March 4, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez (34) pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Mariners Defeat Oakland Athletics 6-4

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Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Mariners held a Supreme Court Friday as Felix Hernandez made his 2014 home debut. Felix got plenty of run support this time as the Mariners beat the A’s 6-4 at Safeco Field. The win moves the Mariners 1/2 game ahead of Oakland for first place in the AL West.

The power outage experience by the Mariners offense on Wednesday was short-lived. The Mariners jumped all over Tommy Milone with a run in the first, two more in the 4th and two more in the 6th before finally being relieved.

It looked like a comedy of errors in the first inning as Abraham Almonte doubled to left on the first pitch. Yoenis Cespedes overran it allowing Almonte to get to 2nd easily. Brad Miller then pushed a bunt up the first-base line that was laid down perfectly. Miller reached and the Mariners were in business.

Robinson Cano then grounded to first, but he beat the toss from first baseman Daric Barton to Milone and Almonte scored. The inning could have been a lot worse, as the Mariners would leave the bases loaded.

But in the 4th, the Mariners scored a couple on a couple of hits and a couple of Athletics errors. In the 6th, Mike Zunino and Brad Miller homered to extend the lead to 6-0.

Felix allowed two earned runs in seven innings, striking out 11 and walking absolutely no one. He got into a bit of trouble in the 8th as he started the inning hitting Barton and giving up a single to Eric Sogard.

Lucas Luetge came in and walked the only batter he faced, loading the bases. Danny Farquhar then came in, walked one (bringing in the first run of the game for Oakland) and struck out one before making his exit. Charlie Furbush then came in and allowed a hit to Brandon Moss, a fielder’s choice to Cespedes and a wild pitch to plate a total of three more runs, cutting the lead to 6-4 before stopping the bleeding.

Fernando Rodney came in for the 9th to earn his 3rd save of the season in as many opportunities.

Erasmo Ramirez takes the bump Saturday against these same Athletics.

BOX SCORE

Oakland Batting
Batters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Fuld, CF 3 1 0 0 1 2 2 .200
   b- Crisp, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .250
Lowrie, SS 3 1 1 1 1 0 0 .258
Donaldson, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 1 3 .222
Moss, RF 4 0 1 1 0 2 2 .316
Cespedes, LF 4 0 0 1 0 2 4 .225
Callaspo, DH 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .409
Norris, D, C 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .286
   a- Jaso, PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .222
Barton, 1B 3 1 0 0 0 2 2 .100
Sogard, 2B 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .250
Totals 34 4 6 3 2 14 18

a-Doubled for Norris, D in the 9th. b-Struck out for Fuld in the 9th.

 

BATTING
2B: Callaspo (2, Hernandez, F), Jaso (2, Rodney).
TB: Donaldson; Moss; Lowrie; Callaspo 2; Sogard; Jaso 2.
RBI: Lowrie (5), Moss (10), Cespedes (7).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cespedes; Sogard; Fuld; Callaspo; Crisp.
Team RISP: 1-for-13.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
E: Donaldson (1, throw), Lowrie (1, fielding).

Seattle Batting
Batters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Almonte, A, CF 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 .237
Miller, B, SS 5 1 2 1 0 1 2 .220
Cano, 2B 4 0 2 1 0 1 0 .324
Smoak, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 .265
Hart, DH 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .214
Seager, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 1 3 .148
Romero, S, RF 4 0 0 0 0 4 5 .154
  Saunders, M, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .231
Ackley, LF 4 2 3 0 0 1 0 .286
Zunino, C 4 2 2 2 0 1 1 .281
Totals 37 6 12 4 0 12 16

 

BATTING
2B: Almonte, A (3, Milone), Ackley (2, Milone).
HR: Zunino (2, 6th inning off Milone, 1 on, 0 out), Miller, B (3, 6th inning off Pomeranz, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Cano 2; Zunino 5; Ackley 4; Hart; Almonte, A 2; Seager; Miller, B 5.
RBI: Cano (3), Zunino 2 (6), Miller, B (6).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Romero, S 3.
Team RISP: 3-for-8.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
E: Cano (2, fielding).

Oakland Pitching
Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Milone (L, 0-1) 5.0 10 5 3 0 7 1 5.40
Pomeranz 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 1 2.25
Johnson, J 2.0 0 0 0 0 4 0 11.81
Seattle Pitching
Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hernandez, F (W, 3-0) 7.0 4 2 2 0 11 0 2.11
Luetge 0.0 0 1 1 1 0 0 -.–
Farquhar 0.1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1.93
Furbush (H, 3) 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.38
Rodney (S, 3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.00

  Milone pitched to 2 batters in the 6th.
Hernandez, F pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.
Luetge pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

WP: Furbush.
HBP: Barton (by Hernandez, F), Hart (by Milone).
Pitches-strikes: Milone 93-63, Pomeranz 19-12, Johnson, J 30-20, Hernandez, F 104-71, Luetge 4-0, Farquhar 12-6, Furbush 7-4, Rodney 13-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Milone 4-1, Pomeranz 0-1, Johnson, J 2-0, Hernandez, F 6-4, Luetge 0-0, Farquhar 0-0, Furbush 1-0, Rodney 0-0.
Batters faced: Milone 27, Pomeranz 5, Johnson, J 6, Hernandez, F 27, Luetge 1, Farquhar 2, Furbush 3, Rodney 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Luetge 2-0, Farquhar 3-1, Furbush 3-3.
Umpires: HP: Chris Guccione. 1B: Pat Hoberg. 2B: Tom Hallion. 3B: Eric Cooper.
Weather: 60 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 2 mph, L to R.
T: 3:09.
Att: 38,968.
Venue: Safeco Field.
April 11, 2014

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