Robbie Ray gives up 3 HRs as Athletics topple Mariners 10-3

While the Seattle Mariners’ primary mission all along has been getting into the postseason, playing home games in the wildcard round has been a very close second.

SEATTLE (AP) — While the Seattle Mariners’ primary mission all along has been getting into the postseason, playing home games in the wild card round has been a very close second.

Achieving that will require some significant help from others following Seattle’s 3-10 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

“There’s been a lot of emotion here on our team for the past four or five days, and I think you saw a little bit of the wind in our sails today as we got into this ballgame,” said Seattle manager Scott Servais.

Mariners starter Robbie Ray was tagged for home runs by Shea Langeliers, Cristian Pache and Nick Allen, and the hangover from excitement two days earlier when Seattle snagged its first postseason berth in 21 years finally seemed to die down on Sunday come.

Oakland starter James Kaprielian didn’t hit the Mariners for 5 2/3 innings before giving up a two-out single to Ty France in the sixth inning. Kaprielian (5-9) hit seven, beating Seattle for the third time this season.

Langeliers added a second homer, a three-run shot, in the ninth inning.

“I think the club played very well overall today and it was a good ending for (Kaprielian) in terms of his recovery from some mid-season struggles through to the end of this month and his really good performance,” said Oakland- Manager Mark Kotsay.

The loss of Seattle coupled with Toronto’s win over Boston pushed the Blue Jays’ lead in the race for top wildcard spot and home field advantage for the three-game streak to 2 1/2 games.

Seattle holds the tiebreak over the Blue Jays, but the Mariners’ only hope of catching Toronto now rests on a significant amount of help from Baltimore. The Orioles need to win two of their three games against Toronto, and Seattle needs to win a four-game streak against Detroit.

Seattle still has a 1 1/2 game lead over Tampa Bay.

“We’ve got to the point where you almost have to win and we’re definitely going to do that now,” said Servais.

Ray’s lackluster performance didn’t help his case to be part of Seattle’s three-man rotation for the wild-card series. Ray (12-12) didn’t make it through the sixth inning and allowed five earned runs for the second time in his last four starts.

The three home runs the A’s were allowed tied for a season high that came back in his second start with the Mariners on April 13 in Chicago. He’s given up at least two home runs in three of his last five outings.

“This is one you just flush, keep going,” Ray said. “I’m not going to let it distract me from what I’ve accomplished this year. … This is easy to flush and get rid of.”

Ray went three, all in the second inning when he loaded bases with no outs. He escaped that backlog without giving up a run, helped in part by a great defensive play from catcher Luis Torrens to create a strength at home.

But it was a shaky all-around performance from the left-hander.

“He wasn’t sharp. He’s led three guys in an inning; we’ve never seen that before,” said Servais. “There were a lot of tight spaces, a lot of edge spaces there and then he made some mistakes in the middle of the plate that cost him with a long ball. So again you just have to let that one go.”

Langeliers’ homer was his fifth of the season. Pache’s third home of the year came after a throwing error by Seattle’s Abraham Toro that allowed Jonah Bride to reach. And Allen’s fourth homer was a two-run shot with two outs in the sixth inning, ending Ray’s outing.

Langeliers’ second homer in the ninth came from Penn Murfee, but he should have been out of the inning after Seth Brown’s pop fly fell in front of Jesse Winker.

Winker hit a three-run homer at the end of the ninth as Seattle avoided the shutout.


Kaprieelian continued to deliver excellent numbers against the Mariners. In his last four starts against Seattle, Kaprieelian has allowed three carries and nine hits in 24 open innings. Kaprielian has a 2.80 ERA and a .178 batting average in eight career starts against Seattle.


Mariners: CF Julio Rodríguez (lower back strain) should be left off the injured list and return to the line-up on Monday, Servais said. Rodríguez completed an extensive training session on Sunday. Servais said he wasn’t sure if Rodríguez would play in midfield or be the designated hitter to open the series with Detroit.


Athletics: RHP Adrián Martínez (4-6, 8/6) makes his final start of the season as the A’s open a three-game series against the Angels. Martinez is 0-3 with a 9.33 ERA in his last four starts.

Mariners: RHP George Kirby (8-4, 3.21) makes the final regular season start of his rookie season. Kirby allowed a six-inning run in his last start against Texas. Robbie Ray gives up 3 HRs as Athletics topple Mariners 10-3

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