Following an 8-2 homestand that included six wins in a row, the Mariners were stopped 6-3 by the Athletics in Oakland Friday night (box), the first of a seven-game road trip. The loss also broke Seattle’s seven-game win streak at the Coliseum. The Mariners dropped to two games back of the second AL wild-card spot.Essential moment
Probably when Joe Wieland was called to fill another emergency start. The starter-shy Mariners called up Wieland, 26, from AAA Tacoma for his first Seattle start, and only his 12th in the major leagues. He was the 29th pitcher used this season, a club record. Over-amped, Wieland gave up three in the first, then three in the sixth.
Two of Wieland’s first-inning runs came on a homer by Khris Davis, his 28th. Wieland calmed down and cruised for the next four innings until the sixth. He gave up another three-spot when the A’s strung together five consecutive singles.
Over his past 17 games in Tacoma, he had a 10-2 record and 3.67 ERA, including 5-0 with a 2.37 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 30.1 innings over his last five outings. But the major leagues are different.
Even though he gave up three walks, Oakland starter Sean Manaea had a no-hitter through 4.2 innings before 3B Kyle Seager sent a low liner barely into the right field stands for a solo homer. In the fifth, SS Ketel Marte opened with a single and scored on a triple by LF Shawn O’Malley, hitting leadoff. He scored on a sacrifice fly from Franklin Gutierrez to tie the game at 3. The Mariners had only one other hit, an infield single in the eighth by O’Malley.
Oakland SS Marcus Semien had four hits. Davis, Stephen Vogt and Yadier Alonso had two hits each.
“We can’t cover up the the sixth inning every night, or we’ll run out of pitchers. He hung there and gave us a chance. ” — Mariners manager Scott Servais, explaining why he didn’t pull Wieland after five innings in a game tied at 3
Seattle’s longest road winning streak vs. any single opponent is a 12-game winning streak at Anaheim from April 14, 2001 to April 11, 2002 . . . Entering the game, the Mariners since Aug. 1 had the majors’ best bullpen ERA — 1.44 (5 ER 31.1 IP). Drew Storen gave up one run Friday in the sixth. During this same stretch, the Mariners posted a team ERA of 2.39 (26 ER, 98.0 IP), second in MLB, behind only the Cubs . . . Seattle has 28 come-from-behind victories, including 12 wins after trailing by 3+ runs, ahead of Texas (10) for most come-from-behind victories when trailing by 3+ runs in MLB.
The series’ second game is at 6 p.m. Saturday when Hisashi Iwakuma (13-7, 3.79) goes for Seattle against Kendall Graveman ( 8-7 , 4,29), the only pitcher left on the roster from the opening night A’s rotation.
8-2 in their last 10 games, 2 games back from the Wild Card, 6.5 behind division leading Texas. That’s all I’m saying.