A's Dump Mariners 6-1

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Travis Buck homered and scored three runs, and Adam Kennedy extended his torrid start for Oakland with a career high-tying four hits and two RBIs in the Athletics' 6-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday.

Brett Anderson pitched six strong innings for his second major league win with the last-place A's, who beat Seattle for just the second time in seven meetings this season.

Ichiro Suzuki went 4 for 4 with three infield hits to extend his hitting streak to 19 games, and Kenji Johjima homered before leaving with a broken toe in the opener of the Mariners' six-game road trip.

Anderson (2-4) yielded six hits and two walks, largely staying out of trouble at the Coliseum despite retiring the side in order just once. The 21-year-old left-hander picked up his first major league win in his previous start last week at Tampa Bay with six innings of four-hit ball.

Kevin Cameron pitched three scoreless innings of relief for his first career save for Oakland.

Oakland scored three runs in the second inning with three consecutive hits, including a two-run double down the right-field line by Kennedy, who entered the day batting .400 for the team that rescued him from Tampa Bay's minor-league system earlier this month.

The former AL championship series MVP has provided a rare spark to the A's awful offense, going 20 for 37 in his last nine games. He has 26 hits in his first 15 games with Oakland.

Kennedy also walked and eventually scored on an error in the first, sliding home in a collision with Johjima. Kennedy finished up the 15th four-hit game of his career with an eighth-inning double.

Johjima hurt his left big toe in the collision with Kennedy and postgame X-rays revealed the broken toe that probably will keep him out for at least two weeks. He stayed in the game after the collision and even homered in the second inning, but was replaced by Rob Johnson in the third.

Chris Jakubauskas (3-5) didn't get out of the fourth inning for Seattle, giving up six hits, three walks and five runs in his shortest start of the month.

Oakland went up 5-1 in the fourth on Buck's second homer of the season, and Buck scored on Brandon Morrow's wild pitch in the sixth.

Suzuki beat out infield hits in the first, third and fifth innings, giving him a major league-leading 21 infield hits, including 13 in his last 17 games. The star outfielder is 32 for 84 during the streak.


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