A’s beat Mariners 7-1 to complete sweep, keep streak going
OAKLAND, Calif. — Matt Chapman homered for the second consecutive day, Josh Phegley also went deep and had three RBI, and the streaking Oakland Athletics won their ninth straight, beating the Seattle Mariners 7-1 to complete a three-game sweep Sunday.
Brett Anderson allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings to win after being forced out of his previous start with a cervical strain. Anderson (6-3) struck out four and walked four, but got the Mariners to hit into double plays in three straight innings.
The A’s streak is their longest of the season but comes with a caveat. Their game against Detroit on May 19 was suspended due to bad weather and won’t be resumed until Sept. 6. Oakland has won six consecutive games since the postponement.
Seattle’s Jay Bruce hit his 300th career double in the second then hit his 299th homer in the seventh. Bruce needs one more home run to become the eighth active player with 300 doubles and 300 home runs.
The Mariners finished winless on their six-game road trip, the franchise’s worst since going 0-7 from July 26-Aug. 1, 2010.
Seattle’s frustrations boiled over in the seventh inning when manager Scott Servais was ejected. Servais had called for a replay after Mark Canha‘s hard slide into second base upended shortstop J.P. Crawford and prevented a throw to first. Umpires conferred for several moments then went to replay before upholding the call.
Servais came out of the Mariners dugout and argued with crew chief Mike Everitt for several moments before getting tossed. Servais continued to argue until bench coach Manny Acta came out and escorted him off the field.
Chapman homered off Mike Leake (3-6) in the first, a liner to right-center. Chapman leads Oakland with 13 home runs.
Phegley homered in the second then added a two-run double in the seventh. Both hits came with two outs.
Leake allowed five runs in 6 2/3 innings. He allowed four hits and retired 13 straight before the A’s scored twice in the seventh. Leake has won win in his last nine starts.
Athletics: Jharel Cotton will make his second rehab start with Single-A Stockton on Tuesday. Cotton is expected to throw 60 pitches. If all goes well, the right-hander will make his next start with Triple-A Las Vegas.
Athletics: RHP Chris Bassitt (2-1, 2.48) pitches the opener of a three-game series against the Angels on Monday.
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