The heroic deeds of the last inning did not stay in Houston, Texas. Behind the second home run of Ty France who tied the game in the top of the ninth inning in as many days and Jake Bauers’ two-run single, the Seattle Mariners scored three runs in the ninth to defeat the Athletics, 5-3, Monday, at the Oakland Coliseum.
On Sunday, the Mariners stunned the Astros at Minute Maid Park behind France’s exploits. The first baseman, who now has four home runs in his last five games, hit the game-tying home run off All-Star closer Ryan Pressly to push the game into additional innings. Here is the video of Monday’s HR:
At 11, France once again played hero with a lead single, propelling the Mariners to victory from behind.
With the victory, the Mariners are now 68-58 and three games behind the second AL wild-card spot, currently held by the Red Sox. Seattle is also now just two games behind Oakland in second place in the AL West.
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In turn, Atléticos’ relief squandered a lead in the eighth inning or later for the third straight game at home: closer Lou Trivino missed for the second time in three nights in the ninth and has now blown four saves.