News of the day: Blake Beavan will start on Tuesday against the Rangers. Taijuan Walker, who was in consideration for that spot, will instead make a rehab start for Tacoma. Read the full story here.
And now for the game…
Top 7th: Eric Sogard walks to start the inning, steals second and ends up on third with one out. But Dominic Leone gets a ground out and strikeout to end the inning. A’s 3, Mariners 1.
Bottom 6th: Robinson Cano singles, but that’s it. Brad Miller and Justin Smoak strike out. The Mariners have struck out eight times against Sonny Gray tonight. A’s 3, Mariners 1.
Top 6th: Ramirez out, Dominic Leone in. Yoenis Cespedes lines a ball to Dustin Ackley, who catches it but then drops it on the exchange. Cespedes hadn’t made it to first and turned back to the dugout by the time Ackley dropped it, so the Mariners were able to get a 7-6-3 force out. Second time Ackley has done that in this game. Leone gives up one hit but that’s all. A’s 3, Mariners 1.
Bottom 5th: Saunders, Buck and Almonte go down in order. The Mariners have been retired in order in three of five innings, have three hits and six strikeouts. A’s 3, Mariners 1.
Top 5th: Ramirez walks the leadoff hitter but gets an inning-ending double play. Ramirez has really battled control issues, but considering that and considering he’s put the leadoff batter on base in all five innings, this could be a lot worse than it is. A’s 3, Mariners 1.
Bottom 4th: Kyle Seager walks with two outs and then Logan Morrison singles, but Dustin Ackley strikes out to end the threat. A’s 3, Mariners 1.
Top 4th: The leadoff hitter reaches for the fourth straight inning, but Erasmo Ramirez gets the next three A’s to go down in order. A’s 3, Mariners 1.
Bottom 3rd: Buck, Almonte and Miller go down in order again. Now nine straight retired by Sonny Gray. A’s 2, Mariners.
Top 3rd: Ramirez struggles with his control and walks the first two batters of the inning. Then things get confusing: Brandon Moss hits a fly ball to Dustin Ackley in left field, but Ackley drops it as he slides (it looked like a catch). Moss, though, is ruled out because he passed the runner on first. A run scored on the bizarre play that left the scorekeepers slightly confused. A’s 3, Mariners 1.
Bottom 2nd: Very quick three up, three down from Morrison, Ackley and Saunders. A’s 2, Mariners 1.
Top 2nd: Alberto Callaspo leads off with a double, but Ramirez buckles down and gets the next three batters. A’s 2, Mariners 1.
Bottom 1st: Abraham Almonte lines a single to left field, Brad Miller singles up the middle and Robinson Cano drives in a run when he grounds out to third base. A’s 2, Mariners 1.
Top 1st: Coco Crisp reached on an infield single, and Josh Donaldson blasted a two-run homer to left field off Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez. Ramirez also strikes out two. A’s 2, Mariners 0.