NINTH INNING — The Athletics win 4-1. Punto hit a solo homer off Joe Beimel in the top of the ninth, and Doolittle closed the door in the bottom half for his 14th save of the season. The Mariners end the first half of the season with a 51-44 record.
EIGHTH INNING — Chavez had a one-out single against Gray and, after Jones grounded out to short, Cano was intentionally walked with two outs. That prompted a call for A’s closer Sean Doolittle, who got Seager to pop out to end the threat. … A nice inning for Brandon Maurer, who hit 99 mph on the Safeco radar gun at least a couple times while retiring the A’s in A’s 3, Mariners 1.
SEVENTH INNING — Gray set the Mariners down in order. … Danny Farquhar relieved Young to start the seventh. Young’s line: 6 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 2 strikeouts and 1 walk on 90 pitches. Farquhar allowed a Parrino single and hit Jaso with two outs, prompting a call for Charlie Furbush out of the bullpen. Furbush got Vogt to fly out to left to end the inning. A’s 3, Mariners 1.
SIXTH INNING — Unlucky ending to the sixth for the M’s. Seager, who fouled a ball off his knee before getting a single, was hit by a Morrison line drive as he took off from first on the 3-2 pitch. Ball hit Seager on his backside. He certainly looked a little miffed. Morrison, by the way, has been credited with a hit, with the second baseman (Punto) getting credit for the putout on Seager. … Moss, who just missed a homer in his previous at-bat, crushed a solo homer to right field off Young. A’s 3, Mariners 1.
FIFTH INNING — Gray again set the M’s down in order. He’s in a nice groove. … The A’s took a 2-1 lead after back-to-back RBI singles by Gentry and Jaso, both with two outs. Gentry’s single to center scored Lowrie, who slid in just ahead of the throw from Jones. Ackley had a chance to throw out Parrino, but the ball skipped up the first-base line. A’s 2, Mariners 1.
FOURTH INNING — This could come back to haunt the M’s: Cano and Seager had back-to-back singles to start the inning, with Cano moving to third on a ball that just sneaked under Lowrie’s glove. That put runners at first and third with no outs — and the M’s couldn’t get anything out of it. Morrison hit into a 1-6 fielder’s choice; Smoak popped out to third; and Ackley struck out. … Moss just missed a home run to right. The ball hooked just foul with two outs. Two pitches later, Young struck out Moss on a high fastball. Mariners 1, A’s 0.
THIRD INNING — Gray retires Zunino, Chavez and Jones in order. … The A’s get their first hit off Young on Parrino’s one-out double. Jones did a nice job in center to cut the ball off before it got to the wall, keeping Parrino at second. Young escaped after getting Gentry to fly out to right and Jaso to pop out to Miller in foul territory. Mariners 1, A’s 0.
SECOND INNING — Ackley drew a two-out walk but nothing more for the M’s. … Young needed just seven pitches to set the A’s down. Mariners 1, A’s 0.
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FIRST INNING — Jones singled up the middle with one out and hustled all the way to third on Gray’s errant pickoff throw. How much fun has Jones been this season? He then scored from third on a swinging bunt by Cano. … Smooth top of the first for Young, who retires A’s in order on 13 pitches. Mariners 1, A’s 0.
Kyle Seager, Fernando Rodney, Robinson Cano and Felix Hernandez have just been honored for their all-star selections, and we’re just about set for first pitch in the final game before the break.