OAKLAND, Calif. – Dan Haren pitched seven strong innings and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 7-2 on Wednesday night for their season-high sixth straight victory.
Haren (6-5) gave up four hits and retired 12 in a row at one point. He didn’t allow a hit after Carl Everett’s leadoff single in the second inning. Haren walked two and struck out four to improve to 7-0 in the month of June over the past two years.
Jason Kendall and Bobby Kielty each drove in two runs as the A’s extended their win streak against Seattle to eight games.
Ichiro Suzuki collected two hits, extending his hitting streak to 14 games. He is 33-for-63 (.524) during that streak to raise his average from .323 to .367. Jose Lopez had two hits and drove in a run.
Suzuki led off the game with a single and scored Seattle’s first run when Raul Ibanez grounded into a double play with the bases loaded.
Joel Pineiro (5-7) matched his second shortest outing of the season by pitching into trouble in every inning after retiring the side in order in the first. He lasted four-plus innings, giving up seven runs – five earned – and six hits. He walked two, hit a batter and did not strike out anyone.
Eric Chavez snapped an 0-for-16 streak with a single in the fifth, ending Pineiro’s night. He is 1-5 against the A’s since winning seven straight decisions against them between April 16, 2002 and April 20, 2005.
The A’s scored a pair of unearned runs in the second to take a 2-1 lead. Frank Thomas was hit by a pitch and Adrian Beltre mishandled Bobby Crosby’s grounder to open the inning. Two outs later, Jason Kendall doubled home both runners.
Thomas added an RBI single in the third, a sharp line drive that hit off the left field wall. Chavez scored from first on the play. Milton Bradley ran for Thomas, who left the game with a strained right quad.
Bobby Kielty doubled home a run and Mark Kotsay added an RBI single to make it 5-1 in the fourth.
Nick Swisher walked and Chavez singled before Jake Woods relieved Pineiro and gave up a sacrifice fly to Dan Johnson and Kielty’s run-scoring single for a 7-1 A’s lead.
Lopez singled in a run against Brad Halsey in the eighth to make it 7-2.
The Mariners have scored twice in their last two games after scoring 22 runs to sweep the Los Angeles Angels in a three-game set.
The A’s grounded into a double play for the 10th straight game, their longest such stretch since an 11-game span in April of 2004. The A’s lead the AL with 64 double plays while the Mariners have grounded into 39, the fewest in the AL.