A's wrap up sweep of Mariners

4:30 PM, Sep 9, 2012   |    comments
  • Right fielder Josh Reddick of the Oakland Athletics makes a catch on a fly ball hit by Eric Thames of the Seattle Mariners for the second out in the ninth inning at Safeco Field. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES)
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SEATTLE, WA - Tommy Milone tossed six strong innings to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 4-2 win over the Seattle Mariners and complete a three-game sweep.

Milone (12-10) allowed two runs on eight hits and struck out 10 without issuing a walk

Jonny Gomes cracked a towering three-run homer and Josh Donaldson added a solo shot for the A's, who have won 12 of their last 15.

Jason Vargas (14-10) gave up three runs on four hits and fanned six over seven innings to absorb the loss.

Kyle Seager homered and Michael Saunders added an RBI triple for the Mariners, who have dropped three straight.

Gomes broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning with his three-run homer. Adam Rosales and Coco Crisp hit back-to-back, two-out singles before Gomes clobbered his 16th homer of the season into the left-field seats.

The Mariners countered with a run in the home half after Saunders tripled to score Alex Liddi, who opened the frame with a single.

Seager's homer in the sixth pulled the Mariners within 3-2, but Donaldson added a solo homer in the ninth to cap the scoring.

Grant Balfour allowed a double to John Jaso in the ninth, then retired the final three batters of the inning to pick up his 16th save.

Game Notes

Milone matched a career-high with 10 strikeouts. He struck out 10 on July 20 against the Yankees ... Oakland has won nine straight on the road ... The Mariners have been swept twice in their past five series.


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