OAKLAND, Calif. – Jed Lowrie drove in four runs to back Sean Manaea and the Oakland Athletics held off a late Seattle rally to beat the Mariners 7-6 on Monday night in a matchup of A.L. West contenders.
Manaea (11-8) pitched into the eighth and bounced back from a season-low 2 2/3 innings against the Dodgers his last time out.
Second-place Oakland moved 2 1/2 games ahead of the Mariners, who had momentum coming off a four-game sweep at first-place and defending World Series champion Houston. Seattle had won six of eight. The idle Astros had their lead trimmed to two games over the A’s.
Jean Segura and Nelson Cruz hit consecutive RBI singles with two outs in the eighth, and the Mariners – who like the A’s have a knack for late-inning rallies – nearly pulled off a comeback. Seattle loaded the bases with none out in the ninth on three walks by Jeurys Familia before Blake Treinen relieved and allowed a run on a wild pitch and two more on Mitch Haniger’s single before closing it out for his 31st save. Cruz struck out swinging to end it with runners on first and second.
Matt Chapman hit a two-run double in the sixth, his third double of the game. That matched the Oakland record that he last accomplished on June 12 against Houston.
Manaea gave up two runs and five hits in 7 2/3 innings as the A’s won for the fourth time in five games and moved a season-high 23 games above .500 (71-48). The left-hander faced the minimum through three despite allowing a baserunner in each of the initial two innings – getting a caught stealing in the first and double play in the second.
Seattle lefty Marco Gonzales (12-8) allowed four runs and eight hits over five innings, struck out four and walked three. Gonzales lost his third straight start after winning five in a row from June 29-July 29.
Seattle’s Robinson Cano is scheduled to return Tuesday from his 80-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug agreement.
The All-Star second baseman was suspended May 15 after he tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic that can be used to mask performance-enhancing drugs. He tuned up with Class A Everett and Triple-A Tacoma.
Manager Scott Servais plans to use Cano, who is ineligible for the postseason if Seattle makes the playoffs, around the infield. Servais will have a sit-down with Cano once the infielder arrives in Oakland to stress not trying to do too much.
“We need to be smart in breaking him in,” Servais said. “He wants to get going, he wants to contribute right away. He’s missed playing, he’s missed his teammates and being around this whole thing. I know he wants to come in and do a lot. But again small little things.”
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