James Kaprillian played seven scoreless innings and the Oakland Athletics saved the Seattle Mariners 6-3 with a three-game sweep
Oakland, California – James Caprillian threw seven scoreless innings and saved the Oakland Athletics from a three-game sweep by beating the Seattle Mariners 6-3 on Wednesday.
Kaprillian (2-0) surrendered just two hits and two walks, scoring four runs in his third career start as the A’s broke a three-game losing streak.
Matt Olson launched his 13th homer of the season and Seth Brown had two hits and two RBIs for Oakland. Ramon Loreno and Matt Chapman also scored.
The A leaped over Seattle starter Robert Dugger for two runs in the first inning, including an RBI double by Brown. Duggar (0-1) allowed five runs on five hits and three runs in 3 1/3 innings.
Olson’s third inning homer made it 3-0. He scored another run in the fourth on the sacrifice fly as the A’s led 6–0.
Jared Klenik, Mitch Haniger and Kyle Seeger scored for the Mariners off Yusmeiro Petit in the eighth inning. Jake Diekmann came on to record the final four outs and earn his sixth save.
Oakland’s Elvis Andrus got two hits after a three-hit performance on Tuesday. The veteran has scored .308 runs in his last 17 matches, raising his season average from .143 to .197.
“I feel a lot better at the plate, especially tomorrow,” Andrus said. “I was able to find myself again and feel the same way as before. It’s been a really long, long process for me to just feel comfortable at the plate. Hopefully, I had a day to go yesterday. And just keep doing this for a few months. “
Prior to the game, the teams held a moment of silence for the victims of a mass shooting Wednesday morning at a rail yard in San Jose. The shooter killed eight people before committing suicide.
“It’s terrible,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “And there are a lot of these things. It always hits home. It makes more impact at home when you’re at home. It’s just awful. We play a baseball game today but it’s definitely more than that More important. Heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones. “
Meriners: LHP Marco Gonzales, with a left-handed strain since late April, was expected to throw a mock game of 40 to 45 pitches this week. He can return to the rotation as soon as next week, though the team will be cautious. Manager Scott Cervais said, “You won’t see him going six innings and 95 pitches for the first time.” “No question. We will play it slowly and build it as we move forward.”
Athletics: DH Mitch Moreland (rib) could return before the end of the current homeland for Oakland. Morland has practiced batting and fielded ground balls in recent times. “He’s turned into a corner and is doing everything at this point,” Melvin said.
Meriners: RHP Chris Flexon (4-2, 5.09 era) looks to defeat the Texas Rangers for the second time this month as the AL West foes open a four-match series in Seattle on Thursday night.
Athletics: RHP Chris Bacit (4-2, 3.69 era) takes the hill as Oakland welcomes the Los Angeles Angels for a four-match series starting on Thursday night. Bacitt defeated the Angels on Saturday in Anaheim, allowing just two runs in 7 2/3 innings.
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