Mariners 5, Athletics 3

Brendan Ryan ended one of the longest hitting slumps of his

career with a timely two-run double.

The Mariners shortstop felt even better after adding an RBI

single two innings later.

Making a rare start after interim manager Robby Thompson

shuffled his lineup due to an injury to second baseman Nick

Franklin, Ryan had two hits and drove in three runs to snap a

9-for-77 stretch, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland

Athletics 5-3 on Wednesday.

”The frustration mounts … when the at-bats are limited

because you have so much time to sit and think about it,” said

Ryan, who went into the game hitting .190. ”This is the role I’ve

carved out for myself. All I can try to do is the best I can in the

opportunities I’m getting.”

Ryan struck out in his first two at-bats before doubling off

Oakland starter A.J. Griffin (10-9) with two outs in the sixth.

He hit a two-out, 0-2 pitch sharply down the third base line

that glanced off the glove of Oakland’s Josh Donaldson and

ricocheted into the A’s bullpen.

Kendrys Morales scored and Dustin Ackley barely beat the relay

throw home despite colliding with A’s catcher Stephen Vogt to put

the Mariners up 4-3. Vogt slammed the back of his head on the

ground during the play and remained down briefly before staying in

the game.

”I thought at the time I got him,” Vogt said. ”It was an

unfortunate play in our direction.”

Michael Morse and Brad Miller homered for Seattle, which

overcame an uneven start by Hisashi Iwakuma to beat the A’s for the

fourth time in the past five games between the division rivals.

Iwakuma (12-6) gave up a pair of home runs and pitched with

runners in scoring position most of the afternoon, but limited the

damage to win his second straight. The Mariners right-hander struck

out four and walked two in seven innings.

”As I got deeper into my game I was able to command my pitches

lower in the zone,” Iwakuma said. ”Even with runners on second

and third, I was able to keep the ball down and pitch effectively.

That’s part of my game and I’m able to execute with runners


Coco Crisp and Brandon Moss hit home runs for Oakland, which

fell to 15-16 since the All-Star break.

The A’s stranded three runners at third, one at second and had

another runner get thrown out at the plate. They also wasted a 3-1

lead one day after blowing a four-run lead in a 7-4 loss to the


That was enough to anger Oakland manager Bob Melvin.

”Everything that we did today is what’s wrong with us,” Melvin

said. ”We didn’t add on early, we didn’t make big pitches when we

had to, we didn’t come through in situational at-bats. Ugly, ugly

game for us and it’s been going on for a while. It comes to a point

where you just have to step up.”

Iwakuma wasn’t nearly as crisp as he was in his previous start

against Texas, but did make it hold up. He got Alberto Callaspo to

fly out with a runner at third to end the sixth, then retired two

straight to end the seventh after Oakland got runners on first and


Charlie Furbush and Yoervis Medina worked the eighth while

Dannny Farquhar struck out the side in the ninth for his ninth


Crisp homered leading off the bottom of the first and Moss hit

his 20th of the season in the fourth. Callaspo added a sacrifice

fly to give the A’s a 3-1 lead.

Seattle, which overcame a 4-0 deficit to beat Oakland 7-4 on

Tuesday, came back again.

Morse hit a towering home run off Griffin in the second and

Miller added a leadoff shot in the fifth.

After the Mariners scored twice in the sixth to take the lead,

Ryan’s RBI single off Dan Otero in the eighth made it 5-3.

Griffin struck out seven, but continued to have issues with his

control. He walked four, giving him 15 over his past three


Notes: A’s C Derek Norris was held out of the lineup after

breaking a toe in his left foot during a play at the plate in the

eighth inning of Tuesday’s 7-4 loss. The runner, Franklin, suffered

a gash that required stitches in his leg. … Mariners slugger Raul

Ibanez was given the day off. … Oakland OF Seth Smith sat out a

second straight game with an astigmatism in his eye.