After scoring only four runs in being swept four straight against
the American League West-leading Los Angeles Angels, Oakland scored
five times in the bottom of the first and rode Hammel to pull within
4 1/2 games of the idle Angels. Hammel (10-10) yielded a run and
three hits with five strikeouts as the wild-card leading Athletics
moved 5 1/2 ahead of Seattle.
Geovany Soto had two RBIs, Josh Reddick was 2-for-4 with two runs
scored and Eric Sogard chipped in two hits and an RBI for Oakland.
Brad Miller belted a solo homer in the sixth for Seattle, which fell
1 1/2 games behind Detroit in the race for the second wild-card
Reddick doubled with one out in the first and Dunn - acquired Sunday
in a trade with the Chicago White Sox - smacked his 21st of the year
to give the Athletics a quick 2-0 lead against Chris Young (12-7),
who lasted two-thirds of an inning in the shortest start of his
career. Oakland then loaded the bases on two walks and a single
before Soto brought in a pair with a base hit to left and Sogard
made it 5-0 with a single.
Hammel retired the side in order in the first, third and fourth
innings before Miller deposited a 1-0 offering over the wall in
right to get the Mariners on the board leading off the sixth. Hammel
retired the final nine men he faced, striking out the final two, to
pick up his second win in nine appearances since joining Oakland.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Dunn's 461st career homer made him the 12th player to hit a
home run in his first at-bat with Oakland. ... Young was charged with
five runs on four hits and two walks while top pitching prospect Taijuan
Walker, who was brought up as part of September call-ups, allowed a run
in six innings of relief. ... The top four spots in Seattle's lineup
went a combined 0-for-15.
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