Oakland (Sports Network) – Ichiro Suzuki registered two more hits in his quest for his 10th consecutive 200-hit season and drove in a run, as Seattle held off Oakland, 7-5, hampering the Athletics in their attempt to gain ground in the AL West.
Adam Moore homered and knocked in two runs for the Mariners, who also received two RBI from Casey Kotchman. Seattle snapped a six-game skid in Oakland.
Doug Fister (5-11) pitched five innings and broke a three-start losing streak. He allowed five hits, two runs, walked four and fanned the same number of batters.
Suzuki currently has 181 hits. With 19 more hits he would break the American League record for 200-hit seasons in a career (currently tied with Ty Cobb) and tie the major league record held by Pete Rose.
Dallas Braden (9-11) was pounded for nine hits and six runs over five frames for the A’s, who had won three of their last four contests. They had a chance to gain ground on Texas in the AL West after the Rangers lost in Toronto earlier Tuesday. The A’s, though, remained seven games out of first place.
Facing a five-run deficit, the A’s brought the potential winning run in the plate in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Coco Crisp singled in a pair of runs with two outs in the ninth off Brandon League. Jeremy Hermida then singled to right field. League threw a wild pitch while walking Steve Tolleson, allowing Crisp to come home. David Aardsma was summoned from the bullpen and retired Cliff Pennington on a lazy fly ball to left field. Aardsma earned his 29th save.
The Mariners struck for five runs in the second inning. Franklin Gutierrez walked and Jose Lopez singled to set up Kotchman’s RBI base hit to left. Lopez went to third on Pennington’s throwing error, and Moore followed with a sacrifice fly.
Then came five straight base hits. After Matt Tuiasosopo singled, Jose Wilson and Suzuki each drove in a run with hits. Chone Figgins reached base and Russell Branyan completed the uprising with an RBI base hit to right field.
Moore homered to left-center with one gone in the third for a 6-0 lead.
Kurt Suzuki singled in a pair in the Oakland fifth, but the A’s wasted a bases-loaded chance in the sixth when Suzuki grounded out.
Kotchman’s sacrifice fly plated Michael Saunders in the seventh.
Fister moved to 4-1 lifetime against the A’s…Oakland first baseman Daric Barton has reached base via hit or walk in 22 of his last 23 games…The A’s lead the season series 8-6…Oakland left 13 men on base.