A’s behind Blackburn’s strong outing beat Mariners 4-2 for second game in a row

Oakland A’s starter Paul Blackburn throws against the Seattle Mariners line up in the bottom of the first inning at T Mobile Park in Seattle on Wed May 25, 2022 (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Oakland A’s (19-27) finished the short six-game road trip with a victory over the Seattle Mariners (18-27) Wednesday afternoon at T-Mobile Park. Oakland won the game 4-2. The A’s took two out of three from the M’s and finished the trip with a 3-3.

A’s starter, Paul Blackburn, continued to pitch well. Blackburn’s record is now 5-0, and he lowered his ERA to 1.70. Blackburn went five and one-third innings and allowed just one hit. He came out of the game as he had walked a career-high five batters.

Robbie Ray, the reigning American League Cy Young award winner, went six innings and allowed seven hits and three runs. Ray had a season-high ten strikeouts. He was tagged for two home runs. Ray had given up a big fly in five consecutive games. He is 4-5, with an ERA of 4.77).

The A’s drew first blood in the top of the fourth. With two out, A’s first baseman Seth Brown blasted his third home run of the right into the stands in right field. When facing a left-handed pitcher this season, Brown entered the game with just one hit off the southpaws.

His luck changed on Wednesday. He tagged Ray for a double in the first and homered in the fourth.

In the sixth, with one out, Christian Bethancourt singled. A’s shortstop, Elvis Andrus, homered to left to make it a 3-0 game. For Andrus, it was his first home run of the year.

The Mariners fought back. They scored a solo run in the seventh and another run in the eighth to make it a 3-2 game. The Run in the eighth scored on Zach Jackson’s wild pitch. 

The A’s added an insurance run in the ninth. With two out, Luis Barrera singled to give the A’s a 4-2 advantage. Dany Jimenez closed out the game to earn his tenth save of the year.

Game Notes- With the win, the A’s are now 19-27. The M’s fall to 19-27. The Line for Oakland was four runs, nine hits, and no errors. Seattle’s line was two runs, five hits, and no errors.

The A’s will host the Texas Rangers for four games starting Thursday at the Ring Central Coliseum in Oakland.

The A’s will send Frankie Montas(2-4, 3.55 ERA) to do the pitching. The Rangers will have left hander Martin Perez (3-2, 3.62 ERA) doing the hurling for them.

The teams will meet for the second series this season. The Rangers took two out three when they were here in April. First pitch at 6:40 pm.

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