(Sports Network) - Oakland has played well at home this season and nobody knows that better than the Mariners. The two AL West rivals will go at it again tonight in the second test of a three-game series from the Coliseum.
Oakland recorded its sixth straight win as the host in this series with Monday's 6-2 triumph over the Mariners. Coco Crisp and Matt Carson each hit a solo homer and Daric Barton contributed two hits and two runs scored for the Athletics, who have won three of four games on this nine-game residency.
A's starter Brett Anderson was solid through 7 2/3 innings, as he allowed only one run on four hits with four strikeouts. Craig Breslow and Andrew Bailey went the rest of the way to preserve the win and pull the Athletics seven games behind Texas for the AL West lead.
"It's good," Anderson said of ending his 0-4 slide in five starts. "I've pitched pretty good here lately and really haven't had much to show for it. It feels good to start off this series with a victory."
The Athletics will also host Boston for three games and are slated to send Dallas Braden to the hill this evening. Braden has gone the distance on five separate occasions this season and three times in his previous seven starts. He did not, however, make it past the fifth inning in last Thursday's 5-0 loss at Yankee Stadium.
Braden held New York to a run and two hits in five innings to suffer the loss, falling to 9-10 in 24 outings with a 3.23 ERA. The left-hander, who had won five of seven decisions before losing in the Bronx, defeated Seattle less than a month ago on August 11 at Safeco Field. Braden posted a complete game and yielded just a run and four hits in a 5-1 victory. He is 2-1 in six career meetings (five starts) with the Mariners.
Seattle has lost four of six games and opened its road trip on a bad note.
Jason Vargas lasted just 4 1/3 innings on the hill and was touched for five runs on seven hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings to suffer the loss. Franklin Gutierrez homered and Jose Lopez knocked in a run for the Mariners.
"Probably in my last seven or eight starts, guys have been a lot more patient and I've been throwing a lot more fastballs to counter that," Vargas said. "I wish I would have thrown more pitches down today."
The Mariners will also visit the LA Angels of Anaheim for three games.
Scheduled to take the hill Tuesday for the cellar dwellers in the AL West is Doug Fister, who has lost three straight starts and is 1-10 with a 4.92 ERA in his last 16 starts. Seattle is 4-12 over that span and got a rough outing from Fister last Thursday in a 6-3 loss versus Cleveland. He gave up four runs and seven hits though 5 1/3 innings to fall to 4-11 in 23 starts this season.
Fister, a right-hander, defeated Oakland on August 9 this season with six innings of one-run ball in a 3-1 victory. He is 3-1 with a superb 1.50 earned run average in five career starts in this series.
Oakland has won six of seven meetings with the Mariners held at the Coliseum this year, as well as eight of 13 overall matchups between the teams in 2010.