The Seattle Mariners probably aren’t going to make the playoffs this season. Their play in Oakland certainly isn’t to blame.
The Mariners look to continue their road dominance of the Athletics on Tuesday night when the AL West rivals continue a three-game series at McAfee Coliseum.
“It was a nice way to start a road trip, especially against Haren,” Mariners manager John McLaren said. “He’s a tough pitcher.”
Seattle (79-70) is 6 1/2 games behind the wild card-leading New York Yankees with 13 games remaining.
Lopez, who homered for the first time since July 8, is batting .120 (3-for-25) in his last 10 games.
After losing all nine games at Oakland last season, the Mariners have a franchise-best six wins in seven games there this year. They have already won the season series for the first time sine 2003, winning 12 of 17 meetings with two games left.
The defending AL West champion Athletics (74-78) are batting a dismal .176 (38-for-216) with nine runs scored at home this season against the Mariners.
Oakland needs to win eight of its final 10 games to extend its streak of winning seasons to nine. The A’s haven’t finished below .500 since 1998, when they were 74-88.
Seattle’s Jeff Weaver (6-12, 6.34 ERA) looks to rebound from one of the worst starts of his career. The struggling right-hander recorded only four outs Thursday against Tampa Bay and allowed five runs, six hits and two walks. The Mariners, though, overcame the five-run deficit for an 8-7 victory.
“It’s hard to explain,” McLaren said. “He seemed to be throwing the ball good in the first. I don’t know what happened in the second.”
Thursday’s start marked the 11th time in 24 outings this season that an opponent scored five runs or more off Weaver. He is 0-2 with a 13.17 ERA in his last four starts, failing to make it past the fifth inning in any of those appearances.
Weaver is 0-1 with a 2.92 ERA in two starts this year against Oakland.
Chad Gaudin (11-11, 4.47) hopes to win consecutive starts for the first time over two months. Facing the Rangers for the second straight start, Gaudin gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings of a 6-5 victory on Thursday. He was tagged for six runs and a season high-tying 10 hits over 3 2-3 innings in a 7-3 loss at Texas on Sept. 8.
“I felt positive toward the outing,” he said. “I felt I was in control. I made some good pitches when I needed to and attacked the zone. I was not working under pressure, just laboring a little bit.”
Giving up home runs remains a problem for Gaudin, who has allowed 14 over his last 11 starts. He surrendered only five homers in his first 20 outings this season.
Gaudin is 1-1 with a 3.45 ERA in two starts this year against Seattle.