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September 30, 2010 at 6:42 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. A’s, Sept. 30: M’s lose, 8-1

It’s over, an 8-1 loss to Oakland that drops the Mariners to 61-98. It was a pretty miserable effort. They gave up 16 hits and had only six themselves, committed two errors, and had a run-scoring balk.
SEATTLE EIGHTH: Stop the presses: the M’s pushed across a run on a Smoak single, wild pitch and two fielder’s choices, Greg Halman’s netting the RBI. 8-1 A’s.
OAKLAND EIGHTH:Cliff Pennington rips a homer off Anthony Varvaro, putting Oakland up 8-0. The only mystery now is whether the M’s will be shut out for 14th time this season. 8-0 A’s.
OAKLAND SIXTH:The A’s knocked out Fister with a two-run homer by Chris Carter that was crushed to left. He’s one of the A’s bright young hopes for the future. Give Oakland team a little more offense next year, and they’ll be dangerous. The A’s added an unearned run off Brian Sweeney (Adam Moore throwing error on stolen base) to go up 7-0. Looks like loss No. 98 is imminent.
OAKLAND FIFTH: Tough inning for Fister as the A’s use five hits and a balk to score four runs. In his defense, two were infield hits, and Jack Cust’s two-run single was a blooper.Fister has allowed 11 hits through five. 4-0 A’s.
SEATTLE FOURTH:Can anyone get a clutch hit? The Mariners loaded the bases on three walks by Gio Gonzalez, but Josh Wilson flied out to center. 0-0.
OAKLAND FOURTH:Fister gets three fly-ball outs around a Jack Cust single. He’s given up six hits through four, but no runs. 0-0.
SEATTLE THIRD:The Mariners get a couple of baserunners but can’t do anything with it. Franklin Gutierrez struck out for the final out. 0-0.
OAKLAND THIRD:Ichiro gunned down Chris Carter trying to score from second on Daric Barton’s two-out single. Perfect throw, shades of Terrence Long in 2001. Still 0-0.
SEATTLE SECOND:Justin Smoak, who has homered in his past three games, smoked a double into the left-field corner, but in a shocking development, the Mariners can’t advance him. Still, it’s encouraging to see Smoak hitting with authority. 0-0.
OAKLAND SECOND:Fister coaxed another double-play ball, this one from Jeremy Hermida, after Kevin Kouzmanoff’s two-out single. So far, 1 1/2 innings played, and three DPs. It’s a magical night. 0-0.
SEATTLE FIRST:Ichiro opened the inning with a single — his 209th hit — but was promptly erased on a double-play ball by Chone Figgins. 0-0.
OAKLAND FIRST: The A’s got two soft singles against Doug Fister, but he got out of it on a 5-4-3 double play started by Matt Mangini, making his Safeco debut. 0-0.
Lineups
Oakland
Rajai Davis CF
Daric Barton 1B
Mark Ellis 2B
Jack Cust DH
Kurt Suzuki C
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Jeremy Hermida RF
Chris Carter LF
Cliff Pennington SS
Gio Gonzalez LHP (14-9, 3.35)
Mariners
Ichiro RF
Chone Figgins 2B
Franklin Gutierrez CF
Justin Smoak 1B
Adam Moore C
Matt Mangini 3B
Greg Halman LF
Michael Saunders DH
Josh Wilson SS
Doug Fister RHP (6-13, 3.91)
The Mariners need to at least split the final four games with the A’s to avoid 100 losses. They’re starting a lot of kids today — Smoak, Moore, Mangini, Halman and Saunders, which is what they should be doing. Russ Branyan (back) is probably out for the season, while Jose Lopez (dislocated middle finger) could possibly DH Saturday or Sunday, manager Daren Brown said.

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