Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Rich Hill throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Monday, May 23, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Rich Hill throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Monday, May 23, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Hill wins again, A’s end skid with 5-0 victory vs Mariners

SEATTLE — Rich Hill pitched eight innings to win his fourth straight start, Stephen Vogt hit a leadoff homer in the seventh inning to snap a scoreless tie and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 5-0 on Monday night to end a four-game skid.

Taijuan Walker (2-4) held Oakland to two hits through six innings, but then Vogt opened the seventh by driving a 3-1 pitch deep over the right field wall for his fourth homer.

Hill (7-3) allowed six hits over the first three innings, then retired 14 consecutive batters before Chris Taylor’s bloop single to shallow center with one out in the eighth. Hill allowed eight hits, struck out six and walked none, throwing 81 of 107 pitches for strikes.

The A’s broke it open with four unearned runs in the eighth, aided by two throwing errors from shortstop Taylor, called up Sunday to replace injured Ketel Marte. Taylor threw wildly past first base on Marcus Semien’s bouncer for a two-base error. After Chris Coghlan struck out, Jake Smolinski lined an RBI single to left to make it 2-0.

Coco Crisp then also reached on a throwing error by Taylor, and later, Danny Valencia lined Joel Peralta’s first pitch into the left field corner for a two-run double that made it 5-0.

Walker, who has not won in five starts since his last victory on April 25, allowed a leadoff single in the first to Crisp, but then retired 16 straight before Smolinski’s one-out bloop single in the sixth. Walker allowed five runs — one earned — on four hits in 7 1/3 innings, his longest outing of the season.

The Mariners loaded the bases with no one out in the second, but Hill worked out of the jam by striking out Chris Iannetta, getting a force out at home on Norichika Aoki’s fielder’s choice bouncer to first and striking out Taylor.Coco CrispJake SmolinskiMLBOakland A'sRich HillSeattle Mariners

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