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June 16, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Mariners collapse as team from middle innings on

The Oakland Athletics congratulate each other on the field after a 10-2 pounding of the Mariners.

The Oakland Athletics congratulate each other on the field after a 10-2 pounding of the Mariners.

This was a real disappointing performance by the Mariners today in what might be a turning point on this road trip. The Mariners went down, 10-2 to the Oakland Athletics, in a game that was a whole lot closer than the final score indicates.

In fact, the Mariners led 2-0 in the fourth inning and probably should have had at least twice as many runs scored. But once again, they could not take advantage of some early struggles by a starter despite five hits allowed by Bartolo Colon in the second inning alone.

Instead, the Mariners would noth just one more hit off olon the rest of the way — a bloop single in the sixth — and allowed him to get through seven strong frames.

Meanwhile, Hisashi Iwakuma just didn’t look himself.

Iwakuma struggled the first three innings, but kept pitching out of jams. He couldn’t do it in the fourth, though, as the A’s scored twice to tie it, then added two more runs in the fifth.

By the seventh inning, the game felt over despite it still being only a 4-2 contest.

That’s when the A’s put things away with four home runs over a two-inning span by Josh Donaldson, Seth Smith, Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick. The Mariners had their chances to sweep here, with the early lead and one of their aces on the mound.

Instead, they fell apart.

Now, they need to go to Anaheim and win some games if they hope to have even a winning road trip. Once again, they’ve decided to do things the hard way in a season that’s running out of time on them when it comes to doing something rather basic like sweep a series.

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