OAKLAND — The A’s slowed down a team that usually makes itself quite comfortable at the Coliseum.
A 6-3 victory over Seattle halted the Mariners’ six-game winning streak and also snapped their seven-game winning streak in Oakland dating back to last season.
Khris Davis hit his team-leading 28th home run and Sean Manaea picked up his first victory since June 29 as the A’s evened their record at 4-4 on this 10-game homestand. They snapped a 3-3 tie in the sixth when they scored three times on the back of five consecutive singles.
The Mariners (60-54) came in having won 14 of their previous 21, a stretch that has vaulted them into the thick of the American League Wild Card race. But Oakland got to right-hander Joe Wieland (0-1), called up from Triple-A earlier in the day, for six runs over five innings.
Manaea (4-7) snapped a string of seven starts in a row without a victory. He’d been a victim of poor run support lately, entering the night with a 2.58 ERA in his previous six starts but failing to register a victory in any of them. He went six innings and gave up three runs Friday, with Ryan Madson notching save No. 25.
Starting pitching report
A’s starters had gone four consecutive games without issuing a walk. That streak ended quickly as Manaea issued leadoff walks in each of the first three innings, but he off-set that by coaxing double-play grounders to finish each of those innings. That kept his pitch count down early and he held the Mariners hitless through the first four innings. Kyle Seager lined a solo homer to right with two outs in the fifth for the first run and hit off the rookie lefty. Then Seattle tied it, 3-3, with two runs in the sixth when Ketel Marte singled, Shawn O’Malley tripled to center past a diving Jake Smolinski and Franklin Gutierrez scored him with a sacrifice fly.
Manaea was at just 75 pitches when Bob Melvin went to his bullpen to start the seventh. Unless something was bothering Manaea physically, and there was no immediate indication of that, it seems Melvin wasn’t willing to risk sending the rookie out again after the Mariners got to him for all three of their runs over the fifth and sixth innings. Liam Hendriks, who has found a groove of late, took over in the seventh and struck out the side. Ryan Dull handled a scoreless eighth and Madson set the Mariners down in order in the ninth.
At the plate
The A’s jumped on Wieland for three runs in the first. Semien, who was 4-for-4, singled and came around to score on Stephen Vogt’s double to right. Davis then connected for a two-run homer, an opposite-field shot that went over the wall in the right field corner. Davis now has 15 homers at home, the most for an A’s player at the Coliseum since Josh Reddick had 18 in 2012. Yonder Alonso continued swinging a hot bat with a two-run single in the sixth that snapped a 3-3 tie and Danny Valencia added a run-scoring single that inning.
In the field
No errors from either team in this one.
A crowd of 14,073 was on hand.
Kendall Graveman (8-7, 4.29) squares off against Hisashi Iwakuma (13-7, 3.79) in Saturday night’s 6:05 game. The Coliseum has been good to Graveman this year. He hasn’t lost at home since May 19 and has surrendered just three home runs in 59 1/3 innings in Oakland this season.