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August 3, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. A’s, Aug. 3: Mariners win 7-4

It got a bit rocky in the ninth, with Josh Willingham getting a three-run homer off Jeff Gray. But Brandon League came in to get the final two outs for his 26th save, and the Mariners completed the three-game sweep. They’re starting to look like a baseball team.
MARINERS EIGHTH: Mariners have 14 hits — all singles. Mike Carp got them another run with his third single, and second RBI. Wells just missed three-run homer on a ball that hooked foul before striking out. Jeff Gray is in to pitch the ninth. 7-1 Mariners
MARINERS SEVENTH: M’s knock out Gonzalez and add two more runs. Casper Wells had his second RBI single of the game. 6-1 Mariners.
OAKLAND SEVENTH: The M’s appeared to be in big trouble with Oakland loaded the bases with one out, but Jamey Wright got Adam Rosales to ground into a 6-4-3 double play. 4-1 Mariners.
MARINER SIXTH: They add two runs on an RBI groundout by Mike Carp and RBI single by Casper Wells. Oakland annoyer Brendan Ryan reached on bunt single. 4-1 Mariners.
OAKLAND FIFTH: Furbush lost his perfect game, and shutout, on back-to-back doubles by Conor Jackson and Scott Sizemore, but Gutierrez gunned down Sizemore at third trying to advance on Rosales fly out to end the inning. Sizemore overslid the bag, and WIlson made an alert tag. Jackson’s hit was off the top of the the wall, prompting an instant replay review by umps to see if it was a homer, but they ruled no. Halman actually had a shot at catching the ball, but he whiffed. 2-1 Mariners.
MARINERS FOURTH: The Mariners finally break into the run column, with Josh Bard delivering the timely hit, a two-run single with runenrs on second and third, one out, to score Mike Carp and Casper Wells. But Gonzalez bore down to strike out Wilson and Halman. Halman has fanned 31 times in 85 at-bats this year. 2-0 Mariners.
A’S FOURTH: Jack Wilson is taking nicely to this third base business. He made his second diving stop of the game, this time robbing Coco Crisp of a hit. That helped Furbush to another 1-2-3 inning, including his third strikeout (Jemile Weeks). He’s thrown 44 pitches. That’ll work. 0-0.
MARINERS THIRD: The Mariners had two singles and a walk but didn’t score. One of the singles was erased when Jack Wilson was picked off first. Dustin Ackley struck out looking at a 3-2 pitch with runners on first and second for the third out of the inning. 0-0.
A’S THIRD: Nine up, nine down for Furbush, who has thrown just 33 pitches. He struck out Ryan Sweeney on a curve. He’s mixing up his pitches well, and he’s got that deceptive, funky delivery. 0-0.
MARINERS SECOND: Gonzalez rolls through an easy inning, striking out Wells and Bard, with a ground out by Gutierrez in between. 0-0.
A’S SECOND: Another 1-2-3 inning for Furbush, aided by sensational play from first-time third baseman Jack Wilson. He dived to his left to stop a smash by Josh Willingham, and threw him out. On the previous pitch, WIllingham had hit a towering drive into the upper deck in left, barely foul. Furbush has 25 pitches through two. At this pace, he’ll stay around awhile. 0-0.
MARINERS FIRST: The Mariners have a promising start, with back-to-back singles by Brendan Ryan and Dustin Ackley with one out to put runners on the corners. But Mike Carp grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. 0-0.
A’S FIRST: A very nice first inning for Charlie Furbush, who needs just 12 pitches to get two foul outs and a routine fly to center by Hideki Matsui. 0-0.

The Mariners go for their first series sweep since taking three from San Diego, May 20-22. Their last sweep against an American League foe was against Detroit, April 26-28.
Charlie Furbush will be on a pitch count, but manager Eric Wedge wouldn’t reveal the number, saying he didn’t want to tip off the A’s. If the Marners can get five innings out of him, they’ll probably be happy. Aaron Laffey and Tom Wilhelmsen are available for long relief.
Good note from Mariner media relations: Ichiro’s .374 average (49-for-131) as a DH is highest of any player since 2001 with at least 50 at-bats. He ranks ahead of Albert Pujols (.360, 18-for-50), Brennan Boesch (.354, 28-for-79), and Nomar Garciaparra (.350, 28-for-80). This year, Ichiro is hitting .412 (7-for-17) in four previous starts at DH.

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