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Mariners vs. Athletics: Good job, good effort

The Mariners were trying to play spoiler in the East Bay. They instead got swept by the homer-happy A's.

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Mariners couldn't spoil unrefrigerated milk

The Seattle Mariners and starter Erasmo Ramirez held the Oakland Athletics to just a few hits over the first seven innings of Sunday's series finale, but their bullpen once again faltered in the late innings. The A's picked up a 5-2 win as the M's were swept at Coliseum.

Yoenis Cespedes hit an RBI triple in the top of the first inning and came in to score on a sacrifice fly from Brandon Moss as the A's took a 2-0 lead. Ramirez held the Oakland batters down after that, as Kyle Seager and Justin Smoak each hit RBI singles in the third inning to tie the game up.

Oakland finally got to the Mariners bullpen and took the lead in the bottom of the eighth, when Cespedes hit a home run to put Oakland on top 3-2 and Josh Reddick blasted his 32nd home run of the year; a two-run shot that just hooked around the right field foul pole.

Ramirez held the A's to two runs on three hits and four walks in 6.1 innings, but will wind up with another no decision in the Mariners loss.


Seattle finishes series in Oakland on Sunday

The Seattle Mariners dropped the first two games of the series with the Oakland Athletics, but look to salvage the set with a victory on Sunday at the Oakland Coliseum.

Seattle will send out rookie right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (1-3, 3.42). He allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings of work during Tuesday's 5-4 loss at Los Angeles. The 22-year old was 1-0 with a 2.40 ERA over his previous two starts.

The A's will counter with Tommy Milone (13-10, 3.74 ERA), who has posted a 4-1 record with a 2.70 ERA over his previous seven starts. He allowed just two unearned runs on six hits in six innings pitched on Tuesday during the A's 3-2 win against the Rangers in Arlington. Milone is 2-1 with a 2.42 ERA against Seattle this season.

Seattle has lost nine of their last 12 games.

First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. PT with coverage on Root Sports and 710 ESPN AM.

Seattle looks to stop skid vs. A's

The Seattle Mariners have the opportunity to play spoiler to the playoff hopes of the Oakland Athletics, something they struggled to do in Friday's 8-2 loss. Having lost five consecutive games against the A's, the Mariners turn to Jason Vargas (14-11, 3.94 ERA) to turn things around. Oakland counters with Dan Straily (2-1, 3.60 ERA).

Vargas is 2-1 with a 2.36 ERA against the A's in 2012, but he's 1-3 in his last seven starts. This is the first game against Seattle for A's rookie Straily. His last two outings have seen a combined six runs on 10 hits over 11⅓ innings. He struck out eight in his post recent game, a 5-4 Oakland loss where he was not involved in the decision.

Trayvon Robinson and Michael Saunders have had some offensive success for Seattle lately. Both had home runs in Friday's game, and Saunders is 7-for-21 with four extra base hits in his last five games against Oakland.

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET.

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Mariners aren't spoiling anything

The Seattle Mariners were once again unable to open a potential spoiler series with a win. On Friday night, they dropped the first game in a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics by a final score of 8-2.

Coco Crisp led off the bottom of the first with a home run to give the A's an early lead. Trayvon Robinson answered back with a solo homer of his own in the top of the second to tie things up.

Oakland went back ahead in the bottom of the third with another home run, this time a two-run shot from Stephen Drew. Brandon Moss added an RBI groundout in the bottom of the fifth to make it 4-1 Athletics.

The Mariners loaded the bases with two outs for Justin Smoak in the top of the sixth inning, but Smoak hit a fly ball out to right field to end the threat.

Michael Saunders led off the top of the seventh with his 18th home run of the season to cut the Oakland lead to two runs. The A's were able to get that run back in the bottom of the seventh when Stephen Pryor issued a bases-loaded walk to Yoenis Cespedes. Another run came home on a fielding error by Dustin Ackley and Josh Donaldson drove in a pair of runs with a single to make it 8-2 A's and firmly put the game out of reach.

The Mariners showed signs of life in the top of the ninth as Smoak led off the inning with a single and Saunders followed up with a walk. Robinson then struck out and Brendan Ryan and Ackley both popped out in foul territory to end the rally and the game.


M's head to Oakland Coliseum on Friday

The Seattle Mariners may be in last place in the AL West, but they can still wreak some havoc in the American League playoff race as they take on the Oakland Athletics Friday night at the Oakland Coliseum.

Blake Beavan (10-10, 4.64) takes the mound for Seattle, making his second career start against Oakland. The right-hander is 7-4 with a 3.61 ERA in 12 starts since a returning from a demotion to Triple-A Tacoma. Beavan allowed three runs in seven innings of work en route to a 5-3 win against the A's on April 15.

Oakland will counter with rookie A.J. Griffin (6-1, 2.80 ERA), hoping to rebound from a couple of rough starts. the A's have won 10 of Griffin's 13 outings since being called up in June, but the youngster owns a 9.00 ERA over his last two starts. He had a 1.94 ERA in his first 11 starts of the year.

The A's are currently two games ahead of the Rays and Angels in the AL wild card race.

First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT with coverage on ROOT Sports and 710 ESPN AM.

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