OAKLAND, Calif. — Julio Rodriguez and his teammates were amazed as they watched from the dugout as the baseballs continued to fly past the fences — one, two, then three in a row.
Rodriguez hit a two-way homer Jesse Winker a single drive followed, and then Eugenio Suarez connected in a three-straight long-ball streak of Seattle in the seventh, and the Mariners fought their way past the Oakland Athletics 8-2 on Tuesday night in a AL West stumbling rivals game.
“Honestly, it was amazing just to see everyone working and scoring a few of those runs,” Rodriguez said. “Certainly it was amazing. We were in the dugout: “Oh, there’s another one.” It was fun. I felt like being able to do something like this for the team, everyone was very happy with it.”
Taylor Trammell connected, leading third for Seattle, breaking a three-game losing streak. The Mariners were down five out of six and seven out of nine, but pulled out to start a six-game journey.
Manager Scott Servais hoped the change of scenery and time spent together would help Seattle out of its recent gloom.
“You know what really holds a team together is winning,” he said before the game.
He also mentioned well-timed hits, and the Sailors landed quite a few. Seattle hit three consecutive homers for the first time since August 27, 2004 against Kansas City. Zach Greinke Not less.
“We had back to back to back and it was great to see. We haven’t seen one all year,” Serve said. “That’s why I was so excited, because the guys just kept the balls. There are a lot of good offensive moments tonight.”
Rodriguez scored from the first on Winker’s double in the sixth. Thai France provided insurance with an RBI single to start Seattle’s seventh with five runs, then Rodriguez connected to his ninth homer.
Seattle southpaw Marco Gonzalez (4-7) allowed seven hits in seven sharp innings to end a three-game losing streak, earning his first win in five starts since beating fives on May 23 in Seattle.
“Just trying to stay in my process, get us back into the dugout and deploy,” Gonzalez said.
He conceded Nick Allen’s first major league home run by two runs in the seventh. The A’s, who recorded a season-high eight-game home loss streak on Sunday when they beat the Royals, lost for the 16th time in 19 games.
starter James Kaprielian (0-5) Two runs on five hits allowed in 5 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and two walks.
It was 92 degrees on the first pitch, an exceptionally hot June day for San Francisco Bay, and the ball went straight.
Tuesday marked the A’s highest first field temperature since hitting 94 for a doubleheader against the Padres on September 6, 2020.
“We are in Oakland. Today is the hottest day I have ever seen in this stadium,” Serve said.
Mariners: OF Kyle Lewis, on the seven-day concussion list, is improving. “He feels better. He does cardio,” Serve said. … On a holiday Monday, Seattle restored RHP Ken Giles from a 60-day IL with a dislocation of the middle finger on the pumping hand. He made his Mariners debut in Giles’ ninth, first major league game since 2020 for Toronto.
Athletics: RHP pitcher Dani Jimenez was placed on the 15-day injured list backdated to June 19 due to a strained shoulder. According to manager Mark Kotsay, the MRI showed no structural damage. “Obviously we are going to make sure he is 100%,” Kocai said. … PD Sam Mall was listed as Covid-19.
The A recalled LHP Kirby Snead and INF Nick Allen and Sheldon Noise from Triple-A Las Vegas and added a right-handed pitcher Sunday tapia as a substitute player. INF Matt Davidson was assigned to the mission.
RHP George Kirby (1-2, 3.56 ERA) plays the series middlegame for Seattle in his ninth career start and second against fives. Auckland counters with RHP Paul Blackburn (6-2, 2.26), who has only allowed one run in his last two starts.