Suzuki's run-scoring single lifts Athletics in 10th, 6-5
OAKLAND, Calif. — Cliff Pennington's first thought was to bluff tagging up from first base. Instead the Oakland shortstop took advantage of a poor throw back to the infield by Seattle center fielder Franklin Gutierrez and a wild pitch by Brandon League to move into scoring position.
From there, Kurt Suzuki did what the A's have come to expect from their veteran catcher.
Suzuki's RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning drove in Pennington and lifted Oakland to a 6-5 victory over the Mariners last night.
"(Pennington) just really made a heads-up play and put us in a position to win," A's manager Bob Geren said. "It's big. We're preaching aggressiveness. If you stay aggressive good things happen."
Pennington drew a one-out walk from League (3-4), a Saint Louis School alum from Hawai'i, advanced to second on Daric Barton's fly out and took third on a wild pitch. After Ryan Sweeney was intentionally walked, Suzuki, a Baldwin High grad from Maui, hit a 1-1 pitch from League up the middle, just past diving shortstop Matt Tuiasosopo.
Pennington, Oakland's leadoff hitter, also had a double but had struck out in the seventh before coming up big in the 10th.
"It was one of those ones where I was going back to tag and I was going to go about halfway and see where we were at," Pennington said. "I just took off hard and when he made the throw I felt like I could beat it so I kept going."
Ryan Sweeney matched his career high with four hits, Rajai Davis had three hits, including two infield singles, and Jack Cust drove in his first two runs since being called up from the minors as the A's swept the two-game series from Seattle following a season-high five-game losing streak.
Seattle catcher Rob Johnson homered and threw out two baserunners in scoring position but the Mariners bullpen blew a late lead to keep ace Felix Hernandez winless over his last five starts.
Oakland had a season-high 16 hits overall, one day after matching its previous high of 15.
The teams used five pitchers each and the game featured three ties and three lead changes before Suzuki's eighth career walkoff hit.
"There were a couple of critical mistakes that came back to haunt you and maybe put the game in extra innings as opposed to winning it," Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu said. "Those are things guys have to be accountable for, especially when the play's in front of you."
Oakland reliever Craig Breslow (1-1) pitched one scoreless inning for the win.
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