September 30, 2010 in Sports

A’s batter Mariners

Associated Press

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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