10:05 PM ET, August 20, 2013
O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Nick Franklin broke out of a slump and then had to leave the game early. He's hoping it's not an omen.
"It's been a grind," said Franklin, who hit his first home run in nearly a month and had seven hits in his previous 63 at bats. "I just went back to my old approach and worked through it, hoping to get better."
He'll likely have to wait a few days before he gets into the lineup because of a left knee laceration suffered when he beat a throw to the plate during the decisive eighth.
"I went back to the dugout and somebody thought I was in shock," Franklin said. "I was ready to go. I asked somebody to get me a new pair of pants."
He averted his eyes while the team doctor put stitches in his knee that could keep him out for up to a week.
Mariners interim manager Robby Thompson said it looked like he caught Derek Norris' cleat.
"I want to say it was five stitches," Thompson said. "He had a nice little deep gash in his left knee. He wanted to stay in, just wanted new pants. It was necessary to take care of that right away."
Norris also left the game and X-rays revealed a fractured left toe.
"It's been tough for our catchers here lately," A's Josh Donaldson said. "Dino has struggled with his back thing and now he fractures his toe. I don't know, we'll see how it plays out."
A's catcher John Jaso has been on the disabled list since July 25 with a concussion.
Sean Doolittle (4-5) allowed hits to all four batters he faced in the eighth.
"I wasn't walking guys, but I was leaving stuff over the plate," said Doolittle, a converted first baseman. "We made a mess of things. It's not the right time of year to have an inning like that."
Brandon Maurer (4-7) pitched a scoreless seventh for the victory.
Danny Farquhar earned his eighth save in 11 chances with a scoreless ninth.
A's rookie Sonny Gray threw seven solid innings, giving up two runs and two hits. He walked two and struck out seven.
Mariners starter Joe Saunders went six innings, giving up four runs and 10 hits. He struck out two and walked three.
"I was just trying to stay confident," Saunders said. "Then we got some big double plays and clutch hits."
The Mariners scored five times in the eighth, getting RBIs from Miller, Franklin and Morales and scoring two runs on wild pitches.
The A's used three pitchers, who needed 53 pitches, to get through the eighth. Doolittle has allowed six runs over his past four appearances, a span of 2 2/3 innings.
"We don't see that often. That surprises everybody," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "But you're going to have some games you don't get it done and that's what happened. They had some good at bats, strung some hits together and it happened pretty quickly."
The A's scored all their runs within the first five batters of the game.
Franklin hit a two-run home run in the third to bring Seattle within 4-2.
Gray took care of the rest, retiring 13 of the final 14 batters he faced. He's thrown at least six innings in all three of his starts.
Gray had a 13-inning scoreless streak snapped when Franklin homered.
Saunders gave up half of his hits in the first inning, settling in to keep Seattle within striking distance. He got double plays in three successive innings to keep the A's off the scoreboard.
A's OF Coco Crisp (sore left wrist) was available off the bench, but A's manager Bob Melvin said he didn't want him to get more than one at-bat right-handed. He's scheduled to play Wednesday. ... A's LHP Brett Anderson is expected to throw about 65 pitches in his rehab start Thursday in Stockton. Melvin hinted it could be his last rehab, though he would not commit either way. ... Thompson said he plans to talk with manager Eric Wedge, who plans to be at Friday's game in Seattle, after batting practice to develop a game plan. ... Mariners RHP Tom Wilhelmsen is expected to rejoin the team in September. He was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Aug. 6.
OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 20: Joe Saunders #23 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after giving up a two run home run to...(Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|Seattle leads 11-8 (as of Tue 8/20)|
|Mon 4/1||SEA 2, @OAK 0||Recap|
|Tue 4/2||SEA 7, @OAK 1||Recap|
|Wed 4/3||@OAK 6, SEA 2||Recap|
|Thu 4/4||@OAK 8, SEA 2||Recap|
|Fri 5/10||@SEA 6, OAK 3||Recap|
|Sat 5/11||OAK 4, @SEA 3||Recap|
|Sun 5/12||@SEA 6, OAK 1||Recap|
|Fri 6/14||SEA 3, @OAK 2||Recap|
|Sat 6/15||SEA 4, @OAK 0||Recap|
|Sun 6/16||@OAK 10, SEA 2||Recap|
|Fri 6/21||OAK 6, @SEA 3||Recap|
|Sat 6/22||@SEA 7, OAK 5||Recap|
|Sun 6/23||@SEA 6, OAK 3||Recap|
|Mon 8/19||@OAK 2, SEA 1||Recap|
|» Tue 8/20||SEA 7, @OAK 4||Box Score|
|Wed 8/21||SEA 5, @OAK 3||Recap|
|Fri 9/27||OAK 8, @SEA 2||Recap|
|Sat 9/28||@SEA 7, OAK 5||Recap|
|Sun 9/29||OAK 9, @SEA 0||Recap|
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|1st||D Norris singled to right, J Lowrie scored.||0||1|
|1st||J Donaldson homered to left (385 feet), D Norris scored.||0||3|
|1st||N Freiman homered to left (406 feet).||0||4|
|3rd||N Franklin homered to right (399 feet), M Saunders scored.||2||4|
|8th||B Miller singled to center, M Saunders scored, B Ryan to third.||3||4|
|8th||N Franklin singled to left, B Ryan scored, B Miller to second.||4||4|
|8th||B Miller scored, N Franklin to third, K Seager to second on wild pitch by R Cook.||5||4|
|8th||K Morales grounded into fielder's choice to second, N Franklin scored, K Seager to third.||6||4|
|8th||K Seager scored, K Morales to third, R Ibanez to second on wild pitch by R Cook.||7||4|
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|Stadium||O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA|
|Attendance||13,041 (37.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||65 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Eric Cooper|
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