The Seattle Mariners have put a five-game losing streak behind them as they attempt to complete a three-game sweep when they host the Oakland Athletics on Sunday for the finale of their series. Seattle has posted two straight one-run victories over Oakland, including a 7-6 triumph on Saturday in which it scored in four of the final five innings to complete a comeback from a 6-2 deficit.
Jean Segura and former Athletic Yonder Alonso hit back-to-back homers in the fifth inning, Mike Zunino went deep for the second time in the series in the eighth to forge a tie and Segura gave the Mariners a walk-off win by scoring on a wild pitch. Segura finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs, ending his 14-game drought, as Seattle remained 3 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the second wild-card spot in the American League. The Athletics, who swept Texas at home from Aug. 25-27, look to salvage the finale of their six-game road trip. Khris Davis belted his 37th homer of the season Saturday to tie Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees and Texas’ Joey Gallo for the AL lead and climb within five of the career high he set last year.
TV: 4:10 p.m. ET, NBCSN California (Oakland), ROOT Northwest (Seattle)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Athletics RH Daniel Gossett (3-7, 5.21 ERA) vs. Mariners LH Andrew Albers (2-1, 4.20)
Gossett will be making his fourth straight start on the road, where he is 3-4 with a 4.98 ERA. The 24-year-old rookie from South Carolina took the loss against the Angels in Los Angeles on Monday, when he gave up three runs - two earned - and nine hits over 6 2/3 innings. Gossett lost his first career visit to Seattle on July 9 as he yielded three runs and five hits in 4 1/3 frames.
Albers won his first two starts after being acquired from Atlanta on Aug. 11 but was victimized by poor defense in his last outing, a road loss to the New York Yankees last Sunday in which he surrendered eight runs and 11 hits over five innings. Only three of the runs were earned, however, as the Mariners committed five errors in a six-run opening frame - marking the first time five miscues were made in an inning since the Chicago Cubs accomplished the dubious feat in 1977. Albers made his only career start versus the Athletics on Sept. 20, 2013, when he also allowed three earned and five unearned runs over 4 2/3 frames of a loss at Oakland while with Minnesota.
1. Mariners 2B Robinson Cano hit his 20th home run of the year on Saturday, marking the eighth time in his career he has reached the plateau.
2. Oakland OF Matt Joyce, who is 4-for-7 in the series, has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games and hasn’t gone more than one contest without a hit since July 23 and 24.
3. Seattle purchased the contract of Gordon Beckham from Triple-A Tacoma and designated fellow INF Shawn O’Malley for assignment.
PREDICTION: Athletics 5, Mariners 4