Mariners edge A's 4-3 as Aoki scores on passed ball

5/2 at OAK by TOM HAYDEN


The Mariners narrowly defeated the now 13-14 Oakland Athletics yesterday in what was Game 1 of the 3-game series. With the win, the Mariners now find themselves at 14-11 overall, 0.5 GB of the Texas Rangers in the AL West.

RHP Nathan Karns was on the hill, his fifth start of 2016 on Monday Night earning himself his 3rd win of the season.Karns went 6 innings giving up only 3 runs on 6 hits (all earned). Karns struck out 5 on the night and now has a decent 3.81 ERA with a W-L record of 3-1. In relief were LHP Vidal Nuño, RHP Nick Vincent, RHP Joel Peralta and closer RHP Steve Cishek. Relief arms continue to perform as they combined for giving up no hits on the night, striking out 5. RHP closer Steve Cishek who has been on fire coming in to close the door earned his seventh straight save of 2016. 7 straight appearances, 7 straight saves for the right-handed closer. Impressive.

Offensively the Mariners combined for 12 hits on the night, DH Nelson Cruz (.275 AVG) and 2B Robinson Canó (.257 AVG) each went 3-4 on the night. Canó scored 2 Mariner runs. LF Nori Aoki (.225 AVG) went 2-4 on the night and scored the game winning run on a passed ball after stealing 3rd base. 3B Kyle Seager (.167 AVG) and C Chris Iannetta (.238 AVG) each had an RBI on the night.

The Mariners and Athletics will play Game 2, Tuesday night in Oakland. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (0-3, 4.65 ERA) will make his sixth start of 2016 in search of his first win. Iwakuma has been pitching well so far this year, he just hasn't recorded a W quite yet. Iwakuma will face well-known OAK RHP Sonny Gray (3-2, 3.81 ERA). Catch this one on ROOT Sports NW™ for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle™! First pitch- 7:05 PM PAC, 10:05 PM ET.

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.