RBI, while Ichiro Suzuki recorded a pair of hits and knocked in a run for the Mariners, who got five innings of two-run ball out of winning starter Doug FisterDavid Aardsmalater posted his 29th save by getting the final out of the game.

Ichiro is riding a nine-game hitting streak in which he owns seven multi-hit performances.

Taking the mound for the Mariners this evening will be Luke French, who has won back-to-back and four of his last six starts. French pitched seven scoreless innings of one-hit ball in Friday's 1-0 win over Cleveland to even his 2010 mark at 4-4 in 11 games (8 starts) this season.

The left-hander recently lost to Oakland on August 11 and is 1-2 with a 5.89 earned run average in five career games (3 starts) against the Athletics.

Oakland has won six of eight meetings with the Mariners held at the Coliseum this season, as well as eight of 14 overall matchups between the two clubs.

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