Mariners snap losing streak, beat A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. — Jose Lopez hit a three-run double, Adrian Beltre drove in two runs and the Seattle Mariners ended a three-game slide with a 6-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics on a warm Wednesday night.

Beltre finished with three hits and Raul Ibanez also drove in a run for the Mariners, who helped Roy Corcoran (1-0) win his first big league game with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Donnie Murphy drove in three runs and Jack Cust snapped out of an 0-for-18 slump with a home run for the A’s, who lost at home to the Mariners for the 11th time in 14 meetings here.

Ichiro Suzuki singled three times. His last 34 hits have all been singles, and he’s gone a career-long 114 plate appearances without an extra-base hit.

Mariners starter Miguel Batista left the game with a right groin strain after throwing three pitches in the third inning. He walked gingerly behind the mound after delivering a 1-1 pitch to Murphy, then was escorted off the field by Mariners head trainer Rick Griffin.

Batista was making his second start since being removed from the rotation following his start on June 7 against the Boston Red Sox. He allowed Cust’s home run leading off the second inning and did not walk a batter with one strikeout.

Ryan Rowland-Smith took over for Batista and allowed three runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings. Corcoran entered the game with two runners on and one out in the fourth, and retired eight of the nine hitters he faced to win his first game in 36 big league appearances.

Brandon Morrow pitched the ninth to remain perfect in eight save chances.

Corcoran, Arthur Rhodes, Sean Green and Morrow combined to set down 17 of the final 19 Oakland hitters.

Joe Blanton (5-12) became the AL’s first 12-game loser and matched Matt Keough’s 1982 Oakland record for most losses before the All-Star break.

Blanton gave up six runs and nine hits, striking out two without walking a batter. He dropped to 2-6 over his last eight starts with an ERA of 6.75 over that span.

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