BY SPNW Staff 04:55PM 07/05/2015

Game recap: Mariners 2, Athletics 1

Takeaway

Playing to avoid last place in the American League West, the Mariners (38-44) held on for a taut 2-1 win Sunday over the Athletics at O.co Coliseum (box score). The victory salvaged a 2-2 split against Oakland (38-47) in a series featuring the two bottom-feeding teams in the division.

Essential moment

OF Seth Smith, the Mariners’ most consistent hitter, had a two-out, two-run single that gave the Mariners a 2-1 lead and chased emergency starter RHP Chris Bassitt in the sixth. The rally started with two outs when 2B Robinson Cano was hit on the ankle, then RF Nelson Cruz doubled to put runners on second and third.

Hitters

A day after being shut out for the second time this series, the Mariners were again listless offensively — except for Smith’s heroics. They finished with five hits, but hey, at least they improved their batting average with runners in scoring position.

They went 1-for-1.

Pitchers

After throwing shutouts his past two starts and earning a spot in the rotation, LHP Mike Montgomery (4-2, 1.62 ERA) took a slight step back but still picked up his third consecutive win.

Montgomery allowed one run on six hits and a walk in 5.2 innings. He served up a solo homer to Sam Fuld in the third, ending his scoreless streak at 20 innings, but kept the Mariners in the game.

Reliever Mark Lowe worked a scoreless 1.1 innings, LHP Joe Beimel worked a perfect eighth and Fernando Rodney, back in the closer role, allowed a two-out single and walk in the ninth before getting Mark Canha to ground out to pick up his 16th save in 19 chances.

Words

Manager Lloyd “McClendon on Smith’s single: “It was huge. He was very determined. I thought the guy threw some pretty nasty pitches to him. But he stayed in there and really battled and found a hole.”

Noteworthy

OF James Jones batted leadoff Sunday, going 0-for-4, while 3B Kyle Seager moved up to second and notched a hit in four at-bats. . . The Mariners finished 5-4 on the road trip to improve to 21-21 on the road. They are 17-23 at Safeco Field . . . Lowe has a 0.72 ERA in 25 innings this season . . . LF Dustin Ackley hit the ball hard three times and went 2-for-3, pushing his batting average to .206.

Next

The Mariners start a seven-game homestand Monday that will bring them to the All-Star break, beginning with a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (0-1, 6.61 ERA) Monday makes his first big-league start since April 20 after spending the past few months on the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle. The Tigers counter with RHP Alfredo Simon (7-5, 3.94 ERA), who has a 11.05 ERA in his past three starts after pitching like an All-Star the first few months of the season.


YourThoughts

  • Rj Smith

    Another offensive explosion of 2 runs to start another 1 game win streak, doesn’t get much better than this. So we have a 7 game home stand from a team that plays absolutely awful at home, is barely out of the basement & had their season go right down the toilet after an outstanding homestand where they lost NINE of 11 games. I think it’s a safe bet the sinking M’s will be in last at the All Star break. Unfortunately Trader Jack Z will still be in charge.

  • jafabian

    I’m a big fan of Jones but I think Ruggs should have been called up instead. He’s a solid hitter vs. lefties and the club could use someone like that on the bench. Not about to say the Rodney of last year is back but it’s good to see the club giving him the opportunity to close again. Wasn’t pretty but at least he got the save.