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Rodríguez’s 1st long ball at home leads Mariners past A’s 7-6

Seattle shakes off slump with three homers

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SEATTLE (AP) — Prized rookie Julio Rodríguez homered at home for the first time, a three-run shot to give Seattle an early lead, and the Mariners beat Oakland 7-6 on Monday night for their 13th straight win over the Athletics.

Cal Raleigh and Eugenio Suárez each added a two-run homer as the Mariners extended their domination of the A’s dating to last season. Seattle went 15-4 against Oakland last year and hasn’t lost to the A’s since July 22, 2021.

After a rough first couple of weeks, Rodríguez has been one of Seattle’s best hitters for more than a month. He had his fifth multi-hit game in the past nine, adding a sharp single to go along with his fourth home run.

Raleigh’s homer in the fourth inning was his fourth of the season and just his fifth hit. Suárez added his ninth homer and third in the past eight games in the fifth inning.

All the Seattle home runs came off Oakland starter Zach Logue, who had allowed four earned runs total in his previous three starts. Logue (2-3) was tagged for seven earned runs. He walked four and struck out six.

Seattle starter Marco Gonzales pitched 5 1/3 innings to get the victory but his final numbers didn’t look great thanks to some bloop hits and shaky relief work by the Mariners. Gonzales (3-4) allowed five earned runs, but reliever Penn Murfee failed to get an out, giving up two hits and a walk after Gonzlaes was lifted.

Paul Sewald pitched the ninth for his second save.

Chad Pinder hit his fourth homer of the season off Gonzales, and Cristian Pache had a two-run double off Murfee. Tony Kemp also had two RBIs.

UNLUKCY 13

The 13 straight losses by the A’s to Seattle ties Oakland’s longest losing streak against one team. The A’s lost 13 straight to Cleveland (1994-95), Baltimore (1977-79) and Texas (1977-78).

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: OF Ramón Laureano was out of the lineup for a second straight game after getting hit on the hand Saturday against the Angels. There was optimism Laureano could be back in the lineup Tuesday. … RHP Frankie Montas threw a bullpen and is on track to make his next scheduled start. Montas was struck by a line drive on the hand Saturday against the Angels.

Mariners: Seattle is optimistic that 2020 AL Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis will be activated off the injured list Tuesday. Lewis has missed nearly a year due to right knee issues. A final decision is expected Tuesday. … RHP Ken Giles is expected to throw live batting practice in Arizona early this week as the precursor to a rehab assignment. … RHP Erik Swanson (elbow inflammation) had a brief setback in his recovery and won’t throw for a few days.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP James Kaprielian (0-2, 4.50 ERA) will make his fourth start of the season Tuesday after coming off the injured list May 1. After a rough first outing, Kaprielian has allowed five earned runs over his past 16 innings.

Mariners: Rookie RHP George Kirby (0-1, 3.60) makes his fourth start. Kirby allowed five runs on eight hits in his last start against Boston. In his only previous home start, Kirby threw six shutout innings with seven strikeouts.

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