Mariners crush A’s, winning 4-3

California’s OAKLAND (AP) — Baseballs started clearing the fences, one, two, then three in a row, as Julio Rodriguez and his colleagues watched in awe from the dugout.

In a showdown of struggling AL West rivals, the Mariners slugged over the Oakland Athletics 8-2 on Tuesday night, with Rodrguez hitting a two-run homer, Jesse Winker following with a solo shot, and Eugenio Suárez connecting in a burst of three straight longballs by Seattle in the eighth.

Rodrguez remarked, “Honestly, it was wonderful just seeing everybody get it rolling and score some runs like that. “Seeing it was undoubtedly incredible. Oh, there’s another one, we heard from the dugout. I enjoyed it. Everyone seemed to be pleased that the team was able to deliver in such a way.

Seattle’s three-game losing streak was ended when Taylor Trammell scored to start the third. The Mariners started a six-game road trip well despite having lost five of six and seven of nine games.

Seattle’s current slump, manager Scott Servais believed, would end with a change of scenery and some quality time spent together.

He noted before the game that “winning really draws a team together.”

He also mentioned timely hits, which the Mariners produced in large quantities. Seattle hit three straight home runs off Zack Greinke against Kansas City on August 27, 2004, for the first time since that day.

“It was awesome to watch the back-to-back-to-back that we had. All year, we hadn’t seen one,” Servais remarked. So, when the guys started squaring balls up, I was just as eager. Lots of positive offensive things tonight.

On Winker’s double in the sixth, Rodrguez scored from first place. For Seattle, Ty France’s RBI single to start the five-run seventh inning served as insurance before Rodrguez struck for his eleventh home run.

The left-handed Seattle pitcher Marco Gonzales (4-7) ended a three-game losing run by allowing just seven hits over the course of seven tight innings, giving him his first win in five starts since Seattle’s victory over the A’s on May 23.

Gonzales stated, “I’m just trying to stay in my process, get us back in the dugout, and swing it.”

On a two-run shot in the sixth, he allowed Nick Allen to hit his first big league home run. The A’s lost for the 16th time in 19 games despite ending an eight-game home losing run, a season high, on Sunday by defeating the Royals.

With seven strikeouts and two walks over 5 1/3 innings, A’s starter James Kaprielian (0-5) gave up two runs on five hits.

SCORCHER

At first pitch, it was 92 degrees, an unusually warm June day for the Bay Area, and the ball sure carried.

The A’s opening pitch on Tuesday was the warmest since 94 degrees on September 6, 2020, during a doubleheader against the Padres.

In Oakland, please. Today is the hottest day I’ve ever witnessed in this stadium “stated Servais.

ROOM FOR TRAINERS

Seahawks: OF On the seven-day concussion list, Kyle Lewis is getting better. “He feels better now. He’s finishing his cardio exercises, according to Servais. Seattle RHP Ken Giles, who had a sprained middle finger on his pitching hand, was reinstated from the 60-day IL on Monday during the off-day. Giles made his major league debut for the Mariners in the ninth inning, his first since signing with Toronto in 2020.

Athletics: RHP reliever Dany Jiménez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained pitching shoulder retroactive to June 19. Manager Mark Kotsay reported that an MRI revealed no structural damage. Obviously, we’ll check to see if he’s 100 percent “Kotsay stated so recently. Sam Moll, an LHP, was added to the Covid-19 list.

ROSTER CHANGES

The A’s signed right-handed pitcher Domingo Tapia as a replacement player and recalled LHP Kirby Snead, INFs Nick Allen and Sheldon Neuse from Triple-A Las Vegas. Matt Davidson, an infielder, was assigned.

An ex-reliever with the A’s and Giants, RHP Sergio Romo, and LHP Roenis Elas were both assigned by Seattle along with INF Kevin Padlo.

NEXT UP

RHP In his ninth career start and second against the A’s, Seattle’s George Kirby (1-2, 3.56 ERA) starts the middle game of the series. RHP Paul Blackburn (6-2, 2.26), who has only given up one run in his last two outings, will be Oakland’s counterpuncher.