Mariners slug four homers to beat A’s 8-2

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Julio Rodríguez and his teammates were amazed watching from the dugout as baseballs kept clearing the fences — one, two, then three of them in a row.

Rodríguez hit a two-run homer, Jesse Winker followed with a solo drive and then Eugenio Suárez connected in a burst of three straight longballs by Seattle in the seventh, and the Mariners slugged past the Oakland Athletics 8-2 on Tues day night in a matchup of stumbling AL West rivals.

“It just felt amazing honestly just seeing everybody getting it going and score some runs like that,” Rodríguez said. “It was definitely amazing to see. We were in the dugout, ‘Oh, there’s another one.’ It was fun. Being able to deliver like that for the team, I felt like everybody felt pretty happy about it.”

Taylor Trammell connected leading off the third for Seattle, which snapped a three-game losing streak. The Mariners had dropped five of six and seven of nine but came out swinging to open a six-game road trip.

Manager Scott Servais hoped a change of scenery and time together would help Seattle snap out of its recent funk.

“You know what really brings a team together, winning,” he said pregame.

He mentioned timely hits, too, and the Mariners delivered plenty of them. Seattle hit three consecutive homers for the first time since Aug. 27, 2004, against Kansas City — off Zack Greinke no less.

“We had the back-to-back-to-back, which was great to see. We hadn’t seen one all year,” Servais said. “So I was as excited as the guys were just squaring balls up. A lot of good things offensively tonight.”

Rodríguez scored from first on Winker’s double in the sixth. Ty France provided insurance with an RBI single in to start the five-run seventh for Seattle, then Rodríguez connected for his ninth homer.

Seattle lefty Marco Gonzales (4-7) allowed seven hits over seven sharp innings to end a three-game losing streak, earning his first victory in five starts since beating the A’s on May 23 in Seattle.

“Just trying to stay in my process, get us back in the dugout and swing it,” Gonzales said.

He surrendered Nick Allen’s first major league home run on a two-run drive in the seventh. The A’s, who snapped a season-high eightgame home losing streak Sunday by beating the Royals, lost for the 16th time in 19 games.

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

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