Julio Rodríguez doubled and scored before walking with a strained lower back, and the Mariners overcame the JRod’s loss to beat the A’s 9-5.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Julio Rodríguez doubled and scored before walking with a strained lower back, and the Seattle Mariners overcame the loss of the rookie midfielder to beat the Oakland Athletics 9-5 and a three-game game on Thursday – Avoid sweep.
Rodríguez slowly walked off the field with a coach in the bottom half of the first inning. He recently missed three games at Anaheim with a lower back problem.
Jarred Kelenic switched from left to midfield and Sam Haggerty came into play on the left. Kelenic homered and doubled in his first game since being called up by Triple-A Tacoma.
Adam Frazier went 2 for 4 with three RBIs. Mitch Haniger, Cal Raleigh, Jesse Winker and Ty France also had runs for Seattle, which started the day with a four-game lead over Baltimore for the third and final AL wildcard position.
Stephen Vogt tripled in three runs for Oakland. Tony Kemp and Shea Langeliers added RBIs.
The A’s built a 5-3 lead against Mariners starter George Kirby, tagging the rookie right-hander for five runs with seven hits in 2 1/3 innings. Kirby hit one and walked three.
Kelenic scored in the fourth inning against Oakland starter Adrián Martínez, putting the Mariners in one shot. Martínez gave up five runs in six hits and two walks in five innings and hit out seven.
Kelenic tied the game with an RBI double off reliever Kirby Snead in the sixth. Frazier added a two-run double to give Seattle the lead.
Snead (1-1) gave up two runs with two hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning.
Matthew Boyd (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn his second win as a Mariner. Boyd and five other assists limited the A’s to just two hits in 6 2/3 innings.
VOGT ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
Vogt announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season, ending a 10-year major league career.
“It just felt right,” he said. “It just felt like I don’t want to play anywhere else, I don’t want to be anywhere else, as a player, I don’t want to achieve anything other than helping these guys the rest of the year.”
Vogt has spent six seasons with the A’s. The 37-year-old also played for Tampa Bay, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Arizona and Atlanta.
“I feel so fortunate that I’ve earned the opportunity to walk away on my terms,” he said. “I am very proud of what I have achieved.”
Vogt hopes to stay in baseball after his playing career.
“My ultimate goal is to manage,” he said. “I want to make it in the big leagues. …One of the things I’ve really tried and want to keep doing is make this game a better place. I got a lot of people to do that for me and I want to keep doing that.”
Mariners: SS JP Crawford was ruled out of the lineup with a minor leg problem. “He kind of had a fun slide at second base four or five days ago,” said manager Scott Servais. “Got hit in the same leg by a punch. Didn’t look like he was moving much last night.
Athletics: RHP Adam Oller (right rib costochondritis) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday. “He’s on track to be ready if everything goes well in this program,” said manager Mark Kotsay. … LHP Sam Moll (left shoulder strain), RHP Zach Jackson (right shoulder inflammation) and OF Ramón Laureano (right thigh muscle strain) will miss the rest of the season.
Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (10-14, 4.01 ERA) opens a three-game series in Kansas City on Friday. Gonzales has pitched at least six innings in five consecutive starts.
Athletics: LHP Cole Irvin (9-11, 3.79) attempts to win his fourth straight decision on Friday as Oakland hosts the New York Mets to a three-game streak. It will be Irvin’s first career start against the Mets.
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