Winker homers again and drives in 3, Mariners blank A’s 9-0

Jesse Winker scored for the second straight day, Cal Raleigh also scored and the Mariners won consecutive games for the first time in more than two weeks.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jesse Winker hit a homer for the second day in a row, Cal Raleigh also connected and the Seattle Mariners won straight games for the first time in more than two weeks by beating the Oakland Athletics 9-0 on Wednesday night defeated.

JP Crawford doubled twice and rode in two heats. Julio Rodríguez added two goals and scored twice for Seattle, who had lost seven of nine before starting their road trip with two wins against the Majors’ worst team.

The A’s fell to 23-47 and used a positional player on the mound. Oakland infielder Sheldon Neuse hit a 1-2-3 ninth in his first pitching appearance of his career.

George Kirby (2-2) allowed five hits and had six strikeouts in six scoreless innings to continue a string of strong plays from Mariners starters while finishing his own three-game sled. Seattle’s rotation has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 11 straight games, the team’s longest streak since a franchise-record 12-game streak in 2014.

A day after participating in three straight Mariners home runs in an 8-2 win, Winker had an RBI single in the third and then hit his sixth homer, a two-run drive to center in Seattle’s fifth heat. After a slipping Eugenio Suárez beat Nick Allen’s shortstop throw at Adam Frazier’s grounder, Crawford’s two-run double made it 8-0.

Kirby, whose only other career win was in Baltimore on May 31, pitched with runners in nearly every inning but didn’t let anyone past first base until the fifth, when Oakland’s first two batters reached. Kirby then punched Chad Pinder, causing Allen and Tony Kemp to fly out.

Ramón Laureano had two goals for Oakland. The A’s are 3-15 in June and have lost 17 of 20 overall.

Raleigh smashed a 3-1 sinker from Paul Blackburn off the frontage high above the midfield fence in the second.

Blackburn (6-3) allowed seven runs and 10 hits in four innings. He had given up a run over his previous 13 1/3 innings.


Athletics: OF Stephen Piscotty singed in four at-bats in his second rehab game with Triple-A Las Vegas. Piscotty has been on the injury list since May 7 with a strained left calf.


Mariners: LHP Robbie Ray (6-6, 4.25 ERA) meets the A’s for the second time this season. He had 10 strikeouts in seven innings against Oakland on May 25.

Athletics: RHP Frankie Montas (3-7, 3.53 ERA) has allowed two earned runs or fewer in nine starts this season but has one win in his last 11 appearances. Winker homers again and drives in 3, Mariners blank A’s 9-0

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