OAKLAND, Calif. – Scott Hairston took advantage of a second chance. Ichiro Suzuki took advantage of the second pitch.
Ichiro’s 2,000th hit was overshadowed by the go-ahead grand slam Hairston hit in the seventh inning to help the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 5-2 Sunday.
Suzuki reached the milestone on a double in the first inning against Gio Gonzalez (5-5), who went a career-high seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits.
Hairston popped up with the bases loaded in the fifth inning against Seattle starter Doug Fister. When he found himself in the same situation two innings later, he delivered.
“He’s been struggling lately but the ball jumps off his bat,” A’s manager Bob Geren said. “He’s getting a chance to play every day and he’ll only keep getting better.”
Hairston made an impression on Geren when he homered twice in a spring training game.
“It was kind of our introduction to him,” Geren said. “It was, ‘Wow, who is that?’ Little did we know then he’d be with us a few months later.”
Jose Lopez and Adrian Beltre drove in runs for the Mariners, who had won nine of their previous 13 and seemed on their way in this one before Hairston’s slam off Scott Kelley (4-2).
Fister lasted five innings, giving up a run on six hits. He left after developing a blister.
“He developed it about the third inning and he did a good job of getting through five,” Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu said. “It’s unfortunate because from the beginning it looked he was going to pitch a heck of a game.”
Athletics 5, Mariners 2
a-struck out for Ja.Wilson in the 9th. 1-ran for Johjima in the 9th. E—Fister (1). LOB—Seattle 6, Oakland 7. 2B—I.Suzuki (27), R.Davis (17). HR—Powell (6), off Fister; Hairston (7), off Kelley. RBIs—Jo.Lopez (84), Beltre (33), Hairston 4 (29), Powell (28). SB—F.Gutierrez (13). S—F.Gutierrez. RLSP—Seattle 3 (Beltre, Johjima, Carp); Oakland 4 (Powell 3, Pennington). GIDP—M.Sweeney, Beltre. DP—Oakland 2 (Pennington, M.Ellis, D.Barton), (Pennington, D.Barton).
|Kelley L, 4-2 BS, 3-3||2||3||4||4||0||2||43||4.82|
|G.Gonzalez W, 5-5||7||6||2||2||2||3||101||5.76|
|Ziegler H, 13||1||0||0||0||0||0||8||3.03|
|A.Bailey S, 23-27||1||1||0||0||0||2||14||2.06|
HBP—by Kelley (R.Davis), by G.Gonzalez (Beltre). T—2:20. A—16,188 (35,067).