OAKLAND — Fans wouldn’t have to wait long to find out if the Oakland A’s would close out their homestand by sweeping the Seattle Mariners for a sixth win in a row.
The outcome was essentially decided in the third inning when Taylor Motter’s grand slam gave Seattle a 6-0 lead, and the Mariners cruised to an 11-1 win in the series finale.
Motter’s grand slam capped off a five-run third inning for Seattle against Andrew Triggs, who entered the game with an ERA of 0.00. Triggs allowed his first earned run of the season on an RBI single by Robinson Cano. The right-hander allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings and left the game with an ERA of 2.42.
In the big picture, it would be hard for the A’s to be too disappointed with a 5-4 homestand and a series victory over a Seattle team that has played its best at the Coliseum over the past few years. Nonetheless, the inability to close out a sweep is a frustrating feeling, especially for a team that’s about to embark on a three-city road trip.
As for Triggs, Sunday was the first serious adversity he had encountered in 2017. He allowed just five hits and a pair of walks, but all of the damage came at once. Seattle’s ninth batter, Mike Zunino, led off the third with a single. Mitch Haniger singled and Cano walked to load the bases for Nelson Cruz, who drew his fifth walk of the series to make it 2-0. After Daniel Vogelbach struck out, Motter launched his grand slam to left-center to break the game open.
Even without the third-inning onslaught, Seattle was in good shape behind a dominant Yovani Gallardo, who picked up his first win as a Mariner. Gallardo held the A’s offense to one run in 6 1/3 innings while striking out seven.
Oakland long reliever Raul Alcantara allowed five runs in three innings. Alcantara, who is out of options, is a possible candidate to be designated for assignment when Kendall Graveman is activated from the disabled list this week.