OAKLAND, Calif. — Julio Rodríguez hit a two-run homer, Jesse Winker followed with a solo drive and then Eugenio Suárez in a burst of three straight longballs by Seattle in the seventh, and the Mariners slugged past the Oakland Athletics 8-2 on Tuesday night in a matchup of stumbling AL West rivals.
Taylor Trammell connected leading off the third for Seattle, which snapped a three-game losing streak. The Mariners had dropped five of six and seven of nine but came out swinging to open a six-game road trip.
Manager Scott Servais hoped a change of scenery and time together would help Seattle snap out of its recent funk.
“You know what really brings a team together, winning,” he said pregame.
He mentioned timely hits, too, and the Mariners delivered plenty of them. Seattle hit three consecutive homers for the first time since Aug. 27, 2004, against Kansas City — off Zack Greinke no less.
Rodríguez scored from first on Winker’s double in the sixth. Ty France provided insurance with an RBI single in to start the five-run seventh for Seattle, then Rodríguez connected for his ninth homer.
Seattle lefty Marco Gonzales (4-7) allowed seven hits over seven sharp innings to end a three-game losing streak, earning his first victory in five starts since beating the A’s on May 23 in Seattle.
He surrendered Nick Allen’s first major league home run on a two-run drive in the seventh. The A’s, who snapped a season-high eight-game home losing streak Sunday by beating the Royals, lost for the 16th time in 18 games.
A’s starter James Kaprielian (0-5) allowed two runs on five hits over 5.1 innings with seven strikeouts and two walks.