Mark Canha’s solo home run off reliever Shae Simmons in the ninth inning broke a 5-5 tie and lifted the A’s to a 6-5 victory over the Mariners on Wednesday in Oakland, Calif.
OAKLAND, Calif. — A new streak will have to start next season. After defeating the A’s in their previous eight meetings, the Mariners couldn’t extend it to nine in their final matchup of the 2017 season.
Mark Canha broke Oakland’s skid against Seattle with a walkoff homer in the bottom of the ninth off reliever Shae Simmons for a 6-5 victory.
It was the first homer the hard-throwing right-hander had allowed in eight appearances this season.
The Mariners fell to 77-82 — ensuring they will finish with a losing record — but were 12-7 vs. Oakland. The Mariners are off Thursday, then close out the season with a three-game series in Anaheim vs. the Angels.
“We had a quite a run against Oakland,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “It’s hard to keep that going. There are going to be some things that turn against you.”
One of those came in the top of the ninth with the score tied 5-5. Mike Marjama, who had earlier notched his first big-league hit, doubled to right field on a blooper. He was lifted for pinch-runner Gordon Beckham.
Jacob Hannemann followed with a hard ground ball to shortstop. Beckham broke for third, which was ill-advised on a ball hit in front of him. Shortstop Marcus Semien fielded the grounder and fired it to third. But Beckham made a heady headfirst slide, lifting his arm to try to avoid the tag of third baseman Matt Chapman. Called out by third-base ump Ted Barrett, a replay review seemed to show Beckham might have avoided the tag and gotten his left hand to the bag. But after a replay review, there was not conclusive evidence to overrule the call, and it stood.
“It didn’t go in our favor,” Servais said. “As many times as you look at it, I guess it depends on what color of uniform you have on and how you saw the play. But I clearly thought his hand got in there. It was a big play in the game.”
The go-ahead run was out at third. The inning ended on Ben Gamel’s hard ground ball to first base.
Seattle was in position to win after Robinson Cano tied the score in the eighth inning with his 23rd homer of the season. Cano crushed a two-run shot to deep left-center off reliever Chris Hatcher.
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