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Rodríguez leaves with back tightness, Mariners beat Athletics 9-5 Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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OAKLAND, California. Julio Rodriguez doubled and scored before walking away with a strain in his lower back, and the Seattle Mariners overcame the loss of a rookie center fielder by beating the Oakland Athletics 9-5 on Thursday to avoid a three-legged win.

Rodriguez slowly walked off the field with the coach in the bottom half of the first half. He recently missed three games in Anaheim due to back problems.

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“Relatively,” said Mariners manager Scott Servais. “The same area in the lower back. He’ll start work tomorrow when we get to Kansas City, get the MRIs and X-rays.

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Jarred Kelenich moved from the left flank to the center of the field. Sam Haggerty entered the game on the left. Kelenich hit a home run and doubled in his first game since being called up from Triple-A Tacoma.

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“They both felt pretty good,” he said. “I’m just happy that today we got to W.

Adam Frazier went 2 out of 4 with three RBIs. Mitch Haniger, Cal Raleigh, Jesse Winker as well as Thai France also ran for Seattle, who started the day with a four-game lead over Baltimore to finish third and last in the wildcard AL.

“When Julio fell, we just picked each other up and got through it, coming out on top,” Kelenik said. “That was the most important thing.”

Stephen Vogt tripled in three runs for Oakland. Tony Kemp as well as Shea Langelier added RBI.

The A’s took a 5-3 lead against the Mariners’ starting lineup. George Kirby, marking the rookie right-hander for five runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings. Kirby struck out one and walked three.

Kelenich pulled away from Oakland starter Adrian Martinez in the fourth inning to tie the Mariners to within one. Martinez gave up five runs on six hits and two walks in five innings, striking out seven.

Kelenich tied the score in sixth with an RBI double pitcher. Kirby Sneed. Frazier added a two-run double to give Seattle the lead.

Sneed (1-1) gave up two runs on two hits and a two-thirds walk.

Matthew Boyd (2-0) spent two scoreless innings to earn his second win as a Mariner. Boyd and five other pitchers limited the fives to just two hits in 6 2/3 innings.

“Our bullpen was the nails today,” Servais said. “Matt Boyd was fantastic, giving us two shutout innings, and the guys after him did their job of putting up zeros, allowing our offense to come back into the game.”


Vogt announced that he would retire at the end of the season, ending a 10-year major league career.

“It just felt right,” he said. “I just felt like I had nowhere else to play, nowhere else to be, and I don’t want anything else as a player other than helping these guys out for the rest of this year.”

Vogt spent six seasons at the A. The 37-year-old also played for Tampa Bay, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Arizona and Atlanta.

“I was so lucky that I deserved the opportunity to leave on my own terms,” he said. “I am very proud of what I have achieved.”

Vogt hopes to stay in baseball after his playing career.

“My ultimate goal is to manage,” he said. “I want to work in the big leagues. … One of the things I really tried to do and want to keep doing is just to make this game better. A lot of people have done it for me and I want to keep doing it.”


Sailors: SS JP Crawford was withdrawn from the squad due to a minor problem with his leg. “He had a funny slide four or five days ago at second base,” Servet said. “I got hit on the same leg. It doesn’t look like he moved well last night. I had the opportunity to talk to him after the game and I thought it would be best to talk to him day in and day out.”

Athletics: RHP Adam Oller (costocostal chondritis of the right rib) is scheduled to throw the bullpen session on Friday. “He’s on the right track to be ready to go if all goes well in this program,” said manager Mark Cotsey. … PD Sam Mall (deformity of the left shoulder), RHP Zach Jackson (right shoulder inflammation) and OF Ramon Laureano (right hamstring strain) will miss the remainder of the season.


Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzalez (10-14, 4.01 ERA) opens a three-game streak in Kansas City on Friday. Gonzalez pitched at least six innings in five straight starts.

Athletics: LHP Cole Irvin (9-11, 3.79) tries to win its fourth straight decision on Friday as Oakland welcomes the New York Mets for a three-game series. This will be Irvin’s first career start against the Mets.

HOUSTON – Houston batter Jordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with discomfort in his left ankle.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, sprained his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He appeared to be in some pain as he ran to first base and was briefly checked out by manager Dusty Baker and the coach before he stayed in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he hit the ball in the third inning before being replaced by a hitter. David Hensley for his bat in the fifth.


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