Haniger’s homer helps M’s beat A’s 4-2, close in wild card

SEATTLE — Mitch Haniger hit his one centesimal house run and third in two video games, and the Seattle Mariners pulled inside a half-game of the second AL wild card berth by beating the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Tuesday evening.

Tyler Anderson pitched 4 innings on two days’ relaxation for the Mariners, who received their team-record eleventh straight sport over Oakland. Seattle, 18 video games over .500 for the primary time since August 2018, has received 4 in a row and 9 of 10.

Haniger hit his third homer of the collection into the left-field bullpen within the seventh inning after hitting two practically similar three-run photographs in Monday’s 13-4 win. His 38 homers and 95 RBIs are profession highs, coming after he missed a lot of 2019 and all of 2020 resulting from two operations.

“I got a little emotional,” Haniger mentioned, tearing up with reporters. “It took so much time to come back. … A lot of missed time, a lot of pain, not really being able to walk for a little bit, and kind of being pretty much broken, and being able to come back, it’s been fun.”

Seattle (88-70) is simply behind Boston (88-69) and simply forward of Toronto (87-70) within the wild card race, trailing the New York Yankees (90-67). The Mariners end their collection towards the A’s on Wednesday, then host the Los Angeles Angels for his or her remaining three video games of the common season.

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Seattle can be eradicated from the AL West race with yet one more loss or one win by first-place Houston (92-65).

Oakland (85-73) is 3 1/2 video games again of the Pink Sox and in must-win territory.

“Look, we’ve played what, 15 games in a row here?” A’s supervisor Bob Melvin mentioned. “Our bullpen’s a little bit shot, but we need to come out and win a game tomorrow and make everybody feel a lot better about the way things have gone with them.”

Anderson was on a pitch restrict, and Mariners supervisor Scott Servais anticipated his bullpen can be key.

“This is the most unique card I’ve ever had,” Servais mentioned of the chances he drew up. “It had all the contingencies on there, so it was a crazy night. You never know what’s going to happen in the game, but you’re planning for everything, and as you’re knocking off each inning, it gets a little bit easier knowing that we could get to our back-end guys.”

Casey Sadler set the crew report together with his twenty sixth straight scoreless look, getting the Mariners out of a jam within the fifth with two on. He pitched 1 1/3 innings with a strikeout.

Anthony Misiewicz (5-5) and 4 relievers mixed to surrender one unearned run over 5 innings. Drew Steckenrider allowed a leadoff single within the ninth, then bought three straight outs as he struck out two for his twelfth save in 15 possibilities.

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No. 8 hitter Jake Fraley had a go-ahead two-run double towards Yusmeiro Petit (8-3) within the fourth, and No. 9 hitter Tom Murphy drove in a run for the Mariners of their fortieth comeback win.

Anderson, acquired as a fifth starter from Pittsburgh on the commerce deadline, gave up 9 runs and 9 hits in two-plus innings towards the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday. The abbreviated outing made it doable for him to start out rather than struggling Yusei Kikuchi.

“Everybody appreciates a grinder who just wants to go out there and pitch,” reliever Paul Sewald mentioned.

Servais broached the subject on Monday with Anderson.

“I was fired up about the idea and the opportunity,” Anderson mentioned.

Anderson gave up two hits, together with a solo homer to Chad Pinder within the fourth. He threw 40 of his 46 pitches for strikes.

“The best way to describe him is very professional in everything he does,” Servais mentioned. “He spends as much time going over the other team as much as anybody on our team. Forty strikes out of 46 pitches? Remarkable.”

STREAKING

Sadler has pitched 25 straight scoreless innings, second only to Shigetoshi Hasegawa’s 28 2/3 in 2003. … Seattle’s previous consecutive wins streaks were set against Kansas City in 1985 and the Baltimore in 2001. … A’s pitchers struck out five batters, setting a team record for strikeouts in a season with 1,302, three more than in 2019.

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ROSTER MOVE

The Mariners bolstered their bullpen for the playoff run by calling up RHP Matt Brash from Triple-A Tacoma on the same day they selected him minor league system pitcher of the year. The 23-year-old rookie will be the 11th Mariners player to make his debut this season when he makes his first appearance. Brash had a 2.31 ERA in 20 appearances at Class A Everett and Double-AA Arkansas with 142 strikeouts. He was part of a combined no-hitter, pitching the first six innings, for Arkansas.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: OF Starling Marte (strained left lat) spent time in the batting cage Tuesday, manager Bob Melvin said, but is not yet ready to return to the lineup. Melvin said he remains day to day. … INF Josh Harrison (strained quad) returned to the lineup.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Frankie Montas (13-9, 3.48) is 5-2 with a 2.33 ERA in 13 starts since the All-Star break.

Mariners: Rookie RHP Logan Gilbert (6-5, 4.83) will finish off the series. Seattle is 15-8 when he starts.

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