Michael Saunders got the Mariners back within a run at 4-2, hitting a solo homer to center field off Sean Doolittle. We’re headed to the seventh inning stretch with the A’s trying to hold off the Angels, now 1 1/2 games back.
Charlie Furbush is on to pitch for the Mariners.
9:03 p.m.: Midway through the sixth, the Mariners are on the short end of a 4-1 score. Blake Beavan didn’t make it through five innings, giving up a two-run homer to Stephen Drew in the third after numerous fly balls that looked like they had a shot at going out.
Beavan flirted with danger in the fifth, walking Drew to load the bases. Oliver Perez came on in relief with two out, but a passed ball by John Jaso allowed a fourth run to score before Perez got the final out of the inning.
Seattle loaded the bases with two out in the sixth, chasing starter A.J. Griffin from the game. But Sean Doolittle came on and got Justin Smoak to fly out to right.
7:40 p.m.: We’re all tied up at 1-1 after Trayvon Robinson took one over the center field wall in the second inning. That’s the 17th conseuctive game with at least one home run for the Mariners, just two shy of the club record from 1999.
Coco Crisp led off the first inning with a homer for Oakland against Blake Beavan. The Angels are winning at Texas and the Ryas are losing to the White Sox, so some team is going to really get messed up bad tonight.
7:07 p.m.: The past few days saw the Mariners trying to impact the American League wild-card race from Anaheim, where a win yesterday put a real damper on the Angels’ playoff hopes. Tonight and the rest of this weekend, the M’s will attempt to influence things the other way: helping the Angels (and the Rays now) get back in it by beating Oakland.
In other words, the Mariners are just trying to mess up the whole danged thing for everybody. Like a saboteur of some sort.
Blake Beavan takes the mound.