Top of the fifth inning the Oakland A’s Jed Lowrie (left) is greeted by teammate Elvis Andrus (right) after hitting a two run fifth inning home run at T Mobile Park in Seattle on Tue May 24, 2022 (AP News photo)
By Jerry Feitelberg
The Oakland A’s (18-27) offense, slumbering for most of the season, pounded out 13 hits en route to a hard-fought 7-5 win over the Seattle Mariners (18-26) Tuesday night. The A’s had 11 hits in the game Monday night but lost by one run.
Oakland was hoping starter James Kaprielian would give the team a quality start. Unfortunately for the Green and Gold, Kapielian lasted five innings. He gave seven up hits and five runs in his five innings of work. His era went from 4.50 to 5.48 as a result.
The M’s starter George Kirby didn’t do well either. Kirby pitched five innings and was tagged for eight hits and four runs. The saving grace for the A’s was the work of the bullpen. Sam Moll, Domingo Acevedo, Zach Jackson, and Danny Jimenez pitched four scoreless innings and allowed the Mariners two hits.
The A’s found the M’s bullpen offerings to their liking as they put three runs on the board to win 7-5. Sam Moll was the winning pitcher, and Dany Jimenez earned his ninth save.
Dating back to last season, Seattle had beaten the A’s 13 consecutive times. The A’s win Tuesday night ended that losing streak. It wasn’t easy as the M’s fought back every time Oakland had the lead.
The A’s drew first blood in the first inning. Second baseman Tony Kemp started things going with a leadoff single. Kemp stole second and scored on Chad Pinder’s double. The A’s made it 2-0 when they plated a run in the top of the third. With one out, Kemp singled to right-center. Designated hitter Jed Lowrie doubled to shallow rightfield to drive in Kemp.
In the bottom half of the third, Seattle evened the score. With one out, Taylor Trammell walked. Jesse Winker singled, sending Trammell to third. Both players scored when M’s first baseman Ty France doubled to center. The game was 2-2 after three.
In the top of the fifth, with one out, Tony Kemp bunted for a hit. It was his third hit of the night. Jed Lowrie then homered to make it 4-2. The lead didn’t last long as the M’s scored three times in the bottom of the fifth.
M’s catcher Cal Raleigh reached safely on Seth Brown’s error. Jesse Winker singled, sending Raleigh to third. Raleigh scored on Ty France’s ground out. The M’s kept the rally going. Kaprielian retired Adam Frazier for the second out. Julio Rodriguez homered to put the Mariners in the lead for the first time, 5-4.
As mentioned above, the A’s fought back. In the sixth, they tied the game when shortstop Elvis Andrus led off the inning with a solo dinger. They broke the tie in the seventh. With two out and no one on base, Sean Murphy walked.
Elvis Andrus singled. Murphy was able to score on Jesse Winker’s fielding error. Andrus advanced to second on the play. A’s right-fielder Luis Barrera doubled to drive in Andrus with the A’s seventh run. The A’s win 7-5.
Game Notes-The stars of the game for Oakland Tony Kemp, with three hits and three runs scored. Jed Lowrie had two hits, including a home run and three RBIs. Elvis Andrus had two hits, two runs, and a homer. Luis Barrera had two knocks and an RBI.
Seattle’s starters were Jesse Winker with two hits and two runs scored. Ty France had three RBIs, and Julio Rodriguez hit a home run, good for two runs.
The A’s and Mariners finish the three-game series Wednesday afternoon at T-Mobile Park. A first pitch slated at 12:27 pm. Starting for Oakland Paul Blackburn (4-0, 1.91) and for Seattle Robbie Ray (4-4, 4.77).