Kurt Suzuki's 10th Inning Single Lifts A's, Drops M's Further Into Cellar

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Kurt Suzuki's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Athletics a 6-5 win in a back-and-forth battle with the Seattle Mariners in the finale of a two-game set.

Suzuki came up with runners on first and third with two down in the 10th and knocked a fastball up the middle past the sprawling Matt Tuiasosopo for the game-winning hit.

Jack Cust drove in two runs for the A's, who have won two straight after dropping five in a row.

Ben Sheets allowed four runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings, while Craig Breslow (1-1) picked up the win after tossing a scoreless 10th.

Casey Kotchman finished 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Mariners, who have dropped four straight and six of seven.

Felix Hernandez gave up three runs on 11 hits in six frames, and Brandon League (3-4) was saddled with the loss after allowing the game-winner in 1 1/3 innings of work.

Daric Barton doubled with one out in the first, moved to third on Ryan Sweeney's single and scored on Suzuki's base hit for a 1-0 A's lead.

Rob Johnson tied the affair with a one-out solo blast to left in the third, but the A's came right back to score two on Cust's two-out single to right in the bottom of the frame. Sweeney and Suzuki scored on the play after reaching on back-to-back one-out hits.

Seattle tied the game in the sixth. Chone Figgins led off with a double followed by a Franklin Gutierrez walk. Both advanced a base on Jose Lopez's flyout to left and scored on Kotchman's single off the wall in right. Kotchman was tagged out trying to reach second on the play.

The Mariners took the lead in the seventh. Josh Wilson singled and stole second. After consecutive outs and an Ichiro Suzuki intentional walk, Figgins lined a single to left to plate the go-ahead run.

But the A's rallied to take the lead in the bottom of the seventh. Sweeney singled off Kanekoa Teixeira, moved to second when Kurt Suzuki was hit by a pitch and scored on Kevin Kouzmanoff's single off Sean White. After Cust struck out, Eric Chavez nailed a sac fly to deep center for a 5-4 A's edge.

Seattle tied the game at five in the top of the eighth as pinch-hitter Mike Sweeney drove home Ken Griffey Jr. with a one-out sac fly off Andrew Bailey.

Oakland is 6-3 against the Mariners this season...Don Wakamatsu has 99 career wins as the Mariners manager...Seattle finished 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position...Kurt Suzuki and Rajai Davis each had three hits.

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