Seattle's playoff hopes dashed by 9-8 loss to Oakland
SEATTLE (AP) Edwin Diaz allowed a run in the 10th inning, and the Seattle Mariners playoff hopes ended with a 9-8 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night.
Joey Wendle snapped an 8-8 tie with a one-out RBI double in the 10th.
Nelson Cruz's comebacker with a man on in the bottom of the inning deflected off pitcher Ryan Madson (6-7) almost directly to first base, preventing Ben Gamel from scoring from second base.
Madson also escaped a bases-loaded situation in the ninth.
Seattle needed to win out to have a chance at an AL wild card.
The Mariners were hoping to take their playoff chances to the final day of the regular season for the second time in three years. After rallying for three runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to tie it 8-8, the Mariners couldn't make game No. 162 count.
Bruce Maxwell opened the 10th with a double off Diaz (0-4) and Wendle's fourth hit of the night put Oakland in front.