Mariners 7, Athletics 4

Eric Gilmore, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Scoring five runs in the eighth inning, the Seattle Mariners roared back to beat the Oakland A's 7-4 Tuesday night at the Coliseum.
The Mariners trailed 4-0 after the first inning and 4-2 entering the eighth, but they sent 11 batters to the plate that inning against the typically dominant A's bullpen.
A's left-handed reliever Sean Doolittle gave up four straight hits and didn't retire a batter in the eighth before giving way to righty Ryan Cook with the scored knotted 4-4. Doolittle was charged with four earned runs. In one-third of an inning, Cook walked two and threw two wild pitches, each one bringing home a run. He was charged with one earned run.
Michael Saunders laced a leadoff single to center and moved to third on Henry Blanco's double down the left-field line -- the ball bounced in and out of Yoenis Cespedes' glove on his backhand attempt after a long run.
Brad Miller lined an RBI single to center, scoring Saunders and cutting Oakland's lead to 4-3. Then Ryan Franklin singled sharply to left, driving in pinch runner Brendan Ryan as the Mariners pulled even.
That was it for Doolittle (4-5), who took the loss.
Enter Cook, who walked Kyle Seager, loading the bases. Miller scored on a wild pitch, giving Seattle a 5-4 lead. Franklin scored from third on Kendrys Morales' ground ball to second baseman Alberto Callaspo; Franklin beat catcher Derek Norris' sweep tag off Callaspo's throw. Franklin and Norris limped away and left the game with injuries. Franklin suffered a lacerated left knee that required stitches.
Cook finally got the first out, fanning Justin Smoak. But Seager scored from third on a wild pitch to Michael Morse, making it 7-4 and ending Cook's night.
Mariners right-hander Brandon Mauer (4-7), who threw a scoreless seventh, got the win. Yoervis Medina pitched a scoreless eighth and Danny Farquhar a perfect ninth for his eighth save
The A's fell 1 1/2 games behind first-place Texas in the AL West.
A's rookie right-hander Sonny Gray was coming off his first major-league win, pitching eight shutout innings and striking out nine in a 5-0 win over Houston on Thursday. This time Gray wasn't quite as dominant, but he held the Mariners to two runs on two hits over seven innings. He struck out seven, walked two and got a no-decision.
Gray gave up a two-run homer to Franklin with two outs in the third inning. But he retired 13 of the next 14 batters he faced, walking one during that stretch.
The Mariners had to like their odds of winning with left-hander Joe Saunders on the mound. He entered the game 15-6 with a 3.36 ERA in 23 starts against the A's. He was 7-3 at the Coliseum. He has more wins against the A's than any other team and more wins at the Coliseum than at any other stadium.
But in the bottom of the first inning, Josh Donaldson hit a two-run blast and Nate Freiman a solo shot off Saunders, powering the A's to 4-0 lead. Saunders recovered to pitch five shutout innings but left with the Mariners trailing 4-2. Saunders allowed 10 hits and four runs over six innings, walking three and striking out two.
The A's batted around and scored four runs in the first inning. Jed Lowrie led off with an opposite-field triple and Norris grounded an RBI single to right, another opposite-field hit.
Donaldson launched a two-run blast to left, his 18th homer of the season and second since the All-Star break. He drilled a belt-high, 2-2 fastball from Saunders that put the A's ahead 3-0.
Then with one out, Freiman crushed a 2-1 changeup into the left-field seats, making it 4-0. The home run was Freiman's fourth of the season, second in his past three games and first against a team other than Houston. It was also his second homer in support of Gray, a fellow rookie.
Saunders gave up five hits and walked two in the first inning. He threw 40 pitches and would have needed more if he hadn't picked off Chris Young at first base after walking him.
Seattle answered with two runs in the top of the third. Michael Saunders led off with a walk and Franklin lofted a one-out homer into the right-field seats.
Franklin hit a 1-0 changeup for his 11th home run of the season, snapping a 15-game home run drought. He homered for the first time since hitting two on July 28 against Minnesota.
NOTES: Morse (strained left wrist) was in the starting lineup in right field after missing two games. ... Oakland CF Coco Crisp (strained left wrist), as expected, was out of the starting lineup. The switch-hitting Crisp had missed seven straight starts before starting Monday night's game against the Mariners and RHP Aaron Harang. Crisp is experiencing more discomfort swinging right-handed, so manager Bob Melvin kept him out of the lineup against Saunders. Crisp will start Wednesday's series finale against RHP Hisashi Iwakuma. ... Mariners acting manager Robby Thompson said he plans to spend part of Seattle's off day on Thursday with manager Eric Wedge, putting together a "game plan" for his return. Wedge will be in uniform Friday night after missing 28 games following a minor stroke. "I know that he wants to come back slowly," Thompson said. "I know that he's been told that, that he can't really just jump in full bore. We'll work off each other, just like we have in the past."