OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Julio Rodríguez and his teammates were amazed as they watched from the dugout as baseballs kept clearing the fences — one, two, then three of them in a row.
Rodríguez hit a two-run homer, Jesse Winker followed with a solo drive, and then Eugenio Suárez hit in seventh with three straight longballs from Seattle and the Mariners beat the Oakland 8-2 in a matchup Tuesday night Athletics over stumble from AL West rivals.
“Honestly, it just felt incredible just to see everyone starting it up and getting a few runs like that,” Rodríguez said. “It was definitely amazing to see. We were in the dugout, ‘Oh, there’s another one.’ It was fun. To be able to deliver something like that for the team I felt everyone was pretty happy about it.”
Taylor Trammell tied for third place for Seattle, which broke a three-game losing streak. The Mariners had lost five of six and seven of nine but came out with momentum to open a six-game road trip.
Manager Scott Servais hoped that a change of scene and some time together would help Seattle sort itself out of its recent troubles.
“You know what really brings a team together, winning,” he said before the game.
He also mentioned timed hits, and the Mariners delivered a lot of them. Seattle hit three straight home runs against Kansas City for the first time since August 27, 2004 — none less than Zack Greinke.
“We had the back-to-back-to-back, which was great to see. We hadn’t seen one all year,” said Servais. “So I was so excited like the guys just flattened balls. Lots of good things going offensively tonight.”
Rodríguez met Winker’s double in the sixth from the first. Ty France secured with an RBI single-in to start seventh in five heats for Seattle, then Rodríguez hit for his ninth homer.
Seattle left-back Marco Gonzales (4-7) conceded seven hits over seven sharp innings to end a three-game losing streak and picked up his first win in five starts since breaking out on March 23.
“I’m just trying to stay in my process, get us back in the dugout and swing it,” Gonzales said.
He gave up Nick Allen’s first major league home run on a two-barrel drive in the seventh. The A’s, who recorded a season-high eight home games with a win over the Royals on Sunday, lost for the 16th time in 19 games.
A’s starter James Kaprielian (0-5) allowed two runs with five hits over 5 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and two walks.
It was 92 degrees on the first pitch, an exceptionally hot June day for the Bay Area – and the ball carried safely.
Tuesday marked the warmest first-pitch temperature for the A’s since 94 on September 6, 2020 for a double-header against the Padres.
“We’re in Oakland. The hottest day I’ve ever seen at this stadium is today,” said Servais.
Mariners: OF Kyle Lewis, on seven-day concussion list, improves. “He’s feeling better. He’s doing cardio,” Servais said. … During Monday’s day off, Seattle rehired RHP Ken Giles from the 60 Day IL with a sprained middle finger on his pitching hand. He made his Mariners debut in the ninth, Giles’ first big league appearance since 2020 with Toronto.
Athletics: RHP reliever Dany Jiménez was placed on the 15-day injured list retroactively to June 19 with a dislocated pitching shoulder. An MRI showed no structural damage, manager Mark Kotsay said. “Obviously we’re going to make sure he’s 100% fit,” Kotsay said. … LHP Sam Moll has been placed on the Covid-19 list.
The A’s recalled LHP Kirby Snead and INFs Nick Allen and Sheldon Neuse from Triple-A Las Vegas and added right-handed pitcher Domingo Tapia as a substitute. INF Matt Davidson was selected for assignment.
Seattle recalled INF Kevin Padlo and designated RHP Sergio Romo, a former A’s and Giants assist, and LHP Roenis Elías for assignment.
RHP George Kirby (1-2, 3.56 ERA) hits the middle game of the series for Seattle in his ninth career start and second against the A’s. Oakland counters with RHP Paul Blackburn (6-2, 2.26), who has only allowed one run in his last two starts.
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