Mariners Vs. Athletics: Seattle Drops Series In Oakland, Enters Break 15 Games Under .500

The Seattle Mariners tried to end the first half of 2012 on a winning note. Unfortunately, they dropped a three-game series in Oakland before heading into the All-Star break.

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Mariners Vs. Athletics Final Score: Seattle Drops 2-1 Game In 13 Innings, Loses Series

The Seattle Mariners played a lengthy, somewhat bizarre game against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday in the last contest before the All-Star break. In the end, the A's pulled off a 13-inning, 2-1 victory to claim the series.

Yoenis Cespedes hit an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning to stake the A's to a 1-0 lead. In the top of the sixth, Michael Saunders hit a two-out RBI single of his own to score Dustin Ackley.

The game went to extra innings still knotted at 1-1. In the top of the 13th, the skies above the outfield began to teem with multitudes of seagulls. With two outs, Saunders manage to double on a pop fly thanks to the Oakland defense getting distracted by flying gulls, but Jemile Weeks made a nifty play on a slow roller from John Jaso to retire the side.

In the bottom of the 13th, Weeks singled to lead off the inning and was driven in by a Josh Reddick double for the winning run and the walk-off Oakland win.

Seattle ace Felix Hernandez gave up one run in 7.2 innings on six hits and three walks, striking out six batters along the way.

The Mariners will head into the All-Star break trying to figure out how to regroup and definitely in need of a break.

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Mariners Vs. Athletics Final Score: Seattle Bats Come To Life In 7-1 Win

The Seattle Mariners got a big explosion of much-needed offense on Saturday night against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. The Mariners coasted to a 7-1 win and evened up their three-game series. Jason Vargas, who has been the most consistent pitcher for the Mariners all season, pitched a gem of a game, allowing one run on seven hits and one walk and striking out six in a complete game for his eighth win of the year.

The Mariners got on the board in the first inning, thanks to a John Jaso single and a defensive miscue by A's center fielder Coco Crisp that allowed Michael Saunders to score from first. In the bottom of the first, Josh Reddick muscled his 20th home run of the year, but that would be the lone run for the A's in the game.

The Mariners picked up two runs in the second inning on a Brendan Ryan double, another run in the fourth on a Casper Wells homer and three more in the fifth on a bases-loaded, two-out double by Kyle Seager, who continues to be fantastic at driving in runs with two outs.

The rubber game is tomorrow and the Mariners will hope to head into the All-Star break with a series win.

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Mariners Vs. Athletics Final Score: Oakland Walks Off With 11-Inning, 4-1 Victory

The Seattle Mariners visited the Oakland Athletics on Friday to kick off a three-game series that will lead into the All-Star break. The Mariners led the game for seven innings, but the bullpen was unable to hold onto a lead and the Mariners offense was characteristically absent. In the end, the A's won on a walk-off home run in the 11th inning to take game one by the final score of 4-1.

In the top of the first inning, Casper Wells hit a one-out single, went to second on a Miguel Olivo single and came in to score on an RBI single by Kyle Seager. The Seager RBI was yet another with two outs and gave the Mariners a 1-0 lead, which Kevin Millwood would keep in place while holding the A's to just three hits over thee next seven innings.

The A's finally got on the board in the bottom of the eighth, when Jemile Weeks hit a two-out RBI single that plated Brandon Hicks.

In the top of the ninth, Carlos Peguero hit a two-out triple, but Dustin Ackley was unable to bring him home. The game went to extra innings and the A's finally broke through in the bottom of the 11th inning. After Oliver Perez gave up two singles, Steve Delabar was brought in and promptly served up a walk-off home run from Chris Carter that sunk the M's.

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Mariners Vs. Athletics Lineups: Seattle Hopes Carlos Peguero Can Contribute

The Seattle Mariners are hoping to halt their latest skid before heading into the All-Star break. The team has made a few roster moves over the past couple weeks and may very well make some more before the trade deadline. Their latest move was to send pitcher Hector Noesi down to Triple-A and recall outfielder Carlos Peguero. Peguero will likely not stick long, as he is replacing Franklin Gutierrez, who landed on the seven-day concussion DL and should be back after the break.

Still, Peguero gets the start on Friday night and the Mariners are hoping that he can produce in the series opener against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum.

Here are the starting lineups for Friday's series opener:

Mariners

1. Ichiro Suzuki (L) DH
2. Casper Wells (R) LF
3. Michael Saunders (L) CF
4. Miguel Olivo (R) C
5. Kyle Seager (L) 3B
6. Justin Smoak (S) 1B
7. Carlos Peguero (L) RF
8. Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
9. Brendan Ryan (R) SS

Athletics

1. Coco Crisp (S) CF
2. Jemile Weeks (S) 2B
3. Josh Reddick (L) RF
4. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
5. Seth Smith (L) DH
6. Brandon Moss (L) 1B
7. Derek Norris (R) C
8. Brandon Inge (R) 3B
9. Cliff Pennington (S) SS

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Mariners Vs. Athletics Series Preview: TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers & More

The Seattle Mariners will try to end the first half of 2012 on a winning note. They play a three-game series in Oakland before heading into the All-Star break.

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