Seattle started the day needing a win over the AL West champion plus an Oakland loss at Texas to force a one-game playoff on Monday for the AL’s second wild card. The Mariners did their part, but the A’s completed a 4-0 victory as Seattle was in the fifth inning and finished one game ahead of the Mariners.
Taijuan Walker turned in the best start of his career, but it wasn’t enough to get the slumping Seattle Mariners back on track
Mike Zunino’s two-run double keyed a four-run fifth, and the Mariners climbed within a game of the second AL wild-card spot by routing the AL West leaders 13-2 on Tuesday night.
Seattle went 2-4 on the homestand and play 11 of its final 14 on the road.
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon certainly came away with one persistent thought after Seattle’s 5-2 loss to the Houston Astros
In two key situations on Sunday, Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon declined strategic options
Paxton (5-1) gave up three hits through the seventh. Ahead 6-0, he was chased in Oakland’s three-run eighth, and the A’s nearly got even in a harried ninth
The rust is starting to come off for Paxton, and the rest of the American League might want to take note
The Mariners gave Hisashi Iwakuma an early lead and the pitcher took it from there
The Seattle Mariners are making their case for a post-season run