Mariners held to 1 hit, Castillo tagged in 4-1 loss to A’s

Carlos Santana’s infield single in the second inning was all the Mariners could muster

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Luis Castillo was chased in the fifth inning and the rival Seattle Mariners managed just one hit and fell 4-1 to the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.

Carlos Santana’s infield single in the second inning was all the Mariners could muster against JP Sears (6-2) and four assists.

Seattle stayed a half-game behind Tampa Bay for the AL’s third and final wildcard spot.

The Mariners have a magic number of 11 to make the playoffs for the first time since their 116-win season in 2001. But Seattle once again struggled to beat last places in Oakland, where the Mariners lost two of three at the Coliseum 19-21. August.

Castillo (7-6) is 3-2 in nine starts since being acquired from Cincinnati at the close. He completed his shortest outing of the season at 4 2/3 innings.

The All-Star right-hander was tagged for four carries with six hits, knocking out four and walking two. Tony Kemp’s three-run homer marked a four-run fifth – he connected for his seventh homer, then Vimael Machin and Sean Murphy doubled.

Sam Haggerty pulled off a base-laden walk from Sears in the second for the Mariners’ only run. Sears allowed one hit in five innings and knocked out seven.

Domingo Acevedo completed his third save.

Ty France went 0-3 with a walk and two strikeouts as Seattle’s designated hitter after footing a pitch in Monday’s 9-1 win over the Angels in Anaheim.

Mariners: 3B Eugenio Suárez, who was put on the injured list on Saturday with a broken right index finger, saw a hand specialist Monday in Arizona and hopes he will start swinging off the tee and in the cage this week. “The first thing is to pick up a racquet and see how that feels,” manager Scott Servais said. “The Blue Jays are probably not happy about that, to be honest.” C Cal Raleigh was missing for the fourth time in five games with a sore left thumb. Servais said he was improving, the swelling had gone down a bit. He is day by day.

Athletics: CF Ramón Laureano is still under evaluation after being put on the 10-day injury list on Saturday with a right hamstring strain and it’s unclear if he will play again this season. He has already missed the period from August 15 to September. 5 with a tight left oblique.

The A’s recalled outfielder Conner Capel from Triple-A Las Vegas and selected outfielder Cody Thomas to Las Vegas.

Capel started in right field and made his A debut.

LHP Robbie Ray (12-10, 3.72 ERA) hits the middlegame for the Mariners Wednesday night after posting a 2.41 ERA with 28 strikeouts in three starts against Oakland this year. The A counter with RHP James Kaprieelian (3-9, 4.70). Mariners held to 1 hit, Castillo tagged in 4-1 loss to A’s

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