Perhaps it was a preview of the American League Wild-Card game. Perhaps it was just another day game in Oakland. Whatever you want to call it, Felix Hernandez was back at it Wednesday, allowing only three hits and a solo home run in 8 IP as the Mariners took the rubber game from the A’s 2-1.
It was a one-run, low-scoring game. But it was also a home run derby as Adam Dunn homered off Felix in the 4th to give the A’s the 1-0 lead.
But the Mariners got back-to-back solo shots off Lester from Kyle Seager and Corey Hart in the 7th to take the 2-1 lead. Seager was 3-for-4 on the day and with his 22nd homer of the season, set a new personal season-high.
With the win, Seattle moves to within 3.5 games of Oakland for second place in the AL West and for the first wild-card spot.
The Angels, who lost Wednesday, are 8 games up on the Mariners in the division. The Tigers hold a half game lead over the M’s for the second wild-card spot after losing to Cleveland Wednesday.
The Mariners now head to Texas for a four-game series with the Rangers.
- 2B – R Cano (31, J Lester); K Seager (27, J Lester); C Taylor (7, J Lester)
- HR – K Seager (22, 7th inning off J Lester 0 on, 0 Out), C Hart (6, 7th inning off J Lester 0 on, 0 Out)
- RBI – K Seager (85), C Hart (21)
- Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – A Jackson 1, K Seager 1
- GIDP – M Zunino
- Team LOB – 5
- DP – 1 (M Zunino-C Taylor)
- HR – A Dunn (22, 4th inning off F Hernandez 0 on, 1 Out)
- S – E Sogard
- RBI – A Dunn (58)
- Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – J Reddick 1
- Team LOB – 3
- CS – D Norris (2, 2nd base by F Hernandez/M Zunino)
- E – J Lowrie (12, throw)
- Outfield assists – B Moss
- DP – 1 (J Donaldson-E Sogard-B Moss)
|Félix Hernández(W, 14-5)||8.0||3||1||1||2||4||1||0.90||2.18|
|Fernando Rodney(SV, 41)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.29||2.51|
|Jon Lester(L, 13-10)||8.0||7||2||2||0||5||2||1.10||2.54|
- Pitches-strikes – F Hernandez 102-63; F Rodney 8-6; J Lester 107-73; L Gregerson 11-8
- Ground balls-fly balls – F Hernandez 11-7; F Rodney 1-1; J Lester 11-9; L Gregerson 2-0
- Batters faced – F Hernandez 28; F Rodney 3; J Lester 31; L Gregerson 3
- Game Time: 2:20.
- Umpires: HP–Dan Iassogna. 1B–Adam Hamari. 2B–Quinn Wolcott. 3B–CB Bucknor.
- Weather: 67 degrees, Clear.
- Wind: 6 mph, Out to Right.
- Attendance: 17,073.