OAKLAND, Calif. – Edgar Martinez hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth inning today to lead the Seattle Mariners over the Oakland Athletics 12-10.
Mike Cameron, Al Martin, Bret Boone and David Bell homered for the Mariners, who had 17 hits and gained a four-game split and avoided what would have been their first series loss since dropping two of three to the New York Yankees from May 18-20.
Jason Giambi, Jeremy Giambi and Eric Chavez homered for the A’s, all off reliever Ryan Franklin.
Jose Paniagua (3-1) pitched 1 1-3 hitless innings, and Arthur Rhodes got five straight outs for his second save in four chances, striking out three.
Oakland led 10-9 in the eighth when Ichiro Suzuki singled with two outs off Jeff Tam (0-3) and stole second, Mark McLemore walked and the pair pulled off a double steal.
Rather than walk Martinez, Tam pitched to him and allowed a double that went on a hop to the wall in right-center. McLemore added an RBI single in the ninth.
Each team had a lead in every game of the series, and each game was decided from the seventh inning on. There were 12 lead changes during the series.
Oakland’s Cory Lidle, given a 6-0 lead in the first, allowed eight runs – five earned – and 10 hits in 4 1-3 inning. Coming in, Lidle had the third-lowest run support in the AL, an average of 3.10 runs per start.
Seattle’s John Halama gave up seven runs – four earned – and eight hits in 2 1-3 innings, matching his second-shortest outing of the season.
Oakland went ahead in the first on Jason Giambi’s RBI double, John Jaha’s run-scoring groundout, Miguel Tejada’s RBI single, Ramon Hernandez’s sacrifice fly and Johnny Damon’s two-run single.
Martin, who entered hitting .188 and went 3-for-3, hit a two-run homer in the second and Cameron’s three-homer homer in the third pulled the Mariners to 6-5. It came after Tejada made his fourth error in six games, booting a potential double-play grounder to shortstop.
Hernandez’s RBI single made it 7-5 in the bottom half, Bell homered in the fourth and Jason Giambi gave Oakland an 8-6 lead in the bottom of the fourth against Ryan Franklin with his 19th homer.
Boone, entering as a pinch hitter in the fifth, put Seattle ahead 9-8 with a three-run homer off Mike Magnante.
Oakland went back ahead when Jeremy Giambi homered in the fifth and Chavez connected in the sixth.
Notes: Lidle has eight no-decisions this season, and has left the game with the lead in seven. … Oakland is the only road city in which the Mariners have lost 100 or more games. They are 53-106. … Seattle leads the majors with 28 wins in day games. … Halama is undefeated (3-0) in seven road starts this season. … U.S. women’s soccer star Brandi Chastain threw out the ceremonial first pitch. … The Giambi brothers homered in the same game for the third time, the first this season. … McLemore extended his stolen base streak to 23 without being caught, the longest since Jose Cruz swiped 28 in a row to open the 1981 season. He tied Cruz for the fourth-longest in club history.
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