Sep 2, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Fernando Rodney (56) pitches the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the ninth inning at O.co Coliseum. The Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Mariners Hold Off Athletics Comeback, Even Series

The Fernando Rodney Express pulled into Oakland Tuesday night and almost let the Athletics come all the way back. With two outs in the 9th and down by three runs, Rodney gave up three consecutive doubles, scoring two runs, before finally recording the last out and claiming the 6-5 win for Seattle, and his 40th save of the season.

James Paxton, who was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma earlier in the day, pitched seven shutout innings before running into some trouble in the 8th.

Paxton had two outs and a runner on third in the 8th, but he walked Josh Reddick – Paxton’s second walk of the inning – and Lloyd McClendon went to the bullpen. Yoervis Medina came in and gave up an RBI single to Adam Dunn and a 2RBI double by Craig Gentry to put the A’s on the board, but still trailing 6-3.

The Mariners staked Paxton to an early 6-0 lead by taking advantage of Sonny Gray‘s continued struggles.

Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The M’s struck for two runs in the 3rd, two in the 4th and two more in the 5th, capped by Kyle Seager‘s 2-run homer, his 21st of the season.

In the 9th, Rodney came in seeking his 40th save of the season. After striking out Josh Donaldson and Stephen Vogt to start the inning, Rodney gave up doubles by Derek Norris, Brandon Moss and Sam Fuld to cut the M’s lead to 6-5.

Rodney finally shut the door and shot the arrow after getting Reddick to ground out to short.

For Rodney, it is only the 2nd time in his career that he has had 40+ saves in a season (48 in 2012).

The Mariners even the series with the AL Wild-Card leading Athletics. They look to take the series and move to within 3.5 games of the A’s when they take the field Wednesday morning.

BOX SCORE

Batting

Seattle

 
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB AVG
Austin JacksonCF 4 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 .271
Dustin AckleyLF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .255
Robinson Canó2B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .321
Kyle Seager3B 4 1 1 2 1 0 2 0 0 .275
Kendrys MoralesDH 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .227
Logan Morrison1B 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .239
Stefen RomeroPR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .196
Justin Smoak1B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .205
Endy ChávezRF 1 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 .281
Chris DenorfiaPH-RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .220
James JonesPH-RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .253
Brad MillerSS 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .205
Jesús SucreC 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .217
Totals 31 6 8 6 1 2 5 1 5
Batting
2B – L Morrison (13, S Gray); E Chavez (12, S Gray)
HR – K Seager (21, 5th inning off S Gray 1 on, 2 Out)
S – J Jones, J Sucre
RBI – A Jackson 2 (42), K Seager 2 (84), E Chavez 2 (22)
2-out RBI – K Seager 2
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – R Cano 1, J Sucre 1
GIDP – R Cano
Team LOB – 2
Running
SB – A Jackson (15, 2nd base off S Gray/G Soto)
CS – S Romero (4, 3rd base by R Cook/G Soto)
Fielding
DP – 3 (R Cano-B Miller-L Morrison, B Miller-R Cano-L Morrison, K Seager-R Cano-L Morrison)

Oakland

 
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB AVG
Craig GentryCF 4 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .259
Jed LowrieSS 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .239
Josh Donaldson3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 .257
Jonny GómesLF 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .238
Stephen VogtPH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .301
Derek NorrisDH 4 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 .275
Nate Freiman1B 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .232
Brandon MossPH 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .244
Geovany SotoC 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .245
Sam FuldPH 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .255
Josh ReddickRF 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 .252
Alberto Callaspo2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .230
Adam DunnPH 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .226
Eric SogardPR-2B 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .222
Totals 32 5 9 5 0 3 5 0 9
Batting
2B – C Gentry (6, Y Medina); D Norris (19, F Rodney); B Moss (21, F Rodney); S Fuld (14, F Rodney)
RBI – C Gentry 2 (12), B Moss (77), S Fuld (27), A Dunn (57)
2-out RBI – C Gentry 2, B Moss, S Fuld, A Dunn
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – J Lowrie 1, J Reddick 1
GIDP – N Freiman, G Soto, J Reddick
Team LOB – 3
Running
CS – C Gentry (2, 2nd base by J Paxton/J Sucre)
Fielding
DP – 1 (N Freiman-J Lowrie)

Pitching

Seattle

 
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP ERA
James Paxton(W, 5-1) 7.2 4 2 2 3 2 0 1.06 1.91
Yoervis Medina 0.1 2 1 1 0 1 0 1.17 2.27
Fernando Rodney(SV, 40) 1.0 3 2 2 0 2 0 1.31 2.56

Oakland

 
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP ERA
Sonny Gray(L, 13-8) 5.0 7 6 6 2 2 1 1.23 3.25
Drew Pomeranz 3.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1.16 2.53
Ryan Cook 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.08 3.38
WP – J Paxton, Y Medina
Pitches-strikes – J Paxton 92-53; Y Medina 13-10; F Rodney 19-15; S Gray 80-52; D Pomeranz 31-23; R Cook 10-8
Ground balls-fly balls – J Paxton 14-4; Y Medina 0-0; F Rodney 1-0; S Gray 11-2; D Pomeranz 4-1; R Cook 0-0
Batters faced – J Paxton 26; Y Medina 3; F Rodney 6; S Gray 23; D Pomeranz 10; R Cook 2
Game Details
Game Time: 2:42.
Umpires: HP–CB Bucknor. 1B–Dan Iassogna. 2B–Adam Hamari. 3B–Quinn Wolcott.
Weather: 60 degrees, Overcast.
Wind: 14 mph, Out to Right.
Attendance: 23,859.
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