A's Come Back to Beat Mariners 4-3

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jason Giambi's two-run single capped a four-run seventh inning, and the Oakland Athletics shook their offensive woes just long enough to rally for a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.

A's starter Dallas Braden (4-5) was unexpectedly rewarded for battling through seven innings of nine-hit ball when his teammates pounded Seattle relievers Miguel Batista (2-1) and Mark Lowe, who wasted six scoreless innings by Jarrod Washburn.

The A's have the majors' worst slugging percentage and fewest extra-base hits among their various statistical struggles, yet they mounted a winning rally with only singles and walks. After Orlando Cabrera drove home a run and Matt Holliday drew a bases-loaded walk, Oakland went ahead with a single up the middle by Giambi, who has struggled to get his average above .220 during his return to the Bay Area.

Oakland has won two straight over Seattle after losing five of the clubs' first six meetings.

Andrew Bailey pitched the ninth for his second save in four chances.

Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a run-scoring single in the seventh, and Mike Sweeney and Russell Branyan drove in first-inning runs in the Mariners' fourth loss in six games.

The loss capped a discouraging day for the Mariners, who put catcher Kenji Johjima on the disabled list with a broken toe in another blow to their struggling offense.

Until the A's unlikely rally, Braden appeared headed for yet another hard-luck loss. The left-hander received more than one run of support just three times in his first nine starts, and the A's showed nothing against Seattle until their last chance to reward him.

Seattle's relievers also did nothing to preserve an outstanding effort by Washburn, who gave up six hits and left with a 3-0 lead. Despite consistently shutting down the A's struggling lineup, Washburn is winless in six starts since April 21.

After retiring his first batter, Batista yielded two singles and walked two before Lowe replaced him with the bases loaded. He got Jack Cust on a fly to center, but Holliday drew a walk and Giambi singled with two outs.

Sweeney drove home Seattle's first run with a double in the first inning, but the veteran developed back spasms after sliding hard into second base. Ken Griffey Jr. replaced him in the third, but went hitless in three at-bats.

Rob Johnson went 1 for 4 with a double in his first day as the Mariners' everyday catcher. Johjima will be out six to eight weeks.


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