Ty France homers twice as Mariners complete sweep of A’s

Ty France hit two home runs and Logan Gilbert pitched eight strong innings seattle mariners Completed a four-game sweep of the visiting Oakland Athletics won 3-2 on Thursday night

Eugenio Suárez walked with two outs loaded in the bottom of the eighth to bring home the tiebreaking run.

Seth Brown hit a two-run homer for the A’s, who took their eighth straight loss.

Gilbert (3-2) allowed two runs on three hits. The right-handed batsman did not base on balls and fanned six batsmen.

Paul Seewald pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two, to earn his 11th opportunity of the season.

Oakland reliever Richard Lovelady (0-3) struck out Jose Caballero in the eighth. With one out, France hit a popup to shallow left that shortstop Nick Allen dropped to put out the speedy Caballero at second base.

The move seemed to work as France was unable to score on a double by Julio Rodríguez to right-center off reliever Garrett Acton. The A’s intentionally walked Jared Kelenick to load the bases, but Acton found Suárez in the strike zone on only one of five pitches, allowing France to advance.

France, who sat out the previous game after being hit by a left-handed pitch in the eighth inning on Tuesday, launched both of his homers into left field between the first and second decks at Edgar’s Cantina.

A’s starter JP Sears allowed one run on three hits over five innings but was pulled after just 59 pitches. The left-handed batsman did not bat and made one dismissal.

The move backfired as France greeted reliever Trevor May with his second homer of the night. France got a 96 mph fastball that lofted into the corner inside the strike zone, and the blast tied the score at 2–2. May was the pitcher who sank France two nights earlier.

The A’s opened the scoring in the first inning. With one out, Ryan Noda lined a double to center, and one out later, Brown hit an 0–1 knuckle-curve into the seats in right-center field.

After Brown’s homer, Gilbert retired 15 consecutive batters before Noda hit a two-out single in the sixth.

Seattle responded in the bottom of the first. With one out, France drew a wide, 83 mph breaking pitch down the left field line from Sears.

– Field Level Media