Oakland 6, Seattle 1

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, September 7, 2012 10:10 PM
Location - Safeco Field
Temperature - 75°
Umpires - Home Plate - Jim Joyce, First Base - Lance Barrett, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - James Hoye,
Attendance - 17128

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Oakland 1 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 6 13 0
Seattle 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Oakland 77-60 42-30 35-30 W1
Seattle 67-72 36-34 31-38 L1

Recap


Athletics 6, Mariners 1:
George Kottaras belted a three-run homer and visiting Oakland pounded Seattle ace Felix Hernandez to snap a three-game losing streak.

Rookie A.J. Griffin (5-0) won his second straight start since coming off the disabled list, allowing one run and striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings to help the Athletics move one-half game ahead of Baltimore for the American League wild-card lead.

Cliff Pennington had three hits while Josh Donaldson and Stephen Drew had RBI hits in the fifth inning to knock out Fernandez and send him to his second-earliest exit of the season.

Fernandez (13-7) lost his second straight start following a nine-game winning streak, giving up six runs on a season high-tying 11 hits to fall to 13-6 lifetime against Oakland.

Griffin, meanwhile, permitted only a second-inning RBI single by Brendan Ryan and has not allowed more than three runs or two walks in any of his 10 career starts.

Kottaras broke a 1-1 deadlock in the fourth with his fourth homer of the year and third in as many games. Donaldson doubled home a run in the fifth and scored on Drew's single for a 6-1 lead, ending Hernandez's night.

Oakland got solid work from its bullpen, with Jerry Blevins tossing 1 2/3 hitless innings before Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle finished up to hand the Mariners only their fourth loss in the past 15 games at Safeco Field.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Athletics RHP Brandon McCarthy showed positive signs Friday - getting out bed, eating food - in the wake of surgery for an epidural hematoma. McCarthy suffered a fractured skull and brain contusion when he was hit in the head by a line drive in Wednesday's game. Oakland's team trainer said McCarthy's situation remains "life-threatening" but the medical staff is "cautiously optimistic." ... Mariners DH Luis Jimenez, who has been with seven organizations since 2001, singled in the fourth for his first major-league hit. ... The home run by Kottaras was the 12th surrendered by Hernandez and only the third in his last 17 starts. ... Fernandez allowed double-digit hits for the fourth time this season. The first three came in a span of four starts in May.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Oakland   Seattle
A.J. Griffin Player Felix Hernandez
Win W/L Loss
5.1 IP 4.2
7 Strikeouts 4
6 Hits 11
1.69 ERA 9.64
Hitting
Oakland   Seattle
Cliff Pennington Player John Jaso
4 Hits 2
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
5 TB 2
1.000 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Oakland 13 1 18 .342 18 7 5 2 1 0
Seattle 7 0 7 .206 15 10 1 3 0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Seattle will play their next game at home against Oakland. The Mariners have a W/L % of .471 after a win and .493 after a loss.
  • Oakland will play their next game on the road against Seattle. The Athletics have a W/L % of .605 after a win and .508 after a loss.