Seager helps Mariners beat A’s for 8th win in 9 games

Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 8-4 on Sunday

Seattle Mariners' Kyle Seager hits a three RBI-double against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Seager doubled twice and drove in four runs as the Seattle Mariners won for the eighth time in nine games, beating the Oakland Athletics 8-4 on Sunday.

Adam Lind homered, Nori Aoki had three singles and Shawn O’Malley added two hits and scored twice forSeattle. The Mariners moved within 5 1-2 games of AL West-leading Texas, matching the closest they’ve been to the division leaders since early June.

Wade LeBlanc (2-0) gave up three runs over six innings to earn his second win since being acquired from Toronto in June. The lefty struck out seven and walked one.

Khris Davis hit his third home run in three days. He became the first A’s player with at least 30 homers since Brandon Moss hit 30 in 2013.

Ryon Healy and Brett Eibner also homered for the A’s.

Zach Neal (2-2) allowed five runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Every Seattle player except designated hitter Dae-Ho Lee had at least one hit. Lee, a late lineup addition, was hit by a pitch in the fourth.

Lind homered in the second. Seager hit an RBI double in the third and a three-run double in the sixth.

The Mariners also scored in the fourth after an inning-ending double play was overturned by replay. O’Malley singled in Lee following the reversal.


Lind is significantly bigger than O’Malley but it hardly mattered when the Mariners first baseman and shortstop collided chasing a pop-up near the mound in the third inning. Lind crashed to the ground while O’Malley, who made the catch, barely moved. Second baseman Robinson Cano helped Lind to his feet then playfully held up two fingers to see if Lind was coherent.


Mariners: Lee was in the lineup after Seth Smith was a late scratch due to a right foot contusion.

Athletics: Right-hander Jesse Hahn (right shoulder strain) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday.


Mariners: RHP Felix Hernandez (6-4) pitches Monday in Anaheim and will be going for his 16th career win against the Angels.

Athletics: LHP Ross Detwiler (1-0) makes his second start for Oakland when the A’s open a three-game series in Texas on Monday. Detwiler pitched eight scoreless innings against Baltimore in his debut on Aug. 10.

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