OAKLAND — Luis Torrens homered for one of four hits by the stumbling Seattle Mariners as they were knocked out again by last place Oakland Athletics and lost 2-1 on Wednesday night.
Torrens switched in for Seattle’s lone bright spot in the eighth after being called up earlier in the day. The Mariners are in third and final AL wildcard position, four games ahead of Baltimore.
Seattle manager Scott Servais spoke to his team on Wednesday, after being limited to one hit the night before, about trying not to do too much and playing at the same level that has made Seattle so successful this year.
“You just have to stick to your standard,” he said. “We are now in a slump.”
Pinch-hitter Vimael Machin hit an RBI double in the seventh and Tony Kemp added a runscoring single later that inning against Erik Swanson (2-1), a day after his three-run homer had put Oakland past the Mariners 4-1 .
Kaprielian (4-9) gave up two hits and struckout six with one walk in seven scoreless innings to beat lefthander Robbie Ray.
Ray, who this year had a 2.41 ERA with 28 strikeouts in three previous starts against the A’s, struckout seven with three walks and gave up three hits in six scoreless innings.
Domingo Acevedo finished for his fourth save.
Mariners: 3B Eugenio Suárez, who was placed on the injured list on Saturday with a broken right index finger, has started making slight swings again with both a softer ball and regular baseballs. He is slated to go into batting practice during this weekend’s series in Kansas City. “Geno is feeling much better,” Servais said. …C Cal Raleigh returned to the lineup after sitting out four of the previous five games due to a sore left thumb.
Athletics: CF Ramón Laureano is expected to miss the rest of the season after being on the 10-day injured list on Saturday with a right hamstring injury. He will begin a rehabilitation program in the coming days, but manager Mark Kotsay commented with the time constraints of games left this year: “I’m a bit confident it will be a season end (injury).” Laureano already missed time from Aug 15 – Sept. 5 with a tense left oblique muscle. … RHP Daulton Jefferies had his cast removed on Monday and now uses a brace that allows him to adjust range of motion and lock in place while in public to protect the elbow after his second Tommy John surgery two weeks ago. “It’s pretty neat,” he said cheerfully.
Mariners: Seattle recalled OF Jarred Kelenic from Triple-A Tacoma and selected Torrens’ contract from Tacoma. Kelenic is expected to kick off Thursday afternoon’s series finale and possibly Torrens as well. OR Taylor Trammell was elected Triple-A and INF/OF Jake Lamb was nominated for assignment.
RHP George Kirby (7-4, 2.98 ERA) will pitch for Seattle on Thursday against A’s RHP Adrián Martínez (4-5, 5.77), who has lost his last two starts and is tagged for 11 runs on 18 hits in 8 2/3 innings .