Suarez’s 2 homers, 5 RBIs lead Seattle to 10-2 win over A’s

The Mariners (66-54) are 37-15 in their last 52 games, the best in the league for that span

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Eugenio Suarez scored twice and drove in five runs as the Seattle Mariners earned their fourth straight win, 10-2 over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

Marco Gonzales (8-12) allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings to beat Oakland for the third time this season.

Seattle retained a half-game lead over Toronto for the AL’s best wildcard spot. The Mariners (66-54) are 37-15 in their last 52 games, the best in the league for that span.

Suarez went deep twice against left-hander Cole Irvin (6-11) and hit a two-barrel homer in the fourth that put Seattle 3-2 ahead and then closed a three-barrel shot midway through the sixth to it to make 6- 2. Suarez has 22 home runs this season, his first with Seattle, and 151 since 2018, the most this stint in the majors.

Oakland scored twice against Gonzales the first time around to take a 2-1 lead but fell silent after that, losing to Seattle for the 20th time in 23 encounters. That includes 10 straight for the Mariners at Oakland Coliseum, who are tied for the team’s second-longest home loss to a team since the franchise moved to Oakland in 1968.

The A’s were 6-2 down when they loaded the bases with an out in the sixth. But Matt Brash replaced Gonzales and knocked out pinch-hitter Vimael Machin and pulled back another pinch-hitter, Tony Kemp, on a fielder’s choice grounder.

Oakland promoted helper Norge Ruiz, making him the 10th freshman on the A’s current 13-man pitching team. The right-hander had a tough major league debut, allowing four runs, two of them earned, on six hits in 1-2 /3 innings. Ruiz was a high-profile international signer from Cuba in 2016 and received a $2 million signing bonus from Oakland, but he had a 5.08 ERA spanning more than four minor league seasons until this season when he won the Walks restricted and earned his first trip to the majors.

Mariners: LHP Matthew Boyd (flexor tendon strain) made two scoreless one-inning relief appearances while in rehab at Triple-A Tacoma. He will extend to two innings in his next game, manager Scott Servais said. Boyd could join the Seattle bullpen in the next week or two.

Athletics: RHP Paul Blackburn (torn finger tendon) said he suffered pain in his last four starts before being closed for the season on Tuesday. A first-time All-Star this season, Blackburn injured his right middle finger before his July 13 start in Texas. He said the discomfort grew progressively worse, interfering with his ability to stretch out his finger and finish pitches. “I was hoping it would just go away,” he said. “…It just never went away. It got worse.” His finger will be in a cast for six to eight weeks but he is expected to be at full strength for spring training.

Mariners RHP Logan Gilbert (10-5, 3.51 ERA) takes the mound on Saturday, trying to pull off a seven-start winning streak. He has allowed 16 earned runs in his last three starts. The A counter with RHP James Kaprieelian (3-7, 4.33), who is 0-4 with a 4.70 ERA in eight home starts this season. Suarez’s 2 homers, 5 RBIs lead Seattle to 10-2 win over A’s

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