Torrens’ 2-Run Single Helps Seattle Sweep Stumbling A’s

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Manager Scott Servais saved the tally differential speech for different day, preferring to notation Seattle’s “fun differential.”

His Mariners are winning successful a assortment of ways and uncovering a bully groove astatine the close time.

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Luis Torrens deed a tiebreaking two-run single, Chris Flexen stayed coagulated into the seventh inning and Seattle swept a two-game bid against the Oakland Athletics with a 5-1 triumph Tuesday.

“Somebody conscionable told maine our tally differential was minus-nine connected this travel but our amusive differential was astir plus-90,” Servais said, smiling. “We’re going with that.”

“It’s decidedly higher than our tally differential, that’s for sure,” catcher Tom Murphy said arsenic Seattle wrapped up an eight-game, three-city roadworthy travel astatine 6-2.

The A’s managed 3 consecutive singles successful the archetypal against Flexen (11-5), who settled successful and struck retired 5 implicit 6 2/3 innings. He allowed six hits and walked one, and the Mariners improved to 17-7 successful his outings.

Mitch Moreland deed an RBI azygous for Oakland successful the archetypal earlier Jarred Kelenic tied it astatine 1 with a azygous of his ain successful the second. Kelenic besides doubled location Murphy successful the eighth and scored connected Dylan Moore’s single.

Elvis Andrus deed a two-out treble successful the seventh and Mark Canha walked to pursuit Flexen, but Oakland came up empty. Starling Marte deed a precocious alert against Drew Steckenrider, who earned his sixth save.

The A’s, who went to the playoffs the past 3 seasons, are trying to find the acquainted amusive they’ve known truthful well.

Oakland mislaid its 4th consecutive crippled — each but Tuesday’s effect by 2 oregon less runs — and eighth successful 10 pursuing a 12-3 stretch.

“We’re putting excessively overmuch unit connected each facet that we person close now. Not a batch of country for error,” manager Bob Melvin said. “It was a pugnacious agelong we went through. We did not look bully today. We’ve mislaid immoderate adjacent games present recently. We person to flip the power and commencement playing similar we do. We usually are connected the different broadside of those games. And this is the incorrect clip to spell into a slump, incorrect clip to spell into a squad slump. We’ll fig it out.”

A time aft helium was scratched due to the fact that of a bruised near foot, Oakland 3rd baseman Matt Chapman got deed by a transportation successful his near wrist country successful the 4th but stayed successful the game.

A’s lefty Cole Irvin (9-12) was done aft 3 innings due to the fact that of a propulsion helium felt successful his hep that helium doesn’t see serious. Seattle tagged him for 3 runs and 7 hits.

“They’re warring for what we’re warring for, a postseason berth,” Irvin said.

Oakland reliever Yusmeiro Petit, 36, made his 500th vocation appearance.

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The Mariners’ 5-3 triumph Monday was their 30th comeback triumph and 2nd consecutive rallying successful the ninth to win.

“I’ve ne'er been a portion of a squad that’s done it this often precocious successful games,” Servais said, noting helium wishes Seattle would enactment up a fewer much runs early.

“Quite frankly it would marque everybody’s beingness a small spot easier, but we’re successful the amusement business, wherefore not marque it interesting, right?”


A time aft the bid opener drew 4,140 fans, Tuesday’s summons income were 4,508.

“It’s a small spot different,” Servais said.


Mariners: With the mode the disconnected days enactment up, the Mariners volition instrumentality with their regular rotation that gives the starters an other time of remainder they could usage astatine this stage, Servais said.

Athletics: RHP Chris Bassitt’s facial country successful Chicago went arsenic planned and the A’s are encouraged aft the pitcher was deed by a enactment thrust against the White Sox past week. Plastic surgeon Dr. Peter Revenaugh astatine the Rush Medical Center performed the cognition to stabilize 3 fractured cheekbones portion besides removing different tiny fractured bones. The squad said “Chris is unchangeable and resting comfortably and volition person follow-up appointments upon his accomplishment to Oakland,” which is expected to beryllium aboriginal this week. “Very successful, truthful that is large news,” Melvin said. “All the small nuance things that we astir apt knew astir successful determination each went beautifully, took retired fragments, the full bit. So I deliberation it went exceptionally good and everybody feels large astir that.”


Seattle outrighted right-hander Robert Dugger to Triple-A Tacoma aft helium was designated for duty Sunday.


Seattle is disconnected Wednesday and Yusei Kikuchi (7-7, 4.22 ERA) is acceptable to commencement the bid opener astatine location against Kansas City connected Thursday night. He is looking to drawback a three-start winless agelong and debar back-to-back losing starts for the 2nd clip successful 2021.

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After Oakland’s disconnected day, RHP James Kaprielian (7-4, 3.25 ERA) takes the mound for the A’s having gone 2-0 with a 3.31 ERA successful 3 starts since coming disconnected the injured list.

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