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Mariners use home runs from Julio Rodríguez and Mitch Garver to top A’s 8-4

Julio Rodríguez and Mitch Garver both hit two-run homers, Luis Castillo allowed two runs in six strong innings and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 8-4.

SEATTLE – Julio Rodríguez and Mitch Garver both hit two-run homers, Luis Castillo allowed two runs in six strong innings, and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 8-4 on Sunday.

Seattle rebounded to take two of three games from the A’s after the Mariners lost their first series in nearly a month in Minnesota earlier this week. And that worked thanks to the long ball.

Rodríguez’s home run was only his second of the season and his first at T-Mobile Park in Seattle’s 22nd home game. Rodríguez hit a 2-2 pitch from Oakland starter Alex Wood straight to center field in the second inning for a two-run shot that gave Seattle a 5-0 lead. The homer had an exit velocity of 110 miles per hour and traveled an estimated distance of 400 feet.

Rodríguez nearly homered in his next at-bat in the fifth inning, hitting a double off the top of the wall, but raced home when Garver hit his fifth of the season to give Seattle a 7–1 lead. Garver also had an RBI single with two outs in the first inning.

Seby Zavala added his first home run of the season for the Mariners, a solo shot in the sixth.

After a slow start to the season, Castillo (4-5) has now made six consecutive starts, allowing two earned runs or fewer each time. Castillo needed 100 pitches to get through six innings, but capped his outing by striking out Shea Langeliers and J.D. Davis with runners on base.

Castillo allowed seven hits and struck out eight. Max Schuemann and Abraham Toro both hit solo home runs to account for the score off Castillo.

Brent Rooker hit his 10th homer of the season in the eighth inning off reliever Cody Bolton. It was a two-run shot.

Wood (1-3) wasn’t sharp, lasting just two innings and wasn’t helped by Schuemann’s error to lead off the second inning that led to four unearned runs for Seattle. Wood allowed four hits but was credited with just one earned run.

After a six-game winning streak, the A’s have now lost six of the past eight games.

NEXT ONE

Athletics: RHP Ross Stripling (1-6, 5.14) opens a three-game series in Houston on Monday. Stripling gave up 10 hits and 11 runs – but only five earned runs – over 1 2/3 innings in his previous start against Texas.

Mariners: RHP George Kirby (3-3, 4.15) starts the opener of a three-game series with Kansas City on Monday. Kirby gave up four runs in five innings in his previous start against Minnesota.

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