Seattle (57-97) at Oakland (73-81)

Cloudy Currently: Oakland, CA
Temp: 63° F
  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Sun Sep 21, 2008
  • TV: FSNW
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The resurgent Oakland Athletics want to finish 2008 in strong fashion. The Seattle Mariners just want to finish the season.

The Athletics go for the series sweep in their home finale, and will try to hand the major league’s worst team their 11th consecutive loss on Sunday.

On Saturday, Jeff Baisley had a pair of two-run singles, and Daric Barton drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the A’s rallied for an 8-7 win. Since Sept. 5, Oakland (73-81) has won 10 of 14, and has scored at least seven runs six times.

The A’s, who need four wins to top last season’s total, will close out the season with a three-game series at Texas followed by three more at Seattle.

Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a third-inning single. He’s batting .364 (20-for-55) during his run and .314 this season, but he hasn’t been able to prevent the Mariners’ slide - which is approaching the record books.

In September 1992, the Mariners dropped a franchise-record 14 straight. Following this series, Seattle (57-97) hosts the playoff-bound Los Angeles Angels for four games.

After excelling this season in the bullpen, struggling Brandon Morrow (2-4, 2.53 ERA) will make his fourth start for Seattle.

The right-hander was 1-2 with a 1.47 ERA and converted 10 of 12 save opportunities in 40 games as a reliever before moving into the rotation on Sept. 5. Since then, he’s gone 1-2 with a 4.86 ERA.

On Tuesday against Kansas City, Morrow was tagged for six runs and eight hits - including three homers - in four innings of a 6-3 loss to Kansas City.

“Overall, it was a step backwards,” Seattle manager Jim Riggleman told the Mariners’ official Web site. “He has taken a couple of steps forward and one back, a couple forward and one back. We knew that was going to happen. We just have to bear with it. We knew it was possibly going to be a trying process.”

Morrow has no record with a 5.23 ERA and one save in 12 career appearances against Oakland.

Oakland’s Sean Gallagher (2-2, 5.16) will try to win consecutive starts for the first time since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs on July 8.

Over his last two outings, the right-hander has pitched 11 innings while recording a 0.82 ERA. Facing the Angels on Tuesday, Gallagher allowed a run and four hits over seven innings to outduel John Lackey as Oakland rolled to an 8-1 win.

“My key is pounding the zone with all of my pitches,” Gallagher told the Athletics’ official Web site.

He has never started against Seattle.

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Starting Pitchers

B. Morrow Tor vs. S. Gallagher Pit
3-4 Record 5-7
3.34 ERA 5.15
75 K 103
34 BB 58
1.14 WHIP 1.53

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