It was bombs away in Seattle as the A’s knock off the Mariners 9-6; Canha gets a homer in the cause

May 17, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics’ Mark Canha, left, is congratulated on his three-run home run by third base coach Chip Hale in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Seattle. The Athletics won 9-6. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

by Jerry Feitelberg

Seattle- The Oakland A’s snapped a four-game losing streak as they unleashed a barrage of home runs to down the Mariners 9-6. A’s starter Andrew Triggs, looking for his sixth win of the year, gave the As a quality start. Triggs went six innings and allowed just four hits and just one run. He left the game with the A’s in the lead 4-1.

The  Mariners took an early 1-0 lead in the first when Nelson Cruz took Triggs deep to right center. The lead didn’t last long as the A’s tallied two runs in the top of the second. The Mariners’ starter Chase De Jong walked Yonder Alonso to start the frame. Ryon Healy, playing third base, slammed a monster blast into the upper left field stands to give the A’s a 2-1 advantage. The A’s put two more on the board in the top of the fourth. Mark Canha led off with a double. He scored on a double down the right-field line off the bat of Stephen Vogt. Vogt went to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored whenJosh Phegley singled up the middle.

There was no more scoring until the bottom of the seventh inning. The Mariners tied the game as they were helped out when Ryon Healy misplayed a ground ball and that miscue allowed two runs to score. With one out, the Mariners loaded the bases. Ryan Madson, the third A’s pitcher of the inning, got Jean Segura to hit into what appeared to be an inning-ending double play. The M’s challenged the call, and after a review, it was overturned, and the game was tied. In the bottom of the 8th, Kyle Seager gave the M’s the lead when he hit a solo homer to right. 5-4 in favor of Seattle.

The A’s, however, were not going to lose. Rajai Davis started the rally with a single. With Steve Cishek pitching for Seattle, Matt Joyce sent one into the night to put the A’s ahead 6-5. Cishek walked Jed Lowrie. Lowrie stole second and was in scoring position. The M’s issued an intentional walk to Trevor Plouffe. Former Athletic, Marc Rzepczynski, was now pitching for Seattle and was facing Mark Canha. Canha, who had two hits earlier in the game and with the count 3-2, blasted his first homer of the year to up the lead to 9-5. A’s closer Santiago Casilla gave up a run in the bottom of the ninth but was able to retire the M’s to preserve the win.

Game Notes- The A’s are now 17-22 while Seattle drops to 18-22. The A’s are still in last place but are just 1/2 game behind Seattle for 4th place in the division. The A’s committed their 36th error Tuesday night and lead the Majors in that department.

The A’s play the rubber game of the three-game series Wednesday night in Seattle at Safeco Field. Game time is at 7:10 pm.

Time of game was three hours and twenty-five minutes and 13, 900 fans watched the A’s beat the Mariners.

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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