“We really needed that.” The words were heard from multiple players and coaches on the field after the Mariners 9-5 series- and possibly road trip-saving win over the A’s in Oakland Thursday afternoon.

Kelenic helps Mariners beat A’s 9-5 after Julio exits early

As cool as they tried to play it, as much as they tried to lean on or into the “no panic” mode that carried them through a rocky first two months and periods of adversity throughout the season, the relief that was shown on the field exposed the façade that hid the unavoidable unease that had cropped up with the team losing their top two two offensive players on this trip and dropping six of their last eight games.

“It was big to bounce back from the last two days,” said Ty France in his walkoff interview. “To come out and put together good at bats right away was huge for us. It got us rolling.”

Offense has been the concern with the Mariners scoring just one run in four of their five losses on their final regular season road trip. The home runs that had carried the offense in the second half were nowhere to be found. Throughout the year, manufacturing runs has been a challenge for this team and perhaps never so evident as it was on this trip. For that reason, as big as the Jarred Kelenic home run was, it was the three runs put up in the first inning and an add-on run in the seventh that perhaps had Scott Servais most encouraged coming out of the win.

“I really am happy with the ability to add on runs,” he said. “Two out, nobody on, D-Mo with the base hit, steals the base, Carlos gets him over, we get him in with the sac fly? That’s …read more

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