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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Julio Rodríguez doubled and scored before leaving with lower back tightness, and the Seattle Mariners overcame the loss of the rookie center fielder to beat the Oakland Athletics 9-5 on Thursday and avoid a three-game sweep.

Mariners 9, Athletics 5: Box score

Rodríguez slowly walked off the field with a trainer in the bottom half of the first inning. He recently missed three games in Anaheim with a lower back issue.

Jarred Kelenic moved from left to center field and Sam Haggerty entered the game in left. Kelenic homered and doubled in his first game since being called up from Triple-A Tacoma.

JK goes BOOM! pic.twitter.com/LPC1uyoo3X

— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) September 22, 2022

Adam Frazier went 2 for 4 with three RBIs. Mitch Haniger, Cal Raleigh, Jesse Winker and Ty France also drove in runs for Seattle, which entered the day with a four-game lead over Baltimore for the third and final AL wild-card position.

Stephen Vogt tripled in three runs for Oakland. Tony Kemp and Shea Langeliers added RBIs.

The A’s built a 5-3 lead against Mariners starter George Kirby, tagging the rookie right-hander for five runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings. Kirby struck out one and walked three.

Kelenic homered off of Oakland starter Adrián Martínez in the fourth inning to bring the Mariners within one. Martínez gave up five runs on six hits and two walks in five innings, striking out seven.

Kelenic tied the game in the sixth with an RBI double off reliever Kirby Snead.

Jarred is feelin’ it today! All tied up! pic.twitter.com/WmMgeKfpRT

— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) September 22, 2022

Frazier added a two-run double to put Seattle ahead.

.@A_Fraz12 in the CLUTCH. pic.twitter.com/oVxyT6mtpm

— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) September 22, 2022

Snead (1-1) surrendered two runs …read more

Source:: sports.MyNorthwest.com – Sports

      

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