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Kemp scores winning run on defensive misplay, A’s beat M’s

Logan Gilbert’s winning streak reached eight starts since a win in San Diego on July 5th.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — It took a little luck for the Oakland Athletics to finally beat the Mariners back at home.

Tony Kemp hit the winning run after pitcher Diego Castillo mauled a high chopper from Sheldon Neuse in the 10th inning, and the A-beat beat Seattle 4-3 on Saturday.

Seattle has had its four-game winning streak and also a 10-game winning streak at the Coliseum, dating back to the A’s last win on May 26, 2021 — Oakland’s longest slip at home against the Mariners.

Neuse is thrilled that all the young A’s are doing their part.

“I think it’s huge. You don’t know who’s going to be here next year and who isn’t, but find out what people can do,” he said. “Let’s see. There’s no reason to look over each other’s shoulders. Just go play ball and find out what we can do.”

Kemp started on second base and Seth Brown was purposely led by Castillo (7-2) before Sean Murphy left to load bases for Neuse. Castillo reached up and put the bouncer down cleanly but dropped the ball trying to make the exchange and failed to make a throw home – he might not have gotten Kemp anyway.

“Tony had a great day on both sides of the ball today,” said manager Mark Kotsay.

Dany Jiménez (3-4) threw for the ninth and tenth for the win. Finally recovering from a shoulder injury, he has completed his sixth game without a run since returning from the injured list on August 2.

Eugenio Suárez hit a singles tie in game eight for Seattle against Zach Jackson a day after the Seattle slugger’s two-time homer. Kemp had put the A’s ahead in the fifth inning with a two-run go-ahead single.

A’s starter James Kaprielian allowed two runs from three hits, batting three and walking four in five innings. He is winless in nine home starts this year.

Julio Rodríguez and Suárez made trebles for Seattle against a team that never seems to deliver three-pointers, but the Mariners couldn’t hold on to their early 2-0 lead.

The A’s have not tripled in 81 games since Brown on May 18 — the longest drought of any team since 1901.

Ty France and Adam Frazier followed up those big hits with sacrificial flies to give starter Logan Gilbert an early chance. The right-hander had continued his winning streak in eight starts since a win in San Diego on July 5. Gilbert had allowed 16 earned runs in his last three games.

Seattle won Friday night’s opener 10-2 and will look to secure another winning streak in Sunday’s series finals after going 12-3-1 in the last 16 sets since June 21. That’s the best streak since the AL- The 116-win-best team in 2001 — also the Mariners’ last playoff club — has won 15 of its last 16 series.

Rodríguez tripled to start the game and moments later, France’s fly put the Mariners in an instant lead. Rodríguez was originally given a single in the third, but it was overturned on replay review, though he added another base hit in the fifth.

Nick Allen has the A’s on the board with an RBI singles in the fifth and Oakland improved to 4-8 against Seattle this season.

Athletics: OF Skye Bolt suffered a late scrape with left knee pain after being scheduled to start in right field. … RHP Brent Honeywell pitched two rehab innings with Class-A Stockton on Friday night in his second minor league appearance since he was shut down with a pitching elbow stress reaction during spring training in late March. His next assignment will be at Triple-A Las Vegas. “The best part is that I feel good today,” he said. …CF Ramón Laureano made 15 dry swings in the cage which was an important first step in his batting program while recovering from a strained left bank. Laureano was pleased with the progress.

RHP Luis Castillo (1-0, 2.18 ERA) takes the mound for Seattle in the series finale. It’s his first career start against the A’s after being traded from the Reds to the Mariners before the deadline.

LHP JP Sears (4-0, 1.95) counters for Oakland after going 1-0 in two starts since being recalled Aug. 10 from Triple-A Las Vegas.

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Emma Bowman

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