A's Come Back to Beat Mariners 3-2

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Gregorio Petit capped a three-hit night with a two-out single that scored Bobby Crosby from second in the ninth and the Oakland Athletics rallied with runs in the final two innings for a 3-2 victory over Seattle on Saturday night.

Seattle's bullpen that has been so solid all season was leaky on this night as the A's pieced together single runs in the eighth and ninth to snap a seven-game losing streak to the Mariners.

Petit, making his season debit after being called up from Triple-A Sacramento on Friday to replace the injured Eric Chavez, saw Crosby come up with his first steal of the season earlier in his at-bat.

Then on a 3-2 pitch, Petit lined David Aardsma's fastball into right. Crosby raced through a stop sign from third-base coach Mike Gallego and plowed safely over catcher Rob Johnson when he couldn't handle Ichiro Suzuki's one-hop throw from right.

Andrew Bailey (3-0) got the win for Oakland after giving up three single and a run scoring sacrifice fly from Endy Chavez in the seventh inning that gave Seattle a 2-1 lead. Michael Wurtz then pitched the ninth for his second save in two opportunities and just the third save of his career.

With the teams wearing the 1939 uniforms of the Seattle Rainiers and the Oakland Oaks from the old Pacific Coast League, Seattle's Jarrod Washburn and Oakland starter Trevor Cahill twirled a good ol' pitchers dual. But neither was involved in the decision as this one rested with the bullpens.

Seattle appeared to take control in the seventh thanks to consecutive one-out singles by Franklin Gutierrez, Yuniesky Betancourt and Ichiro Suzuki. Gutierrez's hit was the first for a right-handed batter off Bailey this season.

Chavez then fought off Bailey's pitch and lined a fly ball to left that was deep enough for Gutierrez to score and break the 1-all tie.

Seattle's lead didn't last long. With Mark Lowe in to relieve Washburn, Ryan Sweeney dropped a double just in front of Chavez's diving attempt in left with one out in the eighth. Two batters later, Giambi beat the shift of the Mariners infield, grounding a single right where shortstop Betancourt would normally be playing. Sweeney jogged home and Washburn was erased from the decision.

Crosby walked on four pitches from Aardsma (0-1) with one out in the ninth, then was safe at second on his steal attempt when Johnson's throw was slightly to the third base side.

Washburn pitched seven strong innings for Seattle, but missed out on his fourth victory. Except for his last start against the Angels, Washburn has been outstanding. He gave up just one run and five hits in his seven innings of work against the A's, and struck out six.

Cahill was equally strong, allowing only Russell Branyan's second homer in as many games. Cahill took a no-hitter into the seventh inning earlier this season against Seattle, only to lose that game 1-0.


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