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Oakland blows early lead in loss

Oakland outfielder Josh Reddick misses a fly ball hit by Seattle's Nick Franklin in the Mariners' 7-5 victory over the A's on Saturday in Seattle. AP photo

SEATTLE — Nick Franklin had a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth inning for his third hit of the game, lifting the Seattle Mariners to a 7-5 win over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night.

Brendan Ryan singled off Ryan Cook (1-1) to lead off the eighth. Ryan moved up on a wild pitch and advanced to third on Endy Chavez’s bunt single. Chavez took second on indifference before Franklin delivered a hit to right field to put the Mariners ahead by two.

Raul Ibanez hit a three-run homer off Jerry Blevins in the seventh to make it 5-5.

Down 2-0, Oakland got a run back in the third. Eric Sogard led off with a double and Derek Norris singled to put runners on the corners. Jed Lowrie then drove in Sogard with a sacrifice fly.

The Mariners chased Dan Straily in the fourth inning. Straily had the shortest out of his career, allowing six hits and two runs. He walked three and struck out five.

Chris Young and Sogard led off the fifth inning with back-to-back singles and Coco Crisp drew a one-out walk to load the bases. Lowrie came through again with an single to score a pair and give the A’s a 3-2 lead.

Oakland added on in the seventh inning. Lowrie doubled off Charlie Furbush and the Mariners elected to intentionally walk Yoenis Cespedes. After Brandon Moss struck out, Medina relieved and Josh Donaldson and Josh Reddick each singled in a run to give the A’s a 5-2 cushion.

The Associated Press

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