A’s batter Mariners
SEATTLE — Gio Gonzalez battled through early control problems to throw seven scoreless innings and the Oakland Athletics defeated the Seattle Mariners 8-1 on Thursday night.
Gonzalez (15-9) couldn’t find the strike zone in the fourth inning, walking Justin Smoak and Adam Moore on nine pitches. Matt Mangini sacrificed the runners over. Michael Saunders drew a two-out walk to load the bases, but Josh Wilson flied out to center field to end the threat.
Doug Fister (6-14) gave up six runs, the last two scoring in the sixth inning on a home run by Chris Carter.
Seattle’s only run came in the eighth inning off Vin Mazzaro.
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