Mariners blank A's againApr 23, 2011 - 6:28 AM
Jack Wilson had two hits and plated a run while Ichiro Suzuki chipped in two hits for the Mariners, who won the first game of the series 1-0 on Thursday.
Michael Pineda (3-1) had a nice start for Seattle, throwing six shutout innings and scattering five hits with five strikeouts.
"He had to work early, but he worked through it," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said of Pineda. "He did a good job getting his pitch count back on line after that and was able to give us six innings and did another fine job. He obviously has a great arm and when he couples that with that secondary stuff, and is aggressive with it, he's pretty good."
Starting pitcher Tyson Ross (1-2) gave up three runs in 4 1/3 innings for Oakland, which was 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position to suffer its third straight loss. The hurler, who turned 24 on Friday, surrendered four hits and walked four in a not-so happy birthday.
"Definitely not fun, feel like you're wasting a lot of good starts and games that you could be winning, that hopefully aren't going to hurt you down the road in September," A's second baseman Mark Ellis said of their struggles. "When we do start swinging the bats we're going to win a lot of games, you just want that to be sooner rather than later."
The game was a pitching duel through the first 4 1/2 innings with the Mariners holding slim 1-0 lead. But during the bottom of the fifth, Ross was chased off the mound after putting runners on the corners. Wilson led off with a single, moved to second on a passed ball and reached third on Suzuki's groundout. Ross then walked Chone Figgins to end his outing.
Jerry Blevins entered only to walk the first two batters he faced -- Michael Saunders to load the bases, and Jack Cust to send Wilson across. That set up Kennedy's two-RBI liner up the middle to make the score 4-0.
Brad Ziegler had to replace Blevins and got Miguel Olivo and Ryan Langerhans to strike out and end the threat.
Pineda continued to pitch well until he left the game after the sixth. Four Mariners relievers combined to hold the A's scoreless.
David Pauley and Aaron Laffey combined to hurl scoreless seventh and eighth innings. Jamey Wright came in the ninth and had a little trouble by loading the bases on two singles and a walk.
Brandon League, though, came in and got a 5-4-3 double play to end the game and notch his fifth save of the season.
Seattle got on the board in the second which was started by Kennedy's single up the middle. Langerhans walked with one out and Wilson then sent Kennedy home on a hard chopper through the left side that skipped right under shortstop Cliff Pennington's glove.
The A's have been held scoreless for 18 consecutive innings dating back to Wednesday's loss against Boston...Mariners' outfielder Milton Bradley left in the third inning because of lower back spasms...Pineda has had four quality starts to begin his rookie season. He is the first Seattle rookie pitcher to do so.
- OAKLAND: 0
Apr 23 1:15 AM
- Adam Kennedy single to center scored Chone Figgins and Michael Saunders with one out. Runners on first and third and Miguel Olivo due up.
Athletics 0, Mariners 4 Bot 5, 1 OutApr 22 11:57 PM
- Jack Cust walked in Jack Wilson with one out. Bases loaded and Adam Kennedy due up.
Athletics 0, Mariners 2 Bot 5, 1 OutApr 22 11:55 PM
- Coco Crisp grounded out second to first. None on with one out and Daric Barton due up.
Athletics 0, Mariners 1 Top 3, 1 OutApr 22 11:05 PM
- OAKLAND: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Apr 22 10:11 PM
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