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M’s deliver debut win for Brown

Interim manager Daren Brown is the 10th of Seattle’s 17 managers to win in his first game with the Mariners.  (Associated Press)
Interim manager Daren Brown is the 10th of Seattle’s 17 managers to win in his first game with the Mariners. (Associated Press)
Gregg Bell Associated Press

SEATTLE – Last-place Seattle welcomed interim manager Daren Brown by getting its first triple play in 15 years in a 3-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.

Brown moved up from Triple-A Tacoma earlier Monday when Seattle fired first-time manager Don Wakamatsu after 11/2 seasons.

Brown became the 10th of Seattle’s 17 managers to win his first game.

Only one of the other 16 finished their Mariners tenure with a winning record: Lou Piniella. The only manager to take Seattle to the postseason left after the 2002 season with a year left on his contract.

Brown and the 19,943 in attendance were treated in the top of the fourth to the 10th triple play in Mariners history, the first since July 13, 1995, against Toronto.

Jose Lopez took a chopper by Oakland’s Mark Ellis and immediately stepped on third base for a forceout. Lopez then threw to second base for a forceout there and Chone Figgins’ throw to first baseman Casey Kotchman appeared to arrive at the same time as Ellis’ foot hit the bag, but first base umpire Cory Blaser called Ellis out. Ellis argued the call to no avail.

RBI singles by Lopez and Franklin Gutierrez with two out in the first off Vin Mazzaro (6-4) gave Doug Fister (4-8) and relievers Sean White, Brandon League and David Aardsma all the runs they needed.

Aardsma was perfect in the ninth for his 21st save in 25 chances – and sent Oakland back to eight games behind idle and first-place Texas in the A.L. West.

Fister won for the first time in eight decisions and 12 starts, since May 14. He allowed seven hits and one run in six innings. He walked one and struck out five.

Notes

Aardsma has allowed just one run over his last 10 games and is 5-for-5 in saves since July 11. … the Mariners placed starting shortstop Jack Wilson on the 15-day disabled list with a broken hand and selected veteran infielder Chris Woodward from Triple-A Tacoma. The 34-year-old Woodward was hitting .232 in 103 games at Triple-A.

Mariners 3, Athletics 1

Oakland AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Crisp cf 4 1 2 0 0 0 .264
R.Davis rf 4 0 1 1 0 1 .278
K.Suzuki c 4 0 0 0 0 0 .254
Cust dh 4 0 2 0 0 2 .287
Kouzmanoff 3b 3 0 0 0 1 0 .268
M.Ellis 2b 3 0 1 0 0 1 .259
Carter lf 3 0 0 0 0 2 .000
Larish 1b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .154
Pennington ss 3 0 1 0 0 0 .260
Totals 31 1 7 1 1 7
Seattle AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
I.Suzuki rf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .311
Figgins 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 .254
Kotchman 1b 4 1 0 0 0 0 .212
Branyan dh 3 1 1 0 1 1 .243
1-M.Saunders pr-dh 0 0 0 0 0 0 .234
Jo.Lopez 3b 4 0 1 1 0 0 .239
F.Gutierrez cf 3 1 1 1 1 2 .246
Langerhans lf 2 0 1 0 0 1 .214
A.Moore c 3 0 0 0 0 0 .169
Jo.Wilson ss 2 0 0 1 0 2 .253
Totals 29 3 6 3 2 6
Oakland 000 001 000—1 7 1
Seattle 200 100 00x—3 6 0

E—Kouzmanoff (10). LOB—Oakland 4, Seattle 6. 2B—R.Davis (20), Pennington (18). RBIs—R.Davis (37), Jo.Lopez (45), F.Gutierrez (46), Jo.Wilson (17). S—Langerhans. SF—Jo.Wilson. RLISP—Oakland 3 (Larish, K.Suzuki, Kouzmanoff); Seattle 2 (Langerhans, F.Gutierrez). GIDP—R.Davis. DP—Seattle 1 (Jo.Wilson, Figgins, Kotchman).

Oakland IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Mazzaro L, 6-4 7 5 3 2 2 5 113 3.76
Blevins 1/3 1 0 0 0 0 3 3.65
H.Rodriguez 2/3 0 0 0 0 1 7 4.76
Seattle IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Fister W, 4-8 6 7 1 1 1 5 91 3.86
White H, 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 10 5.27
League H, 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 3.10
Aardsma S, 21-25 1 0 0 0 0 1 14 4.34

IR-S—H.Rodriguez 1-0. WP—H.Rodriguez. T—2:16. A—19,943 (47,878).

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