Lester (15-10) improved to 5-3 with a 2.30 ERA since joining the
Athletics after allowing four hits and four walks to help Oakland
move 2 1/2 games clear atop the American League wild-card race. Fuld
and Adam Dunn delivered RBI singles while Coco Crisp recorded two
hits and scored for the Athletics.
Chris Young (12-8) extended his winless string to four starts after
yielding two runs and four hits while striking out five in six-plus
innings for the Mariners, who remained one game behind Kansas City
for the second wild-card spot. Austin Jackson snapped an 0-for-14
slide with two hits for Seattle, which had seven hits.
Fuld belted a 1-2 pitch out to right with one out in the first for
his fourth home run of the season. Moss recorded his 24th homer and
first since July 24 - a span of 39 games - when he belted a 2-0
fastball over the wall in right to give Oakland a 2-0 lead in the
The Mariners had runners at second and third with none out in the
seventh before reliever Dan Otero retired Jackson on a grounder,
struck out Michael Saunders and got Kendrys Morales to fly out after
an intentional walk to Robinson Cano. The Athletics tacked on a pair
of insurance runs in the eighth when Crisp doubled and scored on
Fuld's single, and Dunn's RBI single plated Fuld.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Seattle won the season series 10-9. ... Dunn is
8-for-32 with two homers, seven RBIs and 12 strikeouts since being
acquired from the White Sox. ... The Mariners, who remain one of two
teams in the majors without a grand slam (Los Angeles Dodgers), fell
to 29-19 versus left-handers this season.
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