Mariners 7, Athletics 4
Nick Franklin broke out of a slump and then had to leave the
game early. He’s hoping it’s not an omen.
Franklin homered and drove in three runs and the Seattle
Mariners rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Oakland
Athletics 7-4 on Tuesday night.
”It’s been a grind,” said Franklin, who hit his first home run
in nearly a month and had seven hits in his previous 63 at bats.
”I just went back to my old approach and worked through it, hoping
to get better.”
He’ll likely have to wait a few days before he gets into the
lineup because of a left knee laceration suffered when he beat a
throw to the plate during the decisive eighth.
”I went back to the dugout and somebody thought I was in
shock,” Franklin said. ”I was ready to go. I asked somebody to
get me a new pair of pants.”
He averted his eyes while the team doctor put stitches in his
knee that could keep him out for up to a week.
Mariners interim manager Robby Thompson said it looked like he
caught Derek Norris’ cleat.
”I want to say it was five stitches,” Thompson said. ”He had
a nice little deep gash in his left knee. He wanted to stay in,
just wanted new pants. It was necessary to take care of that right
Norris also left the game and X-rays revealed a fractured left
”It’s been tough for our catchers here lately,” A’s Josh
Donaldson said. ”Dino has struggled with his back thing and now he
fractures his toe. I don’t know, we’ll see how it plays out.”
A’s catcher John Jaso has been on the disabled list since July
25 with a concussion.
Brad Miller and Kendrys Morales also drove in runs for the
Mariners, who won for just the third time in 53 games when trailing
after seven innings.
Donaldson and Nate Freiman both homered for the A’s, who dropped
1 1/2 games behind the AL West-leading Texas Rangers. Norris also
drove in a run for the A’s.
Sean Doolittle (4-5) allowed hits to all four batters he faced
in the eighth.
”I wasn’t walking guys but I was leaving stuff over the
plate,” said Doolittle, a converted first baseman. ”We made a
mess of things. It’s not the right time of year to have an inning
Brandon Maurer (4-7) pitched a scoreless seventh for the
Danny Farquhar earned his eighth save in 11 chances with a
A’s rookie Sonny Gray threw seven solid innings, giving up two
runs and two hits. He walked two and struck out seven.
Mariners starter Joe Saunders went six innings, giving up four
runs and 10 hits. He struck out two and walked three.
”I was just trying to stay confident,” Saunders said. ”Then
we got some big double plays and clutch hits.”
The Mariners scored five times in the eighth, getting RBIs from
Miller, Franklin and Morales and scoring two runs on wild
The A’s used three pitchers, who needed 53 pitches, to get
through the eighth. Doolittle has allowed six runs over his past
four appearances, a span of 2 2-3 innings.
”We don’t see that often. That surprises everybody,” A’s
manager Bob Melvin said. ”But you’re going to have some games you
don’t get it done and that’s what happened. They had some good at
bats, strung some hits together and it happened pretty
The A’s scored all their runs within the first five batters of
Jed Lowrie led off with a triple and scored on Norris’ single.
Donaldson followed with his 18th home run. After Yoenis Cespedes
grounded out, Nate Freiman hit a solo shot.
Franklin hit a two-run home run in the third to bring Seattle
Gray took care of the rest, retiring 13 of the final 14 batters
he faced. He’s thrown at least six innings in all three of his
Gray had a 13-inning scoreless streak snapped when Franklin
Saunders gave up half of his hits in the first inning, settling
in to keep Seattle within striking distance. He got double plays in
three successive innings to keep the A’s off the scoreboard.
NOTES: A’s OF Coco Crisp (sore left wrist) was available off the
bench, but A’s manager Bob Melvin said he didn’t want him to get
more than one at-bat right-handed. He’s scheduled to play
Wednesday. … A’s LHP Brett Anderson is expected to throw about 65
pitches in his rehab start Thursday in Stockton. Melvin hinted it
could be his last rehab, though he would not commit either way. …
Mariners interim manager Robby Thompson said he plans to talk with
manager Eric Wedge, who plans to be at Friday’s game in Seattle,
after batting practice to develop a game plan. … Mariners RHP Tom
Wilhelmsen is expected to rejoin the team in September. He was
optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Aug. 6.